Illinois Outdoors at
RulesIllinois Outdoors at

Big Buck Stories

Submit your hunting stories here.

NOTE: To be eligible you must log in as a user and use the following form.

Auto-login on future visits

Show my name in the online users list

Forgot your password?

Register as a new member

Thank you for participating!

Big Buck Stories Categories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::

Jim Eveland’s 14-pointer

November 08, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 14

Kill Date: Nov. 8, 2008

County: Coles

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is the story of Mattoon bowhunter Jim Eveland’s big 14-point buck, as written by Don Osborne.

Most of us baby boomers and younger hunters have been raised on a steady diet of hunting videos, super fast bows and scent products that make us all “super deer slayers.” But once in a while a true bow hunter comes along and shows us how it was really meant to be done. Jim Eveland, a 73-year-old from rural Mattoon, who hunts with only recurve bows (some he makes himself) added a trophy to the many he has on his walls on Nov. 8, 2008. 

As long as there has been a whitetail season in Illinois he has been quietly plying his craft. While the rest of us have been playing with the latest yearly bells and whistles of deer hunting he remained focused on perfecting the sport he loves. No scent, no movement, no noise and practice, practice, practice until the bow and brain act as one. He doesn’t come right out and say so but I think he views us younger bow hunters and our gizmos with a little humor. 

He smiles and ignores some of the things I tell him on a regular basis. Like me, Jim has passed the days when he carried a climbing stand to the woods and set it up before daylight but now uses lock on stands and ladder stands with safety belts. Gravity seems to develope a greater interest in us all as time goes by so we have to adapt. 

Jim was hunting with one of his home-made bows this year but switched to his Palmer Classic 51 pounder using heavy Eclipse broadheads by the time he started finding scrapes. This cold windy morning I stayed home to let the weather blow over but Jim was in his tree stand very early because the time of the rut had come. A few does and a not-so-small 10-pointer walked by his stand but he held off after seeing a big 10x4 non-typical not too far away. 

The chance passed by him that morning but after a nap the afternoon found him back in his stand. The large deer made the mistake of coming back by Jim’s stand a second time. The old buck had lived his entire life the way deer are supposed to, by fleetness of foot and the keenness of his senses. That was, until his odds ran out and a double lung shot and a short 50-yard dash would mark the quick and sure curtain that would come down on the play that had been his life.

I don’t know if a deer can feel shame but he and Jim had shared the same turf for a number of years. Then he made a rookie mistake that he had avoided making in years past. He walked broadside past Jim.

Many of us get the opportunity to harvest a big buck from time to time with super fast arrows but few of us will know what it really means to catch one of these fellows off guard and take him down with little more than a couple of sticks and a string. Jim knows. I think that is why he smiles about when I try to tell him how to hunt.

The buck grossed 196 3/8 inches but had several deductions and netted 169 inches.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Your CommentsComments :: Guidelines :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

i just got into recurve shooting, and plan on hunting with it a bit this year to complement my compound.  how far was this shot?  did you get a pass through.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/24 at 04:09 PM

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Scott Peifer’s 12-pointer

Previous entry: Mike Howie’s 8-pointer

Log Out

Big Buck Contest

Submit your storyLone Wolf logo about a memorable deer hunt from 2010-11 or from the past to enter the Lone Wolf Stands Big Buck Stories promotion. Starting Sept. 20 we will be giving away nearly $3,500 in tree stands and gear to readers who submit stories and pictures.

RSS & Atom Feeds

Outdoors Archives

March 2019
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons