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Les Robertson’s 13-pointer

November 15, 2005

Illinois Outdoors

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Scorable Points: 13

Kill Date: Nov. 15, 2005

County: Marion

Season: Bow

Sometimes it pays off to keep hunting even when the weather turns nasty.

So it was on Nov. 15, 2005 when Les Robertson of Mount Vernon and his friend Mark arrived at their hunting spot in Marion County and set up their stands. After a couple of hours in our setups, a severe thunderstorm/tornado warning arrived, with winds gusting to 25 mph.

Robertson and friend decided to head out, but on our way home drove by our other properties to check things out. While driving by a large CRP field Robertson noticed an unmistakable white rack sticking above the grass. It was a large, heavy-beamed bruiser tending a doe. Robertson quickly made plans for a stalk.

His friend dropped him off on the downwind side of the buck to make an approach. He even removed his shoes to be as quiet as possible. Even with the strong winds, as he closed the distance the buck would wheel around to check his backside as if he knew something was there but didn"t know what.

Finally Robertson was able to stalk within 16 yards, as the buck’s attention was focused on his lady. Once he got that close, Robertson rose from the grass and place an arrow behing the shoulder. The buck kicked and thundered toward heavy cover. Robertson’s friend who was watching this unfold from a distance and said “He’s done! I saw him kick-up, you got ‘em.”

After a half hour, Robertson picked up the blood trail. There was plenty of sign, but the trail kept going. After 200 yards Robertson figured he must not have double-lunged the buck as he first thought. “So I backed out and had a long sleepless night,” he said.

The next morning, Robertson and Mark returned to start looking again.  After and hour of crawling around desperately looking for single drops of blood we located the fallen beast. The main-frame 10-pointer had a double brow tine and two extra kickers. The buck grossed 160 inches and is Robertson’s best buck. 

After field-dressing the buck he determined that because of the buck’s hard quartering angle only one lung been penetrated.

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