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I guess this story began this past spring when a friend of Marks, Greg Glesinger, bought some land next to Mark's Missouri farm. Mark and myself helped set up and take care of Greg's farms to help him out. Mark walked the farm over and figured out where the plots needed to be then we talked it over and I started getting the ground ready to be planted.

Before Greg bought this farm it was a cattle pasture, so there was nothing but tall grass in it when we first walked it. I planted beans and sprayed the 9 or so acre field in late May. Mark and myself monitored the progress of the field relatively close, with all the rain we had this past spring the beans were being overran by the grass. I resprayed the field again and again then at the last minute I replanted the field again. After the replanting, I still had to spray the field once again and we still had our doubts about the beans making, but we thought we had enough to hunt over. Mark had the Reconyx cameras running and started checking them and had a fully mature 5 or 6 yr. old 8 point on there regularly. Once the season got close Mark told me about him and asked if I wanted to shoot him if the opportunity arose, I told him that I had never killed a buck and would more than happy to shoot him.

We sat a lot of spots and hunted a lot during the Missouri bow season and had an encounter with him on November 5 but he was chasing a doe and never gave us the chance to shoot him. Once Missouri gun season opened we knew we had a really good chance at getting him shot. Mark and myself went to the bean field I worked so hard on all year. We were pretty confident we would see the 8 point and sure enough around 5:30 pm on November 16 he walked out. Mark said "Joe there's your boy." I got nervous and excited then grabbed the TC and was trying to get the palm camera on him plus shoot him before he moved again. It was tough, but we finally got it done. My first buck was on the ground and could not have been in a more satisfying field due to all the work I had done to make sure the beans made.

A special thanks to Mark and Greg for giving me the chance to kill my first buck!