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Rush Hour Buck

November 08, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 165"

Kill Date: November 7th, 2010

County: Carroll

Season: Bow

It was a beautiful fall day as I spent a few hours after lunch leisurely running some errands. I figured I could get my tasks done and have a few hours in the stand.  At around 2:45 p.m. it dawned on me that we had set our clocks back the night before and it was going to be dark an hour earlier! 

My leisurely afternoon was kicked into overdrive as I scrambled to get my hunting gear together and make a 45-minute drive to the property that I intended to hunt that evening in Carroll County.

Luckily, I saw no police on the way to the property as I sped down country roads and somehow managed to avoid being stuck behind farm equipment. I beelined to a straight tree that I knew well halfway up a 30’ high ridge bordering a creek. 

After quickly ascending the tree with my Lone Wolf Alpha-Hand Climber, I checked the time ... 4:00 p.m. I had a little over an hour for something to happen. At 4:40 I saw a doe running along the field edge bordering the woods I was hunting. Behind the doe I could hear a buck grunting and strained to see him through my binoculars. When I did see the him, the buck fever immediately kicked in and I started shaking.  As the doe slowly led the buck my way, I concentrated on breathing and reminded myself to ‘pick a spot’ should I get a shot. The adrenaline rush slowly subsided and I managed to control myself long enough to settle my pin behind the buck’s shoulder at 25 yards.  Still, the shot was a little high but managed to catch both lungs as he stood on the top of the ridge about eye-ball level with me.

The buck took off in a full sprint and after about 50 yards he attempted to skirt a 20-foot tall cliff but misstepped. The next second he was falling from the top of the cliff to make his final seconds a bit shorter and my tracking job much easier. 

After tagging and field dressing the deer, I floated it across a shallow part of a creek and had a friend who lives in the area help me load it into his waiting truck. 

The buck green scored 165 inches, with 48.5 inches of that being in the circumference measurements. I cannot believe the mass of the rack and none of the pictures I’ve taken do it justice.  On October 1, I harvested my first buck of 2010 that measured 160+ inches.  With these two bucks combined, I will have more than 320 inches of antler on my wall once the deer return from the taxidermist.

Unfortunately, my wife’s math does not involve antler measurements but rather dollar amounts for taxidermy bills!

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