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Mike Smania’s 10-pointer

November 10, 2009

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 10, 2009

County: Pike County

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of bowhunter Mike Smania is the story of his hunt for a 10-point Pike County buck.

My name is Michael Smania. I’m a 21-year-old student at Southern Illinois in Carbondale. 

I shot this buck at 8:30 a.m. in Pike County. I saw him come in and check out a bed that a hot doe just got out of. He was far yet so I grunted at him, right away he responded and trotted along the bottom of the holler toward me. I grunted a little more and then all the sudden I saw his rack coming up the trail right to me.

I drew my bow and waited as he stopped facing right toward me trying to see the field behind me. He puffed his chest up and you could tell the testosterone was pumping. As I held my draw he finally turned broadside at 30 yards. So I shot him and he kicked his legs and ran about 20 yards and stopped before heading down to the bottom of the creek.

I saw blood coming out of the exit side, then he walked down the side of the holler and I couldn’t see him. About 2 minutes later a buck came walking up from where I saw my buck last in the bottom and bedded down behind a tree for a half hour. 

Then he got up and walked a couple yards and bedded behind another tree.  About 15min. later a hot doe came running and the bedded buck jumped and followed her up the ridge and was gone. I thought I just watched my buck walk away. With tons of questions in my mind I snuck out of my stand headed back to camp to wait it out with my dad for a bit. 

About five hours later we went back, got on the huge blood trail and followed it. There he was 50 yards from where I stuck him laying at the bottom of the creekbed. Ironically when I shot my buck he went down and died right away (due to a perfectly placed shot). But when he went down another came out and acted wounded and the rack was similar. 

It was a roller coaster ride and my first buck with a bow. I’d say it has been my most memorable hunt yet because my dad shot a nice a 8 pointer the same morning and not only was it my first buck with a bow but our first double kill!

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