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Joe Orsega’s 12-pointer

October 05, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 12

Kill Date: October 29, 2008

County: Greene

Season: Bow

A good friend of mine allowed me to hunt his ground. In return he gets to hunt my ground near Kirksville, MO. Heading into my second hunt in Illinois, I had looked at aerial photos to come up with what I thought would be a good stand location. In this area the deer had a few ways to go: Walk past my stand in a draw, walk through a 3 and half-acre CRP field or walk through another draw beside a bean field.

On the day of my great hunt, I was running late. I had already packed a lunch since it’s a one-mile walk in and since I had planned to stay all day. As light approached, I got in a rush and decided not to bring my camera arm and camera. That turned out to be a big mistake.

By the time I got to my stand, it was 6:50 a.m. and getting light fast. At 7:15, a spike buck walked within 10 yards of my tree. I wish that would have been a mature buck, I thought to myself. So I rattled and grunted a bit, put down the antlers, looked up and saw a buck 50 yards away in the draw. He had followed the same path as the first deer.

Right about then I sent a text message to my fiancee, Rhonda, telling her thanks for being so understanding.

Next thing I saw was a doe at 8:45 a.m. In the mean time, I kept texting Rhonda until she went to the gym at about 9:10 a.m. After that I put my phone into my coat and I heard something walking from the north in the draw. At first it was too thick to see what it was. But just in case, I grabbed by Hoyt XTEC bow.

That’s when I saw a big set of antlers on a buck who started rubbing trees. Not small trees, either, but 5- to 6-inch saplings. Well, he was facing a CRP field and I used my range finder to check out spots where I think he might walk, one a little yellow tree at 30 yards and another spot at 25 yards. While waiting five minutes for him to move, I grabbed my range finder and double checked my distances.

Finally he started walking into the CRP field. So I drew back and when he stopped at the little yellow tree, slightly quartering away from me, I found my landmark and let the arrow fly.

After the arrow hit, the buck took off running and bounded one time, allowing me to see blood spraying out of his left side. But then I lost sight of the buck and it got quiet. At first I thought I might have hit him too far back. Even so, I grabbed my phone to call my buddy, Dave N. I told him I just shot a monster. I was so shook up, I could barely speak. But when I told him I might have hit the buck too far back, Dave suggested I wait an hour and then go look for the arrow.

I called another friend, Steve C., and he said, “When in doubt, back out until 3 p.m.”

So I got down at 10:45 a.m. and walked back to my truck. Along the way, Greg M. called and offered to help me track the buck (Thanks again, Greg).

Once we started tracking, we found blood on some weeds and then we trailed for 80 yards to a treeline. A deer path there split to the left and the right. I went right and Greg went left. When we found the buck we both yelled.

The buck weighed 215 pounds field dressed and ran just 80 yards from where I shot him.

Thanks to Dave N., Steve C., Greg M. and a big thank you to Rhonda, for her support. I love you.

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