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John Shanahan’s 10-pointer

October 24, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Oct. 24, 2009

County: Peoria

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Peoria bowhunter John Shanahan is the story of his hunt for a 10-point Peoria County buck.

As a first-season bow hunter and second-season hunter, I was hunting from an old wooden stand that a friend and I rehabbed.

On opening morning I saw this deer emerge in a clearing. I watched as the deer continued through the clearing, under a power line and on through a thicket.  Unfortunately the location of the stand was about 25 yards from the edge of the clearing and lacked a clear shot. 

As I was leaving the stand that morning, I flushed him from his bedding area and out across a bean field.  I avoided the stand for about 10 days and came back in from a different direction. I was lucky enough to see him again, same place, same time. 

I had seen him three times when on Saturday morning, instead of emerging from the North he came into the clearing from the South, proceed to cross the creek and entered the woods under my stand. Due to my inexperience I had set the stand up backwards when I rebuilt it. On Saturday I turned around in the stand to improve my shooting angle and only had to stand up and draw as he wandered to about 17 yards from the stand. 

He did not notice me until I was at full draw and had grunted in and attempt to get him to stop. He lurched forward, stopped and I released. My arrow hit forward of were I intended, however, the only deer ran about 30 yards and dropped in a thicket. 

I continued to sit in the stand for another hour and a half, watching the deer and did not approach until a friend arrived to help he drag him out. Needless to say, as my first deer with a bow, I was thrilled

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