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Jason Waldschmidt’s 10-pointer

October 08, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Oct. 8, 2008

County: Livingston

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s the story of Pontiac hunter Jason Waldschmidt’s first buck of 2008 in his own words.

As all archery hunters know the first week of the season can be very exceptional. The year of 2008 started better than most expected. The cool nights seemed to have the deer moving to food earlier in the day.

The year also started out great for me. On Oct. 3 I was able to harvest a mature doe on a new food plot at 18 yards. I could not have asked for a better first night in the woods. However, my next trip to the woods would have to wait until the afternoon of Oct. 5. During this hunt I took my 8-year-old son to the stand for the first time in 2008.  Hitting the stand at about 3 p.m. that afternoon it seemed as if it were going to be the makings of a good evening.

As my luck would have it, the neighboring farmer decided this afternoon would also be a good time to harvest his beans on the opposite side of the fence row I hunt. He did start at the opposite end of the field and my son and I were able to sit for awhile. Nearing 5 p.m. we started seeing does and a group of bucks at about 400 yards, but by this time the farmer was pretty close to our position keeping the deer at a distance. It was still a good trip as we were able to see many deer and a couple shooters in the bunch.

Working overtime and coaching JFL football I am pretty limited in the hunting I can do during the week but on Oct. 8 I was able to slip out to the woods again. Knowing I would not be bothered at my fence row I decided to head that way with the northwest winds of the night. This fence row connects two large timbers and has corn and beans on either side.

On the corn side of the fencerow I have a couple small shot plots between the corn and the fence row Early season when the corn is still up it can be awesome. The bucks will come out of the big timber to feed down the edge as they feel protected by the corn and fence row.

The night started out like many others with my long hike back to the stand. Although I felt as if I could have been carried back to the woods by the recent influx of mosquitoes. I hope I am not the only bowhunter finding them to be dreadful this year. However, once in the stand they seem not to be as bad. My first sign of action that night was a group of nine hen turkeys. This was quite a surprise as I have seen turkeys from the road at this spot but never right under me. Later that evening I had some does in the timber next to me that seemed to be moving toward me to feed. Eventually, I had several does to my rear and at about 5:30 p.m. I caught movement through a tree up the fence row.

This movement never came my way as all I was able to see were legs moving away. At 6:15 I again saw legs, but this time they were coming my way. As the deer came closer I was able to see it was a mature 10-pointer. The deer approached my stand and I was able to stop him at 10 yards. The rest I guess is what they say” history”.

Upon retrieving the buck I immediately recognized him as a buck I had let walk in 2007. Also, this is a buck that I had watched several times in July not more than 500 yards from my stand feeding in a bean field. I hope the 2008 Illinois bow season keeps going the way it has started.

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Jason, awesome story man.

Are you the same Jason that lived in Chatsworth for a while when you were growing up?


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