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Nate Stichter’s 19-pointer

October 23, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 19

Kill Date: Oct. 23, 2009

County: Rock Island

Season: Bow

Nate Stichter knew this deer well.

For two years he or his brother, Brandon, had found sheds from the buck.

In 2007 a cousin had a close encounter with the buck but was unable to get off a shot.

“Last year we had seen him several times and I videotaped him on a couple different occasions so I had quite a bit of footage of him,” Stichter said. “And we actually found one of his sheds during the late doe-only season. We were muzzleloader hunting and my brother and I were in the same tent. We had just shot a few does and my brother looked over and said, ‘That looks like a tine sticking through the snow.’ “

Shortly thereafter, Brandon found the buck’s other side. He doesn’t like to think what would have happened if another hunter had mistaken the buck for a doe last winter. Because on Oct. 23, the big buck made Stichter’s archery season a resounding success.

Hunting in Rock Island County in the evening, Stichter heard some movement in the timber and knew it was deer. But he couldn’t see anything at first.

“Then I moved my head and looked out in the food plot and caught movement,” he said. “He was right in one of my shooting lanes walking and feeding. I reached up, grabbed my bow and got ready as quick as I could because he was moving pretty quickly.

“Right when I settled in to squeeze the trigger he stopped and smelled me. I was just lucky enough to be on him when he smelled me. He looked right at me and I let it go.”

Stichter’s 20-yard shot was perfect, as the buck went only 60 yards after being hit.

“Everything happened so fast I looked down and I knew he was a big mature deer. The only thing that registered in my mind was I saw decent length of tines. I just saw huge mass was what I saw,” Stichter said. “After I knew it was time to shoot him that’s all I concentrated on.

“I didn’t know it was him until we got to him and picked him up and my brother said, ‘Oh my gosh that the buck from last year and the year before.’ We got him back into town and my brother had to get those sheds and it was pretty neat.”

This was the first time Stichter had seen the buck this season. It was also the first time he had hunted this stand, which was located probably just 30 yards from where the buck’s sheds were found last year. “And I videotaped him right there in the same spot the year prior,” Stichter said. “We were staying out until the time was right.”

For Stichter, the end of two day of rain was a perfect time to hunt the stand.

“I love to hunt in the rain. I’ve had a lot of good experiences in the rain,” he said. “Either on the leading edge of a front or the tailing edge of a front. It had been raining for two days straight and I knew it was going to stop. As soon as the rain let up, he showed up.

“I don’t know whether he was going to freshen up scrapes or whether he was just tired of laying through the rain.”

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