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Tim Price’s 13-pointer

November 05, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 13

Kill Date: Nov. 5, 2008

County: Peoria

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Peoria bowhunter Tim Price is the story of his hunt for a 13-point buck.

Nov. 5 is my new favorite day of the year.

No, not because Barack Obama just became our new president, but because I shot my first buck ever with my bow.                               

I was on Prairie State reading an article on ground hunting by Marc Anthony. He was saying how he has taken a lot of mature bucks on the ground but wears a ghille suit. He also said how hard it is to fool wary whitetail eyes with just regular camo. I would have to say I agree it’s hard to get by their eyes as well, if not more, by their nose.

So I figured that’s what I was going to try that night. I washed my clothes in scent-free soap for good measure as was off to the woods.                             

I knew of a good scape line next to some standing corn with perfect wind to try an just kneel down five or six rows in. Being early November I knew the rut was going to kicking in any time so I figured I’d try a little rattling and grunting. I did a couple of sequences but nothing. 

Finally about half an hour or so before dark I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. A nice 8-pointer was rubbing some branches above a scape. I made up my mind to take the deer if I got a chance. Now I only had a two-foot gap to shoot out of the corn, but if a deer came past it was only going to be 5 yards away.

He started coming my way and got about five feet from my shooting lane so I started to draw my bow and he busted me. He turned and hopped about 25 yards and stated snorting. So I grunted and he turned and walked off.

Man was Marc right, it’s hard to get by the eyes at ground level especially when you could throw a spear through it.                               

I figured with that buck coming through it would be a good time to do a little rattling. There was only maybe 20 minutes of light left. So I hit the rattle bag, did a little grunting and nothing. At least not immediately.

Then about five minutes before shooting time was up I heard something coming my way. I figured I better draw before I even see the deer so if it is a nice buck I won’t scare it drawing back like I did the first time. I could tell it was definitely getting closer so I drew back. About that time I could see long G2s and G3s and knew he was a shooter.

He popped out right on the field edge right in front of me just about five feet to the left of my lane. My heart about jumped out of my chest. I needed him to turn and walk my way or I wasn’t going to be able to get a shot. Because I was hunched over in the corn I couldn’t use my sights so I was just trying to look down my arrow when he turned and walked into my lane.

I don’t know if I was shaking so bad or what but as soon as he got into my lane he looked right at me. I’m 15 feet from the biggest deer I’ve ever see having a staring contest. But the moment only last for a second. Then I found the vitals and let it go.

I smoked him. He took three hops back where he came from and stood there for about 20 seconds, wondering what just happened. Then he crashed out.

I have never been so stoked in my life. My first buck ever was a good 13 pointer.                               

Marc I want to thank you for putting a good idea in my head. There’s only one problem. Now I’m gonna want to hunt on the ground more. With results like the 13-pointer that will be on the wall soon, I guess that might not be a bad thing.

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