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Glen Hasenheyer’s 8-pointer

November 21, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2008

County: Putnam

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Glen Hasenheyer of Oswego is the story of his opening day hunt for an 8-point buck.

Going into the 2008 hunting season I had vowed to be more disciplined when it came to hunting my stands and paying attention to wind direction.

A recent purchase of a few scouting cameras reaffirmed to me that some big bucks were using the trails that passed by my tree stands. With the pictures and information gathered from the cameras, it was clear my stands were in the right place.

So while archery season had not produced a shot at one of the bucks, the fact I had been seeing the pictures told me they were in the area.

As opening day of shotgun season approached, it was time to shift gears. On opening day of Nov. 21, 2008 I made the long walk to a ground blind that had been set up overlooking a hay field. The winds were light and the early morning temperature was 15 degrees—perfect for deer movement.

As dawn cast its first rays I spotted a small fork-horn buck and a couple of does. That was not what I was looking to shoot on opening day. Around 8:30 a.m. I saw four more does pass by, but none offered me a shot. So at noon I decided to go eat lunch.

Then, all of the sudden, I looked up and saw two does feeding toward me. Since I had a doe tag, I decided to take the largest one with a 40-yard shot from my Remington.

After that, having detected a change in the wind direction, I moved to a tree stand that I felt would be good for the afternoon. Shortly after I settled into my stand at 2 p.m., a group of 16 turkeys walked past my stand. At 2:30 p.m., I noticed a big buck crossing the fence to my right.

He caught me by surprise. I readied my gun and stopped him, but he was behind a tree. The buck started walking again and I stopped him a second time. But still I had not shot. As the big buck finally stepped into the clear I squeezed off a shot, dropping the deer in his tracks at a distance of 85 yards.

After waiting a few minutes, I climbed down to take a better look at my buck. That’s when I realized I had pictures of the same buck from Nov. 11 with a broken G2 on his left side and blood on his right main beam from a fight.

The buck has 8 points and a 19 3/4-inch inside spread. He field dressed at 190 pounds.

Thanks to this buck, opening day of 2008 was one of my most memorable openers. My dad also shot a beautiful buck that made for great memories and great father-and-son pictures.

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