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Jeremy Staats’ 8-pointer

November 14, 2006

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: November 2006

County: Ogle

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Sterling shotgun hunter Jeremy Staats is the story of his hunt for the first buck at White Pines State Park.

I guess the coolest part about this buck, is not only is it my biggest buck to date.  But it was also the first ever buck taken during the deer reduction program at White Pines State Park. I guess I could add that I also have the second ever buck taken from that park.

Because of my work schedule, the park hunt works great for me. They run their shotgun season the Monday to Thursday before the statewide shotgun season. I went to the park opening morning and was lucky enough to get drawn out for a standby tag. 

I went out in the dark and sat in what I thought would be a good spot. At first light I noticed that the other two guys that were parked in the area had walked to within sight of were I was sitting.So I backed out and went to a new spot I sat down and within 20 minutes I was lucky and filled my doe tag. This park runs an earn-a-buck program. 

The next afternoon I walked back to the spot I wanted to hunt around 1 p.m. after not seeing anything for the first two hours. I finally saw movement and all I saw was my buck’s bent G3. He walked into the open about 55 yards away and I steady in for the shot. I pulled the trigger and all I heard was CLICK. 

My glove caught the hammer and did not set off my CVA. The buck was on full alert and looking every place. I pulled the hammer back again and settled back in. 

This time the gun fired and the buck went down in his tracks. I went to check in my buck and I think the site manager was more excited then I was.

Counting those two deer, I have taken five deer while sitting on the same log. 

Like I said before, I was blessed to be able to take the first two bucks from White Pines.

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