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Tales from the Timber: Twig snaps

February 23, 2010 at 06:47 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Wataga hunter Dusty Easley is the story of his hunt for a 14-point Knox County buck.

It was opening morning of the first shotgun season in Illinois. I climbed into my stand and waited for the action to begin. 

The first deer that came my way was a little spike buck and I passed on him. He walked out into a field and headed across out of sight. The sun was well in the sky at this time and it seemed that everything in the woods was waking up for the day. There were leaves still freshly fallen onto the ground all around my stand so I thought that I would hear everything that moved. 

Well, to my surprise this just wasn’t true. The only noise this buck made coming in behind me was one snap of a twig. When I heard this I turned slowly to see what it was. I could not see anything.

As I was turning my head back around I noticed what appeared to be an antler. This was all I could see.

The area I was in was thick brush and I had not planned for a deer to come from this location. The buck blended in so well all I could see of him was his head and a little neck.

I didn’t get a very good look at his antlers because this all happened so fast. I did, however, see how big his head and neck was, so I knew he was a shooter.

The only shot I had was a neck shot and by this time he had seen me. This is why he is so big. I took the shot I had and the buck dropped. I texted my dad then got out of my stand to make sure he was down for good.

Then the ONLY thing I could see was antlers! I did still have to put another shot on him to finish him off.

I don’t know yet what he will score. We are thinking 160s to 170s.

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Nice looking deer congrats, he looks like a nig 4x4?

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Big 4x4 sorry

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