Story Behind the Buck: The Big Illinois 10 Pointer

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I met Jay Ramseier and his son Brad at the Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo last weekend while they were waiting to check in this beautiful 10-point buck. Jay shot the deer last November but had a heck of a time recovering it.

He knew he made good shot, but when his group failed to find the buck after hours of searching, some members of his hunting party started to lose faith. They tried to convince him that the shot wasn’t as good as he thought. But Jay knew the buck was dead. He stuck with it and the next morning he found the deer beneath a tangle of deadfalls that he and his hunting partners had walked circles around the day before. The buck scored just under 170 inches and was the biggest deer Jay had ever taken.

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