Well Redrider I said I would write a story or two on the whitetails I have taken over the years in Southern Illinois, so I guess I can start with the one from last year.
I was hunting in Alexander county Illinois. The buck was aged at around 7 years old and scores 140" as a 7 point. I was fortunate enough to take him at 35 yard on the ground!!!
I had shot a coyote and had to climb down out of my stand to retrieve my arrow because he was lying on the trail that I was hunting ( I didn't want the coyote to mess anything up) It was 11:30 and when I bent over to mess with the coyote I caught movement out of the corner of my eye, all I say was mass.
Moving as slow as possible I turned and knocked an arrow all in one motion, and keeping a big tree between me and the bucks head so he couldn't see me. When the the buck stepped out from behind the tree I had already ranged a stick at 36 yards. My arrow was knocked and my release was clipped, but the buck was staring right at me. All I had was a small tree and my bow to hide me. What seemed like forever the buck finally decided to turn and walk away and as soon as he did I drew and settled, it was all history after that. He ran 100 yards and fell.
Thanks, and I will send more about the other bucks later.
Midwest Whitetail Land Company