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Ross Fogle’s 8-pointer

January 25, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: November 2007

County: Woodford

Season: Shotgun

This was a few years ago, but needless to say was a hunt to remember.

I was a senior in high school and had just started bow hunting. With no luck during bow season, I resorted to shotgun season. It was the second day of first shotgun season in Illinois and I set out for my favorite spot on the farm. It was foggy morning and extremely quiet on my way to the tree. I set up under a giant oak tree and started using my Primos Estrus Can as soon as it hit light. I had all kinds of action around me, little bucks and does running around. I even had a young buck get a little too close and had to spook him off.

When it hit 8 am, I knew that I should head home, my boss had really not wanted me to take the whole morning off work, but I decided to stick around for a half hour longer. I hit the can one more time, and like clockwork, a doe came running straight for me with a giant right behind her. I threw my gun up and she ran 40 yards, bringing this bad boy broadside. The rest was history and this is the biggest buck to date for me. I took him to the IL. Deer and Turkey Classic where he won the 8-point division, scoring 147 5/8. He is 20 inches wide, with 5 1/2inch bases. The buck field dressed 210 lbs. Some people say that anyone can harvest a big buck with a gun, and maybe they are right, but no one can relive the hunt like the hunter that harvests the giant. I’ll never forget my Woodford County Bruiser!

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