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A buck worth the wait

Former Alexandria graduate and current St. Joe resident Evan Eigen is all smiles after shooting a nine-point buck with his bow the evening of November 22. It was the first buck Eigen has taken with his bow. (Contributed)

St. Joe resident and 2005 Jefferson High School graduate Evan Eigen has bow hunted for three seasons and never shot a buck until this year. 

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When he finally connected, he made sure it was a big one. Eigen got into his stand around 4 p.m. on the evening of November 22 near St. Joe.

“I was frustrated that I should have been there earlier,” he said. “I just got a new set of rattling horns, so I started rattling as soon as I got into the stand.”

It was only about 15 minutes before he heard the snap of a stick coming from behind him in the brush. He looked to see a big nine-point buck heading for the edge of a field about 45 yards away and out of bow range for him.

“I used my grunt call at him,” Eigen said. “He instantly stopped and snapped his head my direction. For the next 40 minutes, we had a staring contest. He turned and would take a couple steps my direction then stop and stare at me.”

Slowly but surely, the deer worked his way to within 25 yards of Eigen before putting his head down and giving him an opportunity to draw and shoot.

“He took off, but I knew I hit him,” he said. “I climbed down and it was just past 5 p.m. I found the spot where I hit him. There was hair and blood on the ground.”

Eigen followed the trail almost 15 yards before finding his arrow with good blood sign on it.

“I backed out and came back the next morning to find him,” he said. “Finally, I got my first buck with a bow and arrow after three seasons of trying.”

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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