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Kevin Naugle’s 14-pointer

December 09, 1988

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 14

Kill Date: Dec. 9, 1988

County: Macoupin

Season: Shotgun

Here is the story of Kevin Naugle’s big buck in the hunter’s own words:

It was a cold December 9th, 1988 when my uncle, Terry Goodman and I set out to fill our deer permits. At around 9:45 a.m. my life as a deer hunter would change forever.

I was hunting a permanent tree stand along the Macoupin Creek in a bottleneck, cornfield on one side and a small ridge on the other side. At approximately 8 a.m., I observed four does to the east just below the ridge. I was unable to get a shot due to the sun and the brush. At around 9:30 a.m. my uncle shot. A short time later I heard a stick snap behind me, so I turned slowly and observed a deer coming toward me. The deer stopped approximately 40 yards from my stand, raised his nose and head in the air checking the wind. I observed the white rack at this time. Then the deer turned and looked behind himself. I slowly turned around in my stand, raised my father’s 870 Remington 20 gauge and took it off safety. The deer proceeded toward my stand, with four does following behind him.

When the deer got approximately 10 yards away I fired one shot hitting the mark just above the right shoulder, exiting below the left shoulder. The buck tried crossing the Macoupin Creek but when he got halfway across he started swaying from side to side and fell.

It took four men and a jon boat to retrieve the trophy. The buck had 14 scorable points grossing 218 1/8. After deductions, it ended up with a final score of 197 1/8 inches on the Boone and Crockett scoring system.

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