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Jim Wiggins 10 pointer

December 07, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: 10/30/2010

County: Madison

Season: Bow

I had been wanting to hunt this particular area because I had found an impressive shed the year before, but there aren’t any trees large enough to hang a stand in. I did find one tree barely big enough so I hung a ladder stand just 10’ tall in it. 

I climbed in on the evening of Oct 28th and settled in about 3:00. About 5:30 I started seeing deer come in from all directions. The problem was they were picking me off in this small tree. None would come in close enogh for a shot. I had to rethink my strategy. I scoured the area same more and couldn’t find anyplace better to get elevated.

I let the area settle all day Friday and thought some more how I could hunt these deer and remembered my ground blind. I havent hunted out of my blind too much because if I leave it in the woods for the deer to get used to it, tresspassers will end up walking off with my blind.  I know this because last year I had 2 treestands and a game camera stolen.

Saturday rolled in and I couldn’t do a morning hunt but headed to the spot around 2:00 to get my blind set up and let the woods settle. I got tucked in and relaxed. I knew the deer weren’t going to be moving till 5:00 or so.

5:15 rolled around and I sat up grabbed my bow and got ready for action. I looked out the left side of the blind, then forward, then to the right where I had a lot of brush in the way. Through the brush I saw two doe standing 15 yards out. I noticed they were eyeing the blind and wondering what the heck this thing was that suddenly appeared in their field. They would come in afe yards, then go back, come in even closer,then walk back. This whole time I am trying to find a hole in the brush to thread an arrow through but couldn’t. After about 15 minutes of them walking back and forth they were standing back at the first place I saw them when this guys big ol’ head popped up behind them! Needless to say I wasn’t hunting does anymore that day.

My eyes were glued to this buck so long I almost forgot about the does and I tuned to the left and they were standing in the wide open at 8 yards but still wasn’t sure about the blind so they turned and walked straight away from me. I turned back to the buck and he acted as if he didnt care about the blind at all. But if he followed the same path as the does I would have to get a quick shot off, so I studied the brush again and found a hole to shoot through only if he would turn and stop at that exact point. Luck would have it that what he did and I made the shot. 

After about 10 minutes I went to where he was standing and looked around and didnt find a drop of blood or my arrow. I thought for sure I nailed him and couldn’t believe what I wasn’t finding!  I started walking the direction the buck ran, still not finding any blood, and after 15 yards or so I looked down and found my arrow, broken and bloody.

I backed off and called for help.  When help arrived it was well passed dark. with spot lights in hand we looked and looked and still never found a drop of blood but after 80 yards of walking and crawling through some thick and nasty stuff we found him. I had hit him square in the shoulder bone and all his bleeding was internal.

He is my biggest buck to date, field dressed 205 lbs.

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