This is the stuff deer hunters dream of.
Chris Fitzgerald arrowed this 13-point in Kendall County the evening of Nov. 1. The buck and the story earns him Buck of the Week honors, a perfect one leading into the opening of the first firearm season on Friday, Nov. 21.
BOTW tops the Illinois Hunting Report in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays, generally into December or so. An extended online version is posted here on Tuesday.
Here's the story of the 22-year-old from Warrenville:
``I arrowed this 13 pt buck on the evening of Nov 1 2008. I was hunting on the ground with my brother Chuck Fitzgerald also of Warrenville when he stepped out of the treeline and gave me a broadside shot at 8 yards. We weren't sure about the shot because of the low light so we decided to let him lay the night. After a sleepless night we went back Sunday morn and found him not far from where we saw him last. I harvested him in Plattville, Illinois.''
Then, in my world of words, he nailed the kicker, : `It's gunna [sic] be hard to top this one.''
I would love to, say about 7 a.m. Friday.
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