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Tizoc Novoa’s 18-pointer

November 21, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 18

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2008

County: Fulton

Season: Shotgun

Sometimes it pays to hesitate before shooting. Just ask Tizoc Novoa (pictured above) of Creve Coeur. Hunting in Fulton County at 1 p.m. on opening day, Novoa was poised to shoot a large doe when he hesitated.

“I had my finger on the trigger, but it was my lucky day. For some reason I looked to my right and I saw something moving in the timber. Then I saw antlers,” Novoa said. “So I waited a little more and he came out. That’s when I started shaking in my tree stand.”

With good reason. The buck that walked out just 25 yards from Novoa’s stand was a massive 18-pointer that weighed an estimated 280 pounds field dressed.

“I got real nervous and made a lucky shot,” said Novoa, who hit the buck in the neck and dropped him immediately.

Taxidermist John Williams of Delavan green-scored the buck at 210 inches.

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