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This 2.5 year old 8 point took the wrong trail on November 6th to flee from a neighbor on a 4 wheeler. The full on rut hasn't hit in IL yet but should any day now. This buck was taken with my TenPoint Stealth XLT using Rage 2 blade Crossbow X broad heads. The 2 inch slightly quartering away cut went through both lungs but did not leave a blood trail as the manufacturer advertises. However, the blades opened and the deer only ran 50 yards and fell over. I watched it fall from the stand and it expired in less than a minute. It is always nice to know that your shot was true and that the harvest is a sure thing. This deer was taken on a private ground farm that I will likely be loosing permission to hunt on after 12 years due to family members of the owner needing a place to hunt. I had set my goal of a mature deer early in the season but after finding out the news I decided any deer presenting a good shot would do just fine. I'm very happy with him.

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Thanks William. Butchered him up this evening. Still had a considerable amount of fat for a November buck.

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Congrats Frank! He's a nice 8. Man, that's a bummer that you are loosing that ground to hunt on....I've been there. The rut should start firing up big time. A buddy of mine just shot a nice 8 that was on my hit list this morning. Him & another buck were chasing a doe. Can't wait to climb in a tree tomorrow.

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Thanks everyone. We had some arctic weather come in. Should make for some good hunting with the rut in full swing!

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