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Steve Petrilli’s odd October buck

October 21, 2010

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Scorable Points: 9

Kill Date: 10/02/10

County: McLean

Season: Bow

This early season bow hunt took place the evening of Oct. 2, 2010.  I was hunting with my brother Tom Petrilli that night and after our pre-hunt strategy session I decided to take up a stand that overlooked a fresh cut bean field.  The wind was slight that night and the temperatures were perfect for hunting, given it was Oct 2. 

At about 4:45 pm, I had 8 does and two little bucks pour into the bean field and begin eating.  The does were at ease and the two young bucks were doing some light sparring/tickling each others horns.  At about 5 pm, a large buck entered the field from the west and I immediately noticed a defined limp when the buck walked.  I also noticed his rack was really nice on the right side, however very small on the left.  I told myself if this buck came within shooting distance I was going to take him mainly because I thought the buck was in pain and secondly for management purposes. 

The buck slowly fed out into the field and immediately commanded respect from the two smaller bucks, running them away as they got close.  The buck began limping north towards my stand and it was difficult to watch him.  With every step he took I was sure that I was doing the right thing by putting him out of any misery he may be in, if the opportunity presented itself. 

The buck made his way past my stand and gave me a 20-yard quartering away shot.  I released the arrow and the buck bounded off to the west.  I got down at dark and located blood.  I marked first blood and returned home to meet up with my brother.

We returned to track the buck about 2 hours later.  He was found about 75 yards from where I shot him.

The buck indeed only had three good legs and appeared to have an injury to one leg that had healed over.  The buck had a huge swollen neck, 9 points and is truly an interesting big buck story.

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Nice buck.  Just when you think you heard or saw everything, then here comes a 3 legged deer.

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