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Luke Clausen’s 9-pointer

November 15, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 9

Kill Date: Nov. 15, 2009

County: Fulton

Season: Bow

Bass fishing professional Luke Clausen of Spokane, Wash. spent nearly two weeks in Illinois last fall hunting with the folks at Timber Creek Land Company.

After numerous encounters with big bucks, including a 183-inch 12-pointer shot one day later by Ryan Pudik, Clausen shot this 158-inch 9-pointer.

Clausen, who won the 2006 Bassmaster Classic and the 2004 FLW Cup, shot his deer on his last morning of hunting at Timber Creek’s Otter Creek farm.

Also hunting during Clausen’s visit was fellow bass pro Larry Nixon, the 1983 Bassmaster Classic champion and a two-time BASS Angler of the Year.

On his Web site, Clausen wrote the following:

“The deer scored 158 4/8 and field dressed at about 250 pounds. It was somewhat of a bittersweet hunt as I had spent a total of 12 days hunting a couple of the best farms I had ever hunted and passed up a couple of bigger deer in hopes of a giant. A couple days before I shot this one there was a 12 pointer that I had into 70 yards that I could never get a shot at, he was shot last night and scored 183. There were also several on game cameras that were 180 to 200 class that seemed to only move at night along with numerous deer over 200 killed on the surrounding farms while I was there.

“The sweet part was that I shot the deer the last morning I was there (about an hour before I had to leave for my flight) and it was an old deer that was essentially a large cull buck. He came through chasing a doe at 25 yards and went about 60 yards after the shot. The land manager and neighbor had shed horns to show that he was at least 5 1/2 years old and poor genetics other than the third beam that made him the most unique deer I have shot. The long and short is that I met some great friends, got to hunt the best place I have ever been on, and killed a nice deer that I won’t forget.

“I was hunting in Fulton and Knox counties Illinois on Timber Creek Land Co. farms that they manage and improve for quality deer, turkeys, waterfowl, and of course bass.”

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