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Zach Baucom’s 9-pointer

November 18, 2007

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 9

Kill Date: Nov. 18, 2007

County: Adams

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of shotgun hunter Zach Baucom is the story of his hunt for an 9-point Adams County buck.

About 15 minutes before stopping time on Sunday of the first shotgun season in 2007, this big buck came trotting in the draw behind my ground-blind. He was behind heavy brush when I first saw him about 50 yards away and from what I could see didn’t look like a buck I was looking for.

I then got a good look at him through my scope when he cleared the brush about 70 yards away, and lucky for me he stopped suddenly to check a small scrape.

I barely had a shooting lane as he was in the timber at this point, but it was just enough to squeeze a shot off.

The first shot hit him in the base of the neck and it stunned him; he just stood there staring in my direction while I reloaded my H&R single shot…my next shot hit him just below the backbone and that was all it took.

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