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Hunter Elias’ 8-pointer

October 11, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Oct. 11, 2009

County: LaSalle

Season: Youth firearm

Hunter Elias, 11, of Streator was in his second year of hunting. But as his father, Mike, noted, “What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were battling weather in the 80s and this year we were dealing with freezing weather.”

The latter was obviously preferred based on the final result, since Hunter did not bag a deer during his first hunt. This year was different.

After walking in to an elevated box blind at 5:30 a.m. through a crunchy layer of frost, the Eliases settled in.“Due to a uninvited family of mice that decided to take up residency in our blind, there was a fair amount of scrambling and movement,” Mike Elias said. “Just about that time a doe decided to make a visit. She seen more that she wanted to and decided to exit the same way she came. We later seen two more deer but no shot presented itself. “

So ended the first morning’s hunt. And due to prior commitments, Hunter was unable to hunt Saturday evening. But Sunday he and his father were up again early and this time, rising early paid off. “It was a peaceful morning until Hunter informed me that Mother Nature was calling him. As luck would have it, this buck decided to make an appearance. I convinced Hunter that now was the time to grab his gun,” Mike Elias said. “If you’ve ever heard the term ‘butt naked’ deer hunting, theres a lot of truth to it. Just ask Hunter.”

Even so, young Hunter made the most of his shot to bag an 8-point LaSalle County buck that pleased both he and his father. “Hunter informed me that he wanted jerky and snack sticks with his deer,” Mike Elias said.

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Just want to say that’s an AWESOME first Buck! Great job! and good luck in your future hunts.
Mother Nature has called on every Hunter, When it’s time it’s time! God Job H-man!

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