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Nathan Murphy’s 14-pointer

November 04, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 14

Kill Date: November 2008

County: Saline

Season: Bow

Nathan Murphy had to sit out last bow season.

The Harrisburg resident didn’t want to miss any deer hunting. It’s one of the things he has loved to do since he was just about small enough to walk.

But Murphy didn’t have a choice. He was in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis for brain surgery.

Even in the hospital, Murphy wanted to keep track of his Saline County timber. So he had trail cameras set to take pictures while he recovered from surgery. But somebody stole his camera.

None of that mattered this year to Murphy. He went back to work. And he definitely went back to hunting.

Sometimes, good things happen to those who wait. In November, just before shotgun season, Murphy was perched in his stand as usual. Out of nowhere walked up a 14-point buck. That he made the shot allowed Murphy to have his picture taken with a buck that would make any bowhunter happy.

But even without the deer, Murphy’s season would have been considered a success.

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