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October 20, 2010 - 7:53pm

Batavia Duo Bag Swamp Bucks

posted by JIM NIGRO in outdoors, bow hunting, whitetail deer.



Troy Emke and John Lawrence have 32 years of archery hunting between them. Ironically, both arrowed the largest deer of their bow hunting careers little more than 12 hours apart.

Both deer were taken in swampy environs, John taking his big eight point Tuesday evening just before dark. He knew he hit his mark, but rather than track the deer through the swamp after nightfall, he decided to let it lie and wait until morning. Wednesday morning saw Troy in his stand well before shooting light. The 10 point showed up not long afterward, prior to legal shooting time. Troy watched the deer amble around his stand, actually sniffing the hunter's tracks. At sunrise Troy let him have it from a distance of 25 yards and the big buck took off, running maybe 50 yards before he went down with a big splash.


Shortly after sunup this morning, while Troy was field dressing his deer, John located his buck. Like Troy's, John's whitetail was found lying in water. Both deer field dressed at approximately 175 lbs.

Jeffrey R. Bartz
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Wow! Congrats guys!
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Jeff, I was informed this afternoon that Troy Emke's buck was officially weighed in at 187 lbs.....and Mike Ficarella took his first bow buck yesterday afternoon, a 5 point, after sitting in the rain for a couple hours. The deer came into the area as soon as the rain stopped and Mike used a grunt call to bring him in close.

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