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Ryan Settles’ 8-pointer

October 14, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Oct. 14, 2009

County: Hancock

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Bowen bowhunter Ryan Settles is the story of his hunt for an 8-point Hancock County buck.


I had got some trail-cam pictures of this long-tined 8-pointer back in September. I had two stands already up in the area and hunted him from Oct.1 to 10th every day.

I saw him three times 60 to 100 yards away so on the 11th day I put up a third stand half way between. And on the 13th day I had him standing at 31 yards but he was quartering to me so I passed on the shot. That was tough.

The next afternoon I was back in the stand about 6:30 and he came in behind an overhanging limb and was less then 20 yards before I saw him. He saw me pick up my bow so I just froze.

After a minute or so he started to walk again, I drew and released at 17 yards. As he took off I saw the hit was high and back and not a lot of penetration.

So I backed out and went home. I was going to wait until morning but rain was coming so I went back 1 hour later and found lots of blood. The 3-blade Rage broadhead did its job—hit no vitals and he only went 70 yards.

His right eye guard is 10 1/8 inches tall.

I estimated the rough green score at 166 3/8 inches. This is my seventh buck over 150 inches.

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