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Jim Hastings’ 12-pointer

November 05, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 12

Kill Date: Nov. 5, 2009

County: Putnam

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Henry bowhunter Jim Hastings is the story of his hunt for a big Putnam County 12-point buck.

I was called out of the woods for a conference call that required my attention.

This was a killer as deer movement had been awesome. Well the call was at 1 p.m. and two hours later at 3 p.m. I was finally done! I drove home, changed clothes and set off to the woods. Knowing it was getting late I went to my closest stand: a Lone Wolf Assault,

The stand was located off an alfalfa field where I pushed two big bucks, a 10-pointer and an 8-pointer out of the field. RATS!!

Getting to my stand I set my doe decoy out 20 yards from the edge of the timber out in the field. It was now 3:50,10 minutes into the sit. Four does moved towards the decoy from the north. Usually, this is disaster as the does normally raise a fuss and blow out of the field.

For some reason, they just kept moving closer. Hearing a noise to my left, I looked down and saw the buck sneaking in to the decoy. Waiting for him to clear some cover limbs I took the shot at 12 yards. He ran 30 yards out into the alfalfa field and tipped over.

The time now was 4:10.

That had me looking around for the TV cameras as this stuff ONLY happens on the Outdoor channel!

Amazing. I waited 15 minutes from the time I climbed into the stand and claimed one of the best gifts bowhunting has to offer.

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Cool story.  The biggest buck I’ve shot with a bow, I shot before I got to my stand.  (I got to the property at 11:00 in the morning and he was down at 11:25.)  It happened so fast.  I wish there was a camera rolling too.  I’ve never seen a buck so ticked off.  I tell people if I would have had horns, he would have whipped my butt.

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