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Scotty Battin’s 17-pointer

November 01, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 17

Kill Date: Nov. 1, 2008

County: Logan

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s the story of Scotty Battin’s 17-point buck in his own words.

On the beautiful morning of Nov. 1, 2008, as I was preparing to get ready for the morning’s hunt, something had clicked in my head that for some reason I had a feeling that I should move hunting locations and hunt a small wood lot that I haven’t hunted all year.

I had been seeing a lot of deer from my primary spot, but just had a feeling that I should hunt Ole Faithful. I had killed several deer from the spot I was going to and it holds a lot of does. Rut activity had picked up in the last couple of days or so and despite the warm weather, I knew if I slipped in there with all the does that live in that small wood lot that something could happen. I had an east wind which was perfect for my stand location.

It didn’t take long before I had some action. At first light I had a doe and two fawns directly beneath me. As they fed out into the field other does joined them from approximately 20 yards away. Any morning you have in the timber with deer that close to you is great, bucks or does. I enjoy the woods and enjoy watching them as much as hunting them.

As I watched the does feed out to about 60 yards I began to hear something running in the timber behind me. Before I could stand up to see what the noise was there was a doe directly beneath me. I knew from experience that doe was running for a reason.

I slowly stood up and got ready to see what was chasing her, and she pegged me and took off into the field with the rest of the deer. Next thing you know here comes Mr. Buck.  I had no time to react. Just like a robot, I saw the buck was a shooter, drew my bow, found the mark and slammed him!  A 7-yard shot found the mark behind the shoulder.

I had no idea what kind of deer I had shot until the deer ran in a half moon in front of my stand and back to where he came from. As he ran away the thought crossed my mind (what did I just shoot!?) All I saw was antlers as he ran away. Before I took the shot I didn’t have time to get the fever! But after the deer ran away and the sight of all the bone on his head, that’s when the nerves came into play!

I couldn’t sit down or stand up. It was the greatest feeling in the world! I stayed in my stand for about 40 minutes before making my way down to check my arrow. It looked great, but I wasn’t going to take a chance on bumping this big boy. As I headed back to the truck I felt like I was walking on air! I couldn’t wait to call my wife, my cousin and best buddy.  As I waited at the truck for another hour or so, I couldn’t sit still. I was like a kid waiting to open his Christmas gifts.

Finally I headed back to the timber to find my buck. I didn’t have to look long, he only ran about 60 yards. I couldn’t believe what I found, the deer of a lifetime.  The beast of a whitetail that haunts my dreams was now a reality. He has 17 points and field dressed an amazing 262 pounds. My hunch paid off.

I have hunted all my life and will continue to do so as long as I can pull the bow back. There is no rush in this world other than watching your children born that can compare to the feeling of taking any whitetail.  That’s what I live for.

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nice buck. wish i could have a feeling and kill a great buck like that. good luck hunting.

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