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Larry Florence’s 19-pointer

October 04, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 19

Kill Date: Oct. 4, 2009

County: Hamilton

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Alabama bowhunter Larry Florence is the story of his hunt for a 19-point Hamilton County buck.

It was the morning of Oct. 4 and the full moon had kept the deer movement to a minimum. I had only spotted a few bucks since opening day but a cold front had dropped the temperature down into the 40s and I was a little more optimistic. I saw a few does feeding through the oak flat that morning but it appeared to be another slow day.

At 7:40 a.m. I noticed a nice 8-pointer moving towards me and I talked myself into giving him another year to grow. As I watched the 8-pointer, I noticed movement in the direction in which he came. I saw nothing but horns as the big guy fed my way on acorns. It seemed like an eternity but he finally made his way to within 30 yards.

The problem was that he continued to face me and would not present a broadside shot. I thought he would take the same trail in which the 8-pointer took but he began feeding in the opposite direction, taking him away from any clear shot. As he turned I could see that he had a drop tine but I was so focused on making the shot, that I didn’t realize how unique his rack was.

I only had a small window to shoot through and a few more steps and the brute would be gone. I sent my arrow away and saw it connect just behind the shoulder. He ran approximately 70 yards and crashed into a drainage ditch. Because the deer fell into the ditch, I was unable to hear him crash.

I spent the next 45 minutes replaying everything that happened. I finally climbed down and located my arrow. After a short walk, the rest is history.

Now I have to continue to wait until the taxidermist has finished. I’ve learned that you need to be patient even after the hunt is over!!

I’ve been coming to Illinois for about five years. I started out hunting with an outfitter in Pike County. My favorite guide moved to southern Illinois and started his own guide service (River to River Outfitters).

I love Illinois! You guys are blessed to have such beautiful country up there.

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