Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dumb Luck

Sometimes, luck is just being in the right place at the right time with a little helpful geography.
  • It took Google Earth, a little deer psychology and a freak shot.

    But bow-and-arrow hunter Joe Graber's persistence may have won him a coveted Boone and Crockett Club trophy for killing one of the largest deer this season in Illinois - a 25-point buck.

    The 35-year-old Edwardsville construction worker had caught glimpses of the monster whitetail in Madison County for years. And recently, he used Google Earth to map likely paths it used.

    It wandered down one of those paths as Graber waited on Oct. 26. His shot deflected and the arrow ended up going through the deer's ear. The startled animal slipped off a cliff, into a creek and drowned.
We might be a little embarrassed to be telling that deer story at the bar this winter.

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23 Comments:

Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

Sounds like something out of a "Soprano's" storyline, but involving a deer instead of a gangster.

11/28/2009 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they have "Meritorious" deer hunters too!

11/28/2009 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the death was ruled a suicide?

11/28/2009 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In about 1975, I had a decent job as a driver for UPS and was the next up for supervisor, having been a part-time supv as a college student.

A buddy asked me one day to give him a ride to sign up for the police exam. It was the last day to do so. I gave him a ride and on the way he suggested I sign up. "ARE YOU CRAZY! I don't wanna be no fricken copper!"

Well, long story short, he signed up, talked me into signing up, (just for the hell of it), when the CPD called me a couple years later, I still was driving a UPS truck, so I quit to enter the Police Academy.

Today I'm a retiree after 27 yrs, the last 17 as a Sgt. I guess I can chalk it all up to "Dumb Luck", as well, but it was a great ride!

11/28/2009 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I an avid deer hunter I would be ashamed to put my name on this one.

11/28/2009 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with all the hunting stories in IL all of a sudden?

11/28/2009 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One Shot,One Kill, Gunny Hathcock would be proud!

11/28/2009 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never the less.....it's going to be hanging on his wall..correct?

11/28/2009 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I an avid deer hunter I would be ashamed to put my name on this one.

11/28/2009 09:28:00 AM

I an avid learner. Many times my father would lemme leave classes earlyer then normel so, we, my dad &/and me, his freinds couldve get a jump on an other hunters per say lets jus say i missd alot a CLASS! hahaha jokes on them evybody had goodtimes had by all.

11/28/2009 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous The Deer Hunter said...

Winning ugly. You got the buck after you made a good attempt. Not your fault the deer was clumsy.

11/28/2009 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dead deer tell no tales

11/28/2009 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No respectable deer hunter would shoot or maim a old timer like this one. He was undoubtedly the head of his herd. Shame. . .

11/28/2009 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

learn to communicate 9:28am poster

11/28/2009 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once caught a drinker the same way.

11/28/2009 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather be lucky than good any day.

11/28/2009 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the death was ruled a suicide?

11/28/2009 08:10:00 AM

No, it was ruled as an accidental death due to shock within 24 hours of the incident being reported and the thorough examination of the remains by the State of Illinois DNR Mobile Necropsy Team.

11/28/2009 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were the decedant's remains recovered from the creek? They must have, else the hunter counted the points on the fly!

11/28/2009 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT EVER IT TAKES

11/28/2009 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Never the less.....it's going to be hanging on his wall..correct?

11/28/2009 10:51:00 AM

with a snorkel on his face!

11/28/2009 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's dear Hunting season! first Bow, then shotgun. hence the stories!
That would be a real nice trophy mount! regardless, it was his initiation shot that got it and caused the demise. At least he didn't lie and say he took it at 100 yards in the rain on the run with a bow single shot in the heart.

11/28/2009 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

to the unpublished...

you aren't a cop. you're a religious zealot hiding behind a badge. thou shall not kill? you're a fucking idiot, too. if you can't see the humor in the story then we truly feel sorry for your ignorance.

11/29/2009 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now had this taken place in the ghetto........the deer would have fallen off the cliff, landed on it's hooves, and hit the ground running. A few hours later it might show up at an "animal" hospital yelling at the staff, "Git dis muthafuckin' arrow out my goddamn ear bitch." When police would show to report the incident, the deer would be uncooperative giving the standard, "heard shot felt pain" story...etc, etc, etc.

11/29/2009 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deer are such beautiful, gentle and sensitive creatures. Why don't you people kill the ferocious ones instead. Too hard, right? So little regard for God's noble creatures. It's you that aren't Blessed with regard for Life. Shame on all of you.

11/30/2009 04:56:00 PM  

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