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Long wait pays off

Dustin Tomoson of Alexandria bagged this deer with a slug gun on Sunday afternoon, November 10 near Morris. He plans to mount the deer, which features unique curved brow tines and close G5 tines. (Contributed)

Alexandria resident Dustin Tomoson is proof that persistence often pays off when it comes to sitting in the deer blind.

Tomoson hunted the opening day of firearms season on November 9 at some land around Morris and saw seven deer, a fox and a coyote but nothing that came close enough to shoot with his slug gun.

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After wiping the sleep from his eyes, he was back in the stand about a half hour before shooting light on Sunday morning.

“Then the long wait came,” Tomoson said. “I did not see a deer until 3 p.m. that afternoon when this guy came out of the grove about 300 yards away and stood majestically looking over the corn-stubble field. He proceeded to walk away from where I was for about 40 feet and then he stopped and turned. He looked in my direction for a short time and started to trot my way.”

The buck slowly worked his way toward Tomoson, stopping one more time to scan the area.

“He then started to trot right toward me,” he said. “To my surprise, he came all the way across the field right to the section intersection where my blind was placed. He cut the corner short at the intersection and that is when I had my opportunity for a broadside shot at 40 yards.”

Tomoson made the shot count to reward himself for sticking out the day in his stand.

“This is the biggest buck to date for me and the most unique, with the curved brow tines and close G5 tines,” he said. “I will be getting a European mount done on this deer.”

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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