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Tales from the Timber: B-day buck

June 30, 2009 at 04:02 PM

On Nov. 16, 1993, my brother a friend and myself attempted to draw a duck blind at Rice Lake. 

As usual, there were twice as many hunters as there are blinds. (To me this shows there is a need for more public hunting areas in Illinois).

After standing around for a couple hours drinking coffee and smelling like an ashtray from all the fellow duck hunters’ smoking habits, we did not draw a blind. 

Did I mention Nov. 16 is my birthday and we love to duck hunt? We all stood in the parking lot, watching the successful hunters unloading their boats in the water when my brother and his buddy decided to try to hunt a farm pond that they had permission to hunt. 

I said the pond is too small for all of us to hunt and that I would just go bowhunting instead. 

There were still 45 minutes before daylight and I had just enough time to get to my hunting spot in Peoria County. I already had my bow in my truck. 

Once in my deer stand I noticed a southern wind and a smell of smoke coming from my clothes for Rice Lake. After about one hour I saw a nice buck, who was down wind. Yes, he smelled me and bolted out of sight. 

I got down out of my stand and was ready to leave. I walked down the trail and sat on a log next to a fence, I was depressed after what I thought was another blown morning. 

Then after about 15 minutes, I heard a branch snap right behind me and on the other side of the fence. I knew there was nobody else in the woods hunting so I didn’t turn around, I just froze. 

Suddenly I heard footsteps walking along the fence behind me to my left. I slowly turned my heard and could see it was that same buck I saw earlier, he was walking towards a small creek about 20 yards to my left. 

I could hear the water splashing as he entered the creek. I said to myself he just might walk in my direction and I might just get a shot. Sure enough he did, he took a few steps, stood perfectly broadside and stopped. I had already pulled back my bow and once he stopped I let the arrow fly! 

He jumped out of the creek and ran 10 yards before he piled up. I couldn’t believe what had just happend! Looking back, this buck walked within 6 feet from me. I am lucky he didn’t jump the fence as he would have landed on me! 

Everything just came together as I was ready to quie hunting for the day. I called my brother to help me drag the deer out of the woods and he told me the didn’t even fire a shot duck hunting at the small pond.

I told him I made the right choice. He wished me a happy birthday—one I will never forget.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Look for Tales from the Timber every Tuesday at Prairie State Outdoors.com.

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What an awesome story and congradulations on a nice buck, thats definitely a birthday present you’ll remember the rest of yor life!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/30 at 04:21 PM

nice buck.  i am yet to get one on my birthday

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/30 at 09:20 PM

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