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Local archer nets 9-point buck

Tyson Gerry poses with a 9-point buck he shot during the archery deer season.

A couple factors nearly prevented Tyson Gerry from even going hunting on Halloween. First, after all, it was Halloween. Second, he had to work late on his job with an excavating company.

But Gerry, who lives in Hastings, rushed home from work, threw on his hunting clothes and went to his deer stand in south Washington County.

It was a good thing he went out.

After about an hour and 20 minutes in his stand, Gerry got the opportunity of a lifetime. He made good on that opportunity.

Gerry's arrow did its job from 25 yards, and two hours later, he finally had the nine-point buck loaded into his truck. Field dressed, it weighed in at 220 pounds. He green-scored at just under 140.

"He should make the record books for archery," Gerry said. "It was pretty cool."

When he got to his stand, Gerry put scent out. It apparently worked.

"I heard all this racket and commotion going on," he said. "Then, there he was. He came out of the thick stuff. A big brute. He came in at about 30 yards and stopped behind a tree. I wasn't able to pull back.

"Then he came in broadside at about 25 yards. I was a little excited and nervous at the same time. He wasn't nervous at all. He didn't even know I was there. He was just looking for the doe that I had the scent out for."

Once Gerry finally got the buck to his truck, he took it to John Kosec at John's Taxidermy. He helped measure the buck. Its inside spread was 19 3/4. But the most surprising figure came much later.

Kosec studied the buck's teeth to determine how old it was. His best estimate was that the buck was 9 and a half years old.

"Everyone I talked to couldn't believe it," Gerry said. "I was pretty excited."

Gerry did this interview on a cell phone while driving to South Dakota to go pheasant hunting. Almost certainly his trip last weekend won't measure up to the buck story. "It was pretty cool to experience this," he said. "It's kind of a buck of a lifetime."