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Roger Mann’s 10-pointer

November 19, 2004

Illinois Outdoors

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 19, 2004

County: Fulton

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was published March 6, 2005 in the Peoria Journal Star.

Fate favored Roger Mann of Astoria, who shot his state-record, 196 3/8-inch 10-pointer on opening day of last shotgun season. After a rainy morning, Mann, 51, broke for lunch and then returned to his stand until 3:30 p.m. before calling it quits.

As he headed back for home, though, Mann stopped now and then at promising locations.

“At this one spot where I know the deer travel, I sat back against a fencepost. Ten minutes later he came running up over the hill,” Mann said. “About five minutes before that I’d heard some shooting.”

Hearing shooting during gun season is not unusual for Mann, who hunts 275 acres of mainly pasture adjacent to the Black Gold Cattle Co. - the former Sunspot Mines strip-mine ground. Big bucks are also not new for Mann, who shot a 215 4/8-inch non-typical in 1994.

So this Fulton County farmer and carpenter knows a bit about judging antlers. That’s why he paid close attention the first time he saw his 10-pointer, which was standing about 110 yards away in some brush.

“As big as he was, I decided to chance a shot,” Mann said. “The first shot hit a tree.”

The buck then ran a few yards before stopping to look around, about 135 yards away from Mann. He did not miss a second time.

“Most of the shots I get are 100 yards plus,” Mann said. “That’s why I sight my shotgun in at 200 yards.”

That’s one reason for his big-buck success. Another is that while he shoots does each year, he lets small bucks walk.

“As I think back, I had a shot at this buck three years ago when he was a small 10-point,” Mann said of his buck, which grossed 202 inches before deductions. “I’m not sure about that, but I’m almost sure.

“And I’m not going to shoot another one unless its over 200 (inches) again.”

Here is a picture of Mann’s 214 4/8-inch non-typical buck.

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