posted on April 23, 2012 06:36
By Mike Handley
Three or four minutes after a spike crossed the ridge he was watching, 16-year-old Logan Sewell of Natchez, Miss., saw a much bigger whitetail approaching and lifted his binoculars.
With one quick glance, the teenager knew he was going to smoke the Illinois bruiser. He saw only a couple of tines, but both were more than a foot long. And those 24 inches were backed up by lots more.
That was the third day of the Land of Lincoln's November firearms season. His father, Joe, was bowhunting the same 440 acres when he saw the jaw-dropping buck two-thirds of a mile from where Logan encountered it. Instead of going to his treestand that day, Joe stopped short and went into an old barn.
"That buck was the first deer I saw that evening," he remembers. "It and a doe passed between 30 and 35 yards of the tree with my stand in it, and then they disappeared. They came back right at dark and, that time, walked within 12 yards of the tree."
The duo eventually was just 40 yards from Joe's vantage point in the barn, but he chose not to take the shot.
Logan couldn't be happier with that decision. The 18-pointer was a perfect week-early birthday present. Its BTR composite score is 205 6/8 inches.
Seeing such an enormous whitetail in the flesh was a new experience for Logan, though he's seen bigger on the family walls. One of those - the world-record shotgun buck (taken in 1947 by Joseph Shields) - hung over his late grandfather's mantle in Vidalia, La.
The full story behind this Illinois blackpowder buck will appear in Rack magazine next fall.