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Steve Miller’s 10-pointer

November 02, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 2, 2009

County: Christian

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of bowhunter Steve Miller of Taylorville is the story of his hunt for a 10-point Christian County buck.

My son Michael and a friend of his were hunting on Nov. 1, 2009 on public land. After an unproductive morning, they had decided to scout out a new area to hunt in the afternoon. They were easing along the edge of some thick timber and rounded a corner to see a large buck making a scrape. They described the deer as a huge-bodied, heavy-beamed eight pointer.

They backed out and Michael knew he wanted a shot at this buck but due to a heavy work load, he was only going to get that afternoon to get him. Michael called me and asked me to go that afternoon to get set up. We went in at 2 p.m. after I got off work and this area was some of the thickest area of overgrown brush I had ever seen.

I set up 100 yards off the scrape and Michael set up closer. Ten minutes after sitting down, Micheal text me telling me the buck just walked by already. The buck stayed in the heavy brush and offered no shot. He never came back.

The next day I knew that buck was moving during the day and wanted to set up earlier. I could not get out earlier than noon but that was going to have to do. I eased in and decided to gamble on spooking this deer and get in his home. I literally found a heavy used trail and eased into the brush till I found two trails that crossed in the thicket. I could not shoot more than 10 yards.

I sat in some bushes and waited. At 2:30, I saw movement on my left and could see antlers maybe 20 yards away.

I had an advantage of using a crossbow as I had torn ligaments in my wrist earlier in the year and had three surgeries fusing my wrist. The crossbow allowed me to shoot in this thicket.

The buck turned and gave me a shot at only 10 feet!

The buck was a very heavy-beamed 8 point that had double eye protectors on one side as well as a 2-inch sticker off the back of the right beam. The deer field dressed at 213 pounds and is my heaviest deer ever taken!

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