This week is a BIG week on the "Catch of the Week!"
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This week's CIO "Catch of the Week" comes from Pastor John Roberson, of Clinton!
Pastor John joins us this week to tell us the story of Three Brow...
From Pastor John: "My story begins on a warm afternoon, October 31,2020. That day it was very windy 20-25 mph gusting over 30, but my oldest son Jonathan who is 28, and youngest son, Jacob 16 were set on hunting on Halloween, and to be honest I really was looking forward to going as well. When we arrive to the property we hunt I immediately knew I was not climbing into a stand with this kind of wind, so I brought my pop up "turkey" blind to sit on the edge of a field where I had seen a couple of nice bucks earlier in the week. When I got to the place where I set up on the ground, I could not believe how windy it was. I would laugh at text messages sent to me by both of my sons of how the trees they were in nearly bending over from the winds. After a couple of hours of sitting in the ridiculous wind, we included mom in this group text and decided to leave early to meet Mom, daughter-in-law Leah, and granddaughters for dinner. We decided through text we would leave at 6:00, though shooting light was not over until 6:42 that night, but we were tired of the wind. 2 minutes before 6 I had 15 does come out of nowhere, I say nowhere because I couldn't hear them for the wind. I text the group and said I will be a couple of minutes. The land owner, who was hunting over 300 yards away from me, then text our group and said big buck coming towards you. I waited with great anticipation and approximately 6-8 minutes, he appeared. I recognized him immediately as one of our target bucks "Three Brow" I was shooting the new TenPoint Viper cross bow, so I knew a 50 yard shot would be no problem. I ranged him at 52 yards and let the arrow fly. Unfortunately, I didn't take into account the "hurricane" force winds and missed him. However, the winds that cursed my shot was also a blessing because he didn't hear the shot. The does where still in the field so I reloaded, very carefully. My heart sunk as I watched the buck I have seen on camera all year walk very slowly back into the woods. My phone was vibrating text message after text message wondering if the buck was down. Afraid to move because the does were still right in front of me. There I sat on the ground behind a small turkey blind wondering how did I miss that buck. Then I saw movement to my left and there he was 20 yards working a scrape. I readied my crossbow and waited because there was a lot of brush and thicket between him and me. He continued to walk towards me and with only a three foot opening I shot him at 8 yards. The shot hit the mark and found him 40 yards away. What a day! God blessed me with a beautiful buck and got to share it with my two boys. Needless to say, we never met for dinner, but I made it up to my loving wife later. Moral of this story, I rather be lucky than good any day."
Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear John share the story!
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