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Jason Novak’s 10-pointer and doe

October 08, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: October 3, 2010

County: Richland

Season: Bow

I shot this 10 pointer on the morning of October 3rd as it was chasing a doe.  The buck had his nose to the ground and grunting displaying acts of full blown rutting activity.  You can only asume it was the unseasonably cold temperatures that set his hormones in overdrive.  The love sick buck came running in right behind a doe and stopped behind a group of fairly large trees.  The doe stood in the clearing and all I could see of him was his nose, stuck straight out and his tail doing the same.  After a few sniffs from the buck the doe started to walk off and I knew it was a matter of time.  I drew my bow back waiting for him to follow. He started after her so I let out a mouth grunt trying to get him to stop.  His body was wide open, stopping almost perfectly in my shooting lane.  His rack was somewhat covered by underbrush, so I made a quick decision.  I would go ahead and take him.  He offered a nice 25 yard shot.  The lumenock appeared to be right on target hittinh right behind the shoulder.  As he ran off I could only follow him for short distance because of the still dense early season canopy.

After waiting a couple hours to make sure the buck was dead, and also hoping to get a shot at a doe or turkey, I climbed down the tree.  As soon as my feet hit the ground,  there was some noise behind me.  As I turned to look, a doe stood at 20 yrds trying to figure out what just came out of the tree.  Slowly untying my bow and knocking an arrow, I looked over my right shoulder and she had come a little closer.  Surely this doe wasn’t going to stick around.  Luckily, the wind was blowing and moving the vegetation around me.  I pulled my bow back in the opposite direction of her and slowly pivoted to my left.  She took a couple of more steps, quartering to me, and did a few head bobs, trying to get me to move.  I held steady on her lungs waiting for her turn a little.  It wasn’t long and she turned broadside offering an easy 15 yard shot.  The impact nearly nocked her off her feet, and she almost fell in her tracks only kicking a few times.           

As luck would have it the buck was almost as easy to track.  The bloodrunner broadheads left a big wound with plenty of blood for trailing.  He only went another 75 yards before piling up.  Now that the excitement was over the work was about to begin.  The temperature was on the rise, I was a long way from the truck, and I now had two deer to drag.

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