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Jason McDonald’s 11-pointer

November 12, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: 11-05-2010

County: Brown

Season: Bow

My hunting buddies and Myself knew Nov. 5th was going to be a great day to see a shooter, but we just didn’t imagine how good.

By 9 a.m. we had all seen one or more shooters with does or out cruisin’ and lookin’. We finally got a NNW wind after three days of E and SE winds, and the temps had dipped into the high 20’s and the highs were only gonna reach 40, so every hunter knows what a day like that means during November.

My stand site was situated on the back corner of our farm down in a bottom where three ridges funnel down off of the crop fields. We had also planted a real nice plot of no-plow in a bottom field and were gettin’ some nice trail cam pics of good bucks using the plot and scrapes in the field. It’s about a 3/4 mile walk down to this stand and I was in about 20 minutes before sunrise without spooking any deer, so my hopes were high for the day. I had packed a lunch and some snacks and planned on staying all day. My first deer was a 2 1/2 year old 8 at about 8:15 a.m., followed by a lone doe at about 8:30.

At 8:45, the timber came alive. I had a doe cruising the ridge with what I thought was a nice 2 year old 9 pointer we had a ton of pics of. As he followed the doe, a shooter 8 came down the ridge and snort wheezed at the other buck and ran him off down the ridge towards my stand. That’s when I saw he was actually a 12-pointer that we also had pics of. I came to full draw with the buck at only 20 yards. As luck would have it he was in some thick stuff and I couldn’t get a clean shot, so I had to pass. As the buck got out of range, I started growling and rolling the can at him, but he ran off.

In the meantime another 2 year old 8 had came into the food plot to the calling. As he wandered up the ridge and away from me, the shooter 8 snort wheezed at him and ran him off also. I tried every trick in the book to get the shooter 8 off the ridge to me but to no avail. About 2 minutes later I heard something walking in the food plot to the SE of me. As I turned to see what was coming, all I saw was BONE !!!! I immediately grabbed my bow and came to full draw. He stopped at 35 yards and I sent the arrow on its way. I’m assuming with all the activity I got a little bit of buck fever because I hit forward of my aiming point. I’m also assuming this buck came in do to all of the snort wheezing and calling going on around me.

Luckily the rage broadhead found its mark at the base of his neck and hit the jugular. The buck ran about 150 yards, but the blood trail was the most amazing I had ever seen. I don’t know how he made it that far. Man what a trophy. My buck was a main frame 8 with three 1 inch stickers off both brow tines and had 6 1/2 inch bases and was thick all the way up and out. With only a 14-inch inside spread, he still grossed 140 inches and was aged at 5 1/2 yrs old. Nov. 5, 2010 is definitely a morning I will never forget. Thank you good Lord for allowing me to enjoy these magnificent creatures !!!!!!

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