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Hunter: Greg Lenz
Score: 100" estimate
Points: 9 points
Weight: 209 lbs
Date: November 2001
Location: INorthern Minnesota
My hunt was short but eventful. I was party hunting in my lucky "Shad Stand," setup in a 50 yard strip of mature timber between an aspen clear cut and a beaver meadow - a natural travel corridor. At about 9 am Saturday I heard deer upwind of me snorting several times. After about 15 minutes I thought I heard a grunt, but faintly. Ten minutes later a doe entered the beaver meadow at 50 yards. Since I was holding a doe permit, I didn't hesitate. I shot her in the lungs and she ran a short distance and went down. Then I grunted a couple times and five minutes later the buck entered the same meadow at 70 yards. I shot the buck behind the shoulder and he bolted. I fired another shot and zinged his hide, but the damage was already done. He went about 100 yards with a bloodless trail before going down. There were tense moments of doubt at a time like that and much relief when I found the buck. He was 13" wide, had fairly heavy beams and good beam length with 7 inch tines. One of my better bucks for sure.
On a footnote, as Joel and I were skinning the deer in the garage, Rob pulled in with his 8 pointer and proclaims that he kicked my ass. "Always look at what's hanging at the meat pole before getting too cocky."