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Justin Richardson
Justin Richardson • 12/26/2010 • Winston County , Mississippi • Rifle

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Doug Dorff

By Mike Handley

Seven-year-old Ethan Dorff of Carlyle, Ill., might well be the country's next millionaire -- in $5 increments -- if he can get a patent on the bottle-less buck lure he invented last fall.

Prior to the 2011 hunting season, Ethan accompanied his father, Doug, to the woods to hang a new stand about 100 yards from where Doug spotted a monstrous whitetail two years earlier. While Doug wrestled the stand onto a tree, Ethan built a teepee of sticks nearby.

"I told him that teepee was going to ruin the deer hunting," Doug said, fully intending to scatter the sticks before they left. Before he could do it, however, his wife, Joni, called and scattered his intentions.

"I ended up leaving the teepee there," he added.

The first day Doug bowhunted from the new stand, a doe walked right up to the teepee and stuck her head into it. Before that, he'd been prepared to kick it down when he left. But he wound up shooting her and leaving Ethan's deer attractor intact.

Later in the archery season, any plan of removing the teepee was forever forgotten.

"I was back in the same stand, watching a doe, and she turned and looked behind her," Doug said. "I looked, too, and saw a tree moving. A 10-pointer was rubbing it."

The buck abandoned the rub and hurried through the area, moving too quickly for Doug to get off a shot through the timber ... that is, until the buck stopped and took a long, hard look at the teepee.

"If it hadn't stopped to stare at the teepee, I wouldn't have gotten a shot," Doug said. "I guess it's true that deer really are curious."

Doug was back in that stand when the shotgun season opened on Nov. 18.

"Just before 7 a.m., I happened to turn around and saw a buck about 50 yards away, looking at the teepee," Doug said. "It began walking away, and I grunted to no avail.

"Then I hollered 'Hey!' and it stopped. The deer was only about 70 yards away, quartering," he added. "When I shot, it did a donkey kick and took off running."

At 167 4/8 inches (not counting the nearly 20-inch inside spread), Doug's 12-pointer is No. 31 among shotgun-felled Semi-irregulars in Illinois. Lisa Price's story about this cool buck will appear in Rack magazine this fall.

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Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 6:59 PM
Wow,young fella how bout comin to southwest georgia and build me one.
Gary Courtright
# Gary Courtright
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 11:26 AM
Sure would like to see a picture of the Teepee blind!
Chris Nikiel
# Chris Nikiel
Friday, July 06, 2012 2:18 PM

dido. please post a pix. I sure could use all the help I can get. saw a 170 class last year but too far for a bow and a no-show for a bullet.
douglas dorff
# douglas dorff
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 5:53 PM
thanks Mike for posting the article! My kids love it! Last year my Evan saw a 14 pt. at the end of the season...did not get a shot...(of course no teepee there) this year we have the game cameras out and ethan is designing a better teepee to lure him closer! wish us luck!! Doug, Evan, And Ethan
Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Friday, August 24, 2012 8:14 AM
Good luck, Doug. Let us know how it goes!

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