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Marty Stephen’s 8-pointer

October 24, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Oct. 24, 2009

County: McLean

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Normal bowhunter Marty Stephens is the story of his hunt for an 8-point Livingston County buck.

On this morning I heard two bucks fighting way back in the woods. This big 8 pointer came in at first light. 

The extremely wet fall had flooded the Mackinaw River making the river bottom into a lake. I was hunting in a tree stand on the high ground.  The flooded river bottom forced this deer to come up the hill right into bow range. 

I made the shot at 40 yards. 

After getting out of my stand and sitting down for a moment, a giant 10-pointer came right in behind the one I just shot. This bigger deer saw me and ran off.

I started the track; my deer ran about 150 yards before going down. When I found him I couldn’t believe how big his body was.  After he was field dressed we got him home and put him on the scale.  This deer was 223 pounds.

This was my biggest bow kill to date.

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