August 29, 2011
Bob Sanborn's introduction to this buck actually started in 2009 when a buddy of his hit this buck with a non-fatal shot that hit high during the Illinois' archery season the third week in October. Sanborn continued to see the buck off and on the next couple of weeks -- the buck looked no worse for the wear.
Nearing Thanksgiving, another friend was hunting with Sanborn and this hunting partner had a shot at the same buck from 27 yards. Unfortunately the shot was high again and the pair followed the blood trail until it ran out.
The next year, Sanborn started seeing pictures on his trailcam of a huge mainframe buck that had the same frame as the buck that had been hit twice in 2009. Sanborn wasn't sure if this was the same buck or not, but he had his suspicions. When archery season opened up, Sanborn saw the big buck twice at 55 yards and again at 75 yards, but was unable to draw him closer. Finally on November 6th, the buck came within 12 yards and Bob was able to seal the deal with a perfect shot.
Upon further inspection, Sanborn discovered that this was indeed the same buck that had been hit two other times as he saw the old wounds and recovered a broadhead from the buck's front shoulder.
The buck is a mainframe 8 point with 6 non-typical points and green scored 178-inches. Nice work Bob!
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