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Ken Schaffnit’s 14-pointer

November 20, 2006

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Scorable Points: 14

Kill Date: Nov. 20, 2006

County: Marshall

Season: Bow

Bowhunter Ken Schaffnit of Peoria shot the above 14-point buck Nov. 20, 2006 along the Illinois River in Marshall County. Schaffnit said his main-frame 10-pointer green scored 195 5/8 inches. The 14-point rack includes a 13-inch drop tine. Schaffnit also has sheds from the deer from one year earlier. He said:

“I have a picture of this deer along with last years shed sitting right next to it. You can’t believe the growth in one year. Sure makes the hunters think twice about passing on a 2-year-old buck and waiting for him to grow a little.”

“I’d been hunting him for two years but never got to see him during the shotgun season,” Schaffnit said of the buck who has a 10-point main frame with three sticker points and one 13-inch drop tine. “We’d see him during bow season, but never where we could get a shot.”

The 2006 season was an about-face, as the buck laid low during gun season but wandered right under Schaffnit’s stand Nov. 20, the first day bowhunting resumed after the opening firearm hunt. That made Schaffnit happy he’d let 38 deer walk up until that point, including several “nice 130- to 140-class bucks.”

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