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Scott Dexter’s 47-pointer

November 21, 2004

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Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 47

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2004

County: McDonough

Season: Shotgun

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

By now you’ve probably heard about the 47-point buck Scott Dexter shot in McDonough County, not far from Macomb. You’ve probably heard the deer measured 294 inches (NOTE: was later officially scored at 295 3/8 inches), is the second largest non-typical shot in Illinois and is the fourth-largest hunter-taken non-typical in the world.

But did you know Dexter wasn’t immediately overwhelmed by his Macomb Monster?

“First thing I thought when I walked up to him was, ‘Man is he ugly,’ ” Dexter said. “But I guess he’s ugly in a good way.”

Good enough that Dexter (pictured at right) is featured in February’s issue of North American Whitetail and recently enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas for the annual SHOT Show. Well, muzzleloader manufacturer Traditions and seed-seller Tecomate paid almost all expenses.
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“Everything except the gambling,” said Dexter, who lost $30 in Sin City.

Though he won’t be gambling again soon, Dexter’s agenda is full for March. He’ll be attending several shows with the buck he calls Rusty, showing off a set of antlers that is definitely unique in the world of whitetails.

“What makes him so big is the palmated mass,” said Boone & Crockett measurer Tim Walmsley of Fowler. “He picks up a big part of his score on his mass. But he’s also got 127 inches of abnormal points, which is amazing.”

Or as Classic organizer Glenn Helgeland said, “It’s a young elk.”

Despite those wide beams and abundant points, Dexter did not know Rusty was roaming the farm he hunts.

“I hadn’t seen any shooter bucks all bow season,” said Dexter, who was hunting with a Pursuit Pro muzzleloader on the final day of first shotgun season. “I just sat down in the middle of the afternoon and he just happened to wander by.”

The other best-of-show for muzzleloaders was a 182 1/8-inch typical Woodford County buck shot by Jeff Jordan of Hudson.

Muzzleloader season ends with a flurry near Macomb

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was published Dec. 2, 2004 in the Peoria Journal Star.

Hunting on the final day of first season with a muzzleloader, Scott Dexter of Macomb shot a 46-point buck with a tangled mass of antlers that has Illinois deer hunters buzzing. The buck’s non-typical rack green-scored at 293 3/8 inches (NOTE: was later officially scored at 295 3/8 inches) and is expected to rank No. 2 in Illinois after a mandatory 60-day drying period.

Deer scored as typical have antlers that are basically symmetrical. Non-typical racks often feature wild combinations of antler points. That’s certainly true of Dexter’s deer, which had 126 inches of abnormal points and tines with circumferences of up to 7 inches.

Only Peorian Jerry Bryant has a non-typical rack that ranks higher. The buck Bryant shot in 2001 in Fulton County had 36 points that measured 304 3/8 inches and is the second-largest non-typical ever shot by a hunter. Dexter’s should become the fourth largest hunter-harvested buck.

That lofty company has kept Dexter busy with reporters. Representatives from a major deer-hunting magazine are even expected in Macomb this weekend. Despite that, Dexter still plans to hunt during the second season, which runs today through Sunday.

“If I get a second big one I’m going into hiding,” Dexter joked. “It’s been bad enough with this one. They had pictures of (the 46-point buck) at Farm King (in Macomb) and they had to take them down because people kept trying to take them.”

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