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Nov. 18, 2011

Big Bucks Corner

Matt Lynch’s 18-pointer

Fri, November 18, 2011

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Matt Lynch shot this 18-point buck in Peoria County on opening day of the 2011 firearm season.

Here is his story in his own words.


I was hunting the archery season pretty often leading up to the first shotgun season. Throughout the entire archery season, I saw several large bucks, but I had never seen this one.

My dad had actually seen him twice during the archery season however he never had a good enough shot at him. I shot this deer at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.  We hunted earlier that day and I had seen a few decent bucks, but they were either too small to take, or I did not have a great shot at them.

I was very surprised the deer were moving so well considering the winds were consistently gusting at over 30 mph. In the morning I had noticed that all of the deer were coming from or going to the northwest corner of a field nearby my stand.

In the afternoon, I hunted in a stand near that corner to see if I would have better opportunities for shots. I climbed into my stand around 2 p.m.  Around 3 p.m. I was checking in with my brother to see if he had seen anything yet, and the next thing I new I had to end the conversation because a doe was sprinting down the hill right at me with this monster buck right behind her.

She took off away from me but I was able to get the buck’s attention. After he moved into the right spot I was able to put a couple of shots in him at about 60 yards. Later that day a friend of my dad from a neighboring property send my dad a closeup picture of the buck in front of his trail camera at 2 a.m. from the same day I shot him.

So we decided to check our trail cameras as well. We had never had this deer on camera before, but we ended up having him on one of our cameras twice. 

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This is a gorgeous buck and is yet to be scored but I am expecting great numbers. 

He has 18 points but had the potential to be a 20 point if he had not broken off two of his tines.