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Kevin Grammer’s 21-pointer

October 26, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 21

Kill Date: Oct. 26, 2008

County: Calhoun

Season: Bow

Sometimes the slightest mistake can be costly for bowhunters.

But Kevin Grammer is living proof that you don’t always have to be perfect in the woods to shoot the “buck of a lifetime.”

Hunting in Calhoun County in unfamiliar terrain, Grammer of O’Fallon overcame a series of obstacles to shoot an impressive 21-point buck on Oct. 26. The buck field dressed at 207 pounds and Grammer said he believes the rack will gross more than 200 inches and net between 190-195 inches.
 
“I just feel extremely blessed,” Grammer, 44, told Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat. “It was an absolute monster. I don’t know how to explain it. I know a lot of guys who hunt and nobody sees anything like this. I don’t know why it happened to me, but I’ll take it.”

Click here to read Kloeckner’s story.

Grammer was hunting with five friends on private land in Calhoun County and shot his buck on the last day of a three-day hunt. He had never seen the property before and on the last day was hunting in winds that gusted up to 40 mph.

“They dropped me off and I looked around and found a tree with a scrape and I thought, ‘This would be pretty good,’” Grammer said. “I picked a tree, climbed up in it and it was just as windy as can be. I honestly thought I wasn’t going to see anything because it was so windy. It was very scary up in that climber. I had a safety harness on, but it was still very scary.”

Grammer said at about 5;20 p.m. two does passed his stand and 15 minutes later he saw a buck 12 yards away.

“I had no idea he was coming in,” Grammer said. “It was so windy, you couldn’t hear anything. Honestly, I thought he might be a nice eight- or 10-pointer. I had no clue he was this big. The bases of his antlers blended in so well with his fur that I couldn’t tell.”

But as he grabbed at his bow, the bottom of the bow crashed into his metal stand. The buck tensed, but did not run. Then as Grammer was readying to shoot, he had to contend with several branches in his sightline. Even so, he made a perfect shot, double-lunging the buck which ran about 40 yards.

“I sat there for about two minutes and didn’t yell to any of my buddies,” said Grammer, whose previous biggest deer was an 11-pointer from St. Clair County in 2005. “I just said to myself, ‘I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this. It was the buck of a lifetime for me.”

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