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Mark Matkovich’s 10-pointer

November 13, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 13, 2008

County: Marshall

Season: Bow

Mark Matkovich had no idea when Nov. 13 arrived it would be a day he had dreamed of.

The Aurora bowhunter sat in his stand as he had several times before, overlooking a deep ravine that was littered with signs of a big buck. Matkovich figured this was a great place to find rutting bucks.

But the afternoon was slow, with little deer action. Matkovich had twice seen a big buck in the days leading up to this one and he hoped for another sighting.

Then at around 3:45 p.m., Matkovich spotted movement to his right. The movement was the same big 10-pointer he had been hoping to see. Eventually the buck came within 25 yards and stepped into a shooting lane. Though a relative newcomer to bowhunting, Matkovich said he “controlled buck fever and composed himself just long enough to get a shot off at the buck.”

At the shot, the big buck jumped, wheeled around and took off running north. It was 15 minutes before Matkovich could grab his phone and call a hunting buddy to discuss what he should do next. Since he was unsure of his hit and since darkness was approaching, the friend’s advice was to let the deer go overnight. While that was a good plan, Matkovich had to work the next day. And a forecast calling for rain that night only added to his emotional roller coaster.

But Matkovich was fortunate that his hunting buddies Glen and Dan were able to take up the tracking duties early the next morning. After three hours of searching, they found the big 10-pointer dead in a thicket.

Matkovich was elated to receive a call from his friends. He was even more elated when his friends brought the buck to his workplace.

The 10-pointer topped 200 pounds field dressed and eased Matkovich’s pain of having to miss the 2008 shotgun season opener.

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