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Nate Campbell’s 26-pointer

October 10, 2009

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Scorable Points: 26

Kill Date: Oct. 10, 2009

County: McDonough

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Beardstown bowhunter Nate Campbell is the story of his hunt for a huge McDonough County buck.

I shot this buck Saturday, Oct. 10 around 5:45 pm in McDonough County. The shot was a little bit back on the deer from where I would have exactly liked it to hit the deer so I waited about 30 minutes and left. The deer went one way so I went the other.

It was found Sunday morning. I counted 35 points with 26 of the point being points that will be scorable. I killed it using a Bear Element Bow with Slick Trick broadheads.

The buck has to his credit double drop tines with the right side splitting into two and kickers all over the place.

UPDATE: The buck was officially scored at 228 5/8 inches net and grossed 241 6/8 inches, with 26 scorable points.

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The story of my hunt really started before Oct. 10, though. On Oct. 5 I scouted out a new area of the property that I have had permission to hunt for the last two years. After a long walk I finally found a spot on the most southern part of the property. My instincts told me this is where a big buck would have to live. There was abundant amounts of acorns all around, water for drinking, and plenty of tall brush and grass for bedding. After bush-whacking a 200-yard trail, I found two large deer trails that intersected each other. I set up my climber and cut shooting lanes. I let the stand set for the next few days to let things settle down.

Fast forward to Oct. 10, when I climbed into the new stand at 3:45 p.m. and began to wait. Nearly two hours had passed without seeing a single deer when suddenly over my right shoulder I noticed movement. The heavy foliage remaining on the trees made seeing outside 30 yards difficult. Grabbing my bow from the bow hanger I stood up to see a bruiser walking right down the trail I was set up on.

I quickly noticed the drop tine on his left side. After finding a shooting lane I could shoot from, I launched an arrow and the buck was on the run. Immediately after the arrow screamed completely through the buck I realized I was not happy with the shot. The small 10-inch lane I had to shoot through made shot placement very difficult! The buck ran about 15 yards and stop behind some trees not giving me another shot.

Shortly after the buck bolted to the east. From the look of the shot I thought I had gut shot the buck and would never find him. I soon became overwhelmed with anger and disappointment. I sat down and calmed myself. Not letting my emotions get the best of me, I waited patiently for 30 minutes and climbed out of my stand. I walked paces from my tree to my arrow counting 12 paces.

When I picked up my arrow I found dark red blood indicating a liver shot. Still not completely happy with my shot I headed the opposite direction of the buck. I walked nearly 1 1/2 miles out of my way not to spook the buck in case he was on his bed.

After a long, sleepless night myself, my dad and some friends headed to the woods at first day light. We quickly recovered the blood trail and followed the trail for about 100 years when the blood seemed to stop. Splitting up we all began to search the area—and 200 yards later the buck was recovered. To my amazement the buck had a drop tine on both side and nearly 30 scoreable point.

I had never seen a celebration like the one that took place from five grown men in my life. What a wonderful feeling! Trusting my instincts to not track the monster McDonough County deer the night before paid off in the end.

What a trophy of a lifetime!

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Congrats on a huge deer.
He is truly a remarkable animal.

Posted by archernut_ibs on 10/13 at 08:32 AM

Congrats on this amazing buck. It is neat just to have 1 drop tine but 2 is just a dream come true.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/13 at 09:17 AM

Does anyone know where in McDonough it was taken?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/13 at 07:53 PM

I had heard just south of Industry.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/18 at 08:19 PM

looks like an elk ..  Nice job!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/19 at 10:12 AM

cograts , thats the buck we all dream about , im exceited just looking at the pic.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/21 at 01:04 PM

Nothing like a “horny” buck.  Amazing rack.  I’ll bet he commanded respect from his fellow deer buds.  Looks like he could plant corn with that head.  Congrats.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/21 at 07:26 PM

Great Harvest Nate…Congrats!

Posted by HawgNSonsTV on 11/29 at 05:40 AM

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