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Joe Edwards’ 11-pointer

October 17, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: Oct. 17, 2009

County: Woodford

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of East Peoria bowhunter Joe Edwards is the story of his hunt for an 11-point Woodford County buck.

I was out hunting the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17 with my girlfriend’s brother, Ben, at their family land in Germantown Hills.

I was tired after having hunted the day before, but he has football practice all week and by the time the weekend gets here, he is rearing to go sit in the stand. So we headed to the property which is less than 5 minutes drive from their house. Once we got there Ben decided he wanted to sit in a stand on the edge of a bean field.

So I decided I would sit in a ground blind overlooking a small winter wheat field.

As I walked down to it I was thinking, “There are a lot of deer tracks all around this field.” So I got ready for my hunt. After getting into the ground blind I remember thinking we are here early. I start to doze off a little when I here a sound coming from behind the blind. I turned and watched only to see that about 8 black cows moved in to eat along the fence line. So now all I could hear were these cows chomping. About 30 minutes before shooting time was up the cows moved off.

I was sitting in my blind not seeing anything.

Just about last light Ben got down from the tree stand he was hunting on the top of the hill. As he was walking back he jumped a couple of deer one was a small spike buck and the other was a big 11-pointer.

Ben got to full draw but did not have a good shot as the buck ran. I was getting packed up about ready to head out and I looked up and saw the two bucks run across the field towards me. I picked up my bow and drew back as the big buck stopped broadside at 20 yards on a four-wheeler trail along the winter wheat.

As soon as the arrow left the bow I knew that the shot was perfect, the arrow passed through the buck and he took off and went about 75 yards. It happened so fast that I did not even get a chance to get nervous. All I knew was that I had just shot the biggest buck of my life.

The buck had a huge body and field dressed at 230 pound, we estimated his age at about 5-6 years.

I would like to thank Ben and his dad Curt for letting me hunt on their family land and also my girlfriend Brooke for putting up with me during hunting season. I have taken several nice bucks with my bow but this will have a special place in my heart.

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