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Is archery 30-point buck a new record?

Shiocton, Wis. – Describing himself as a “small-town country
boy,” Earl Clement, of Shiocton, hit it big-time on Saturday, Sept.
12, opening day of Wisconsin’s 2009 archery deer season.

It’s not that the 42-year-old lift truck mechanic had never shot
a big buck before. In fact, Clement said he’s tagged 16 Pope and
Young bucks in 30 years of bowhunting, including a buck that scored
1797/8 inches in 2007.

But Clement joined an extremely small group of hunters on
opening morning when he arrowed a 20-point nontypical buck that
surpassed 200 inches of antler, green-scoring in the neighborhood
of 204.

“What’s most impressive to me is the antler mass,” Clement said.
“It’s just incredible. The majority of the mass measurements are 6
inches plus. It should be the new No. 2 in Waupaca County for
nontypicals.”

Clement told his wife he was going to hunt from one of his most
comfortable ladder stands on opening morning, to enjoy the view and
see what kind of critters would show themselves.

“I had no intention of shooting a deer, and lo and behold, he
just showed himself,” Clement said.

Clement got into his stand at about 5:20 a.m. on opening morning
in an area not far from a roadway. He described it as a transition
area between feeding areas and bedding areas on private
agricultural land.

Deer began showing shortly after 6 a.m. Around 6:30 a.m., he was
watching a dandy 10-pointer.

“There were a few does around, and I was wishing I had my video
camera,” Clement said. “Then I saw some feet coming through some
brush and cedars. I knew where the head should be. Above the brush,
I saw tines, and I immediately started to prepare for the
shot.”

Fortunately for Clement, the buck came through an opening and
presented a quartering-away chance at about 17 yards.

“My next plan (if Clement didn’t shoot a deer on opening
weekend) was to wait to hunt again until the temperature dropped to
50 to 60 degrees,” Clement said. “Opening morning, it was in the
mid-60s. By the time we got done caping the buck and taking
pictures, I guarantee it was 85 degrees.”

Clement said five or six hunters annually try their luck on the
property, which is a mix of forest and cropland. They have about 50
acres in year-round and seasonal food plots.

“I am a big baiting-hater,” Clement said. “I think it affects
the deer movement too much and, quite frankly, I don’t think it’s
healthy for the deer – and that’s about the only thing I agree on
with the DNR.”

Clement had a trail camera photo of the buck from July 3, and
has both sheds from last year and one shed from two years ago. A
neighbor got a trail camera photo of the buck around July 20, but
nothing thereafter. Coming into the season, Clement wondered if the
buck had been taken illegally.

“We’ve been watching him for quite a few years,” said Clement,
who believes the buck was nearly 51/2 years old. “We have a lot of
shining around the area, and we’ve had poaching problems in the
past. I thought the deer was gone.”

Clement shot the buck with a Darton Avalanche set at 70 pounds,
a Carbon Express Maxima arrow and a 100-grain Muzzy broadhead. He
said he doesn’t use any scents.

“I believe it is better to be as scent-free as possible,”
Clement said. “I believe a mature deer can tell the difference
between real scents and fake ones, so I never put any attractant
out, either.”

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