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Stan Toennies’ 22-pointer

October 20, 2007

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Scorable Points: 22

Kill Date: Oct. 20, 2007

County: Marion

Season: Bow

Stan Toennies of Highland had an awesome deer season in 2007-08.

For one thing, he was able to shoot this big buck On Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. after passing up some good bucks earlier in the season.

“We’re somewhat trophy hunters,” Toennies said, “and we don’t shoot small deer. We’ll shoot does, but we have them so lousy out there it’s unbelievable. At that place, we can see 35 to 40 deer a day.”

In fact, on the morning of Oct. 20, Toennies passed up a 140-inch deer that would have enticed a shot from many other bowhunters. Instead, he waited for something larger. Wisely. Later that morning he saw this 22-pointer, which field-dressed at 226 pounds and green scored 206 inches according to a Pope and Young Club scorer.

“The deer came as most do in early season. I did not see him until he was 40 yards and closing. I was up about 28 to 30 feet which allowed me to stand and get positioned for the shot. He was at a steady walk and just about to clear some brush my plan was to draw and stop him at about 10 yards.”

But the buck heard Toennies draw and stopped cold, staring right in his direction. Fortunately for Toennies, the deer was close and he was able to make a good shot. Incidentally, Toennies thinks he missed the same buck last year while it was chasing a doe and scored around 190 inches.

“I literally missed this deer last year,” Toennies said. “He was chasing a doe in late November. His third trip past me, I just nicked him in the bottom of the chest. I saw him later right at dark chasing the same doe within 20 yards and couldn’t get a shot.

“There’s too much irony. He was the same kind of deer last year.”

Toennies and his hunting buddies are so familiar with the deer on their property,they give them nicknames. The 22-pointer was called “Bruiser.”

Here are more pictures of the Marion County buck’s rack, which is expected to score about 197 inches after the mandatory 60-day drying period. We earlier had shown these following two pictures under the heading of “Mystery buck needs a story.” Consider the mystery solved.

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As if that wasn’t reason enough for celebration, Toennies got to celebrate an impressive gun kill by his wife, Deborah (pictured below with this year’s 14-point buck). She bagged her second buck of 150 inches or better in just her fourth season. The deer is expected to score 156 points and was actually a 16-pointer with two points broken off. One reason for that is her patience, Toennies said.

“She has been passing several good bucks with her bow the past few years,” he said. “She’s always gone with me, but in the last four years she’s really been hunting hard. She’s more involved in it now than I ever imagined. She’s way more patient than I am. She shot that deer at 11:30 a.m. I’ll tell you, there aren’t too many people sitting out there at 11:30 a.m.”

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As a closing note, Toennies said, “The best thing I ever did was to get my wife hunting. Not only is she nuts now I can go all I want because she wants to.”

Next up for this hunting family is a turn for the Toennies’ 16-year-old daughter.

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