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Hayley Sefton’s 11-pointer

November 21, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2009

County: Woodford

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Bloomington hunter Hayley Sefton is the story of her hunt for an 11-point Woodford County buck.

It was Saturday morning of the first shotgun season and I was waiting in my stand after a disapointing Friday where I only saw a doe with a fawn.

I don’t like to shoot does if they still have fawns with them and therefore passed on them. I put down a drag with the golden estrous gel.

This buck was walking along some CRP and put his nose down right at the spot I started the drag. At first I thought he was a young guy because I couldn’t see his antlers through the brush. The brush clears out about 25 yards away from my stand at the edge of the creek and he came quickly across the creek to within 15 yards of me.

That is when I realized this deer was a lot bigger than I originally thought. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready because I thought he was young and don’t like to shoot young bucks giving them a chance to grow up.

So when I adjusted my sitting angle he saw movement and ran back up the hill across the creek and stood there and looked in my direction to figure out what I was. I took this opportunity to put my shotgun up and try and find him in my scope.

After what felt like forever I finally found the spot that I wanted to shoot and took the shot. He was in a little bit of brush and didn’t jump up or anything when I shot and by his reaction I was not sure if I had hit him or not.

So I got down from my stand right away and went to where I shot to see if there was any blood. I walked toward where I watched him run and felt relief when I saw blood and it was from both sides. I made a couple of calls giving him some time and followed the blood trail 40 yards and there he was.

I had hit him exactly where I shot. That was the first time I had ever seen this buck. We did not have any trail camera pictures of him and when I sat down next to him and started counting his points I couldn’t believe how big he was.

I counted 11 scorable points and 1 that was broken off in the back that was barely to short to count, so for my counting (which is what counts) I consider him a 12. I could not tell you how close it was that I almost lost out on shooting this guy.

Thank goodness I had luck a little with me that morning.

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