by Brock Decker
My name is Brock Decker, I live
in rural Amboy, Illinois. For the past two years now I have been
hunting for about 3 years now and just last year was introduced
to Bow Hunting. My father never bow hunted but was an avid shotgun
hunter and really nothing else. I decided being young and liking
the outdoors as much as i do i would give it a shot literally.
year the season of 2002 a had allot of opportunities to take
allot of nice doe and some very exceptional bucks but always
something happened. Well this year turned for the better.
9, 2003 the rut was hitting pretty good in Illinois and i was
depressed cause of pass misses but man would that change. My
mother always told me to listen to my father but i didn't think
it was to this extent. My father was getting ready for football
to start he asked me if i wanted to go hunting but i simply replied,
yes. He said i don't know son I think today is the day. I said
for what, he replied i think today is the day you get your first
not to upbeat got my stuff loaded into the Jeep and he drove
me down and on the way down my father also told me to hunt my
stand but i told him the wind wasn't right he said give it a
shot I told him that i might. I got out there at about 1:30 pm.
I sat down in the ground blind that i had set up the previous
week but then my dads words started to sound good in my head
as the blind was on the ground and pretty uncomfortable, since
the circulation in my legs was gone. So I took my time getting
in to my stand it was now about 2:15 pm. As i was getting ready
to pull my bow up i heard a noise thankfully it was just a squirrel!
I got my bow, a PSE Lightning Flite 2, up to me then I proceeded
to knock an arrow and check my shots, since the last time I was
in this stand was in the early season. Then I settled down for
the wait but that wasn't that long!
in my stand for no longer then 15 minutes and in came this monster
10 point from what I seen. I thought for sure he was gonna take
the other path and I would never see this monster again! But
as luck has it, he came my way. He circled my stand and went
right around me to my one opening on the right side of my stand.
As I drew back my bow he got to the spot where it was last call
if he moved another inch i couldn't take my shot. So I did what
i seen on tv. I gave it a mouth grunt that stopped him right
there, he was quartering away at 20 yards. As my gut dropped
i released the arrow! Then i watch as my arrow penetrated for
a perfect double lung shot! As i watched him run the shot that
i had taken just kept running through my head over and over like
a broken record. Then i heard the buck crash down in the woods.
i sat there blank in thought i came back to my senses and called
my dad, since we had went through this problem last year of me
missing an eight point that i was positive that i hit right in
the heart but soon found out that i didn't even graze the deer,
he asked me a few question like where the arrow hit and if it
stuck in him and if i made a good shot. I told him the answer
and he said he would be down to get me and hopefully the deer,
he and my mom got down there we started tracking the buck. We
got to a good trail of blood and i happened to look up and see
the antlers over a small brush pile. My parents were both in
complete awe and me i was almost crying in happiness. so my dad
and i proceeded to drag this goliath deer out of the woods, that
i would never look at the same, and into the back of the Jeep.
We took so many pictures and for Christmas i am getting this
monster 11 point buck mounted. He Field Dressed, on the scale,
210 and will score right up there around 150 to 160 like i said
this is a giant buck, I am not exaggerating! The taxidermist
that i took my buck to, doesn't score them so when i get him
back i will reply with the score and a picture. After this buck
was taken out of those woods I soon learned and scouted another
buck that is bigger then this 11 point. Next year maybe i will
have another tail to tell you about another buck that may be
in the record books but until then i am happy with what i have
and will not judge any buck to this one simply because of antler
size but it will always be in my mind.
16 years of age