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Scott Boyd’s 17-pointer

October 03, 2007

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Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 17

Kill Date: Oct. 3, 2007

County: Brown

Season: Bow

Don’t tell Scott Boyd of Cooperstown the only time to take a trophy buck is during the rut. Hunting on Oct. 3, 2007, bowhunter Boyd shot the 17-point Brown County buck pictured above.

The buck was unofficially green-scored at 195 6/8 inches despite a broken brow tine. As is so often the key in the early season, Boyd targeted a known buck bedding area to kill his deer.

After hunting the second day of the season and not seeing a deer, Boyd arrived early to his stand along the LaMoine River—a spot he is allowed to hunt because he mows the owner’s yard. By the time the Rushville police officer settled in, he heard a deer blowing at him nearby. As daylight arrived, the scene became clearer.

“Something caught my eyes about 70 yards in front of me in the tall weeds,” Boyd said. “I kept looking and it kept moving. Then I thought, ‘That looks like antlers.’ “

Moments later the big buck stood up in the thick weeds, shook off and walked toward Boyd.

“The whole time my heart was just about to come out of my shirt,” he said. “That baby was really thumping.”

A bowhunter since 1990 with a few “decent” bucks to his credit, Boyd said he had missed shots at big deer before. So he was nervous history might repeat. But after the buck passed behind a tree, Boyd drew, fired and downed one of the best racks reported in Illinois this season.

“I haven’t been back out since,” Boyd said. “I’ll probably never top that one.”

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