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Jackson Co. 8-point is #10

Jason Blocker, 28, of Warner Robbins, Georgia says he has “never been lucky hunting the rut.” But, that all changed on Dec. 10, 2011 when he killed the 10th-highest-scoring buck taken in Florida during the 2011-12 season.

Jason was hunting on private property in Jackson County when he used his Marlin .30-30 to kill a 175 lb., 8-point buck with an almost perfect rack.

With 23-inch main beams, 10-inch tines and a 17-inch spread, Jason’s buck gross-scored 139-7/8 inches and finished with a net score of 136-4/8 inches after just 3-3/8 inches in deductions for differences between the two sides.

“First of all, I have never been lucky hunting the rut. Normally, after archery season I hang it up for the year,” Jason said, adding, “Those of you that do not archery hunt are truly missing out on a great experience.”

“My buddy Chad invited me to hunt with him, and on the way out to his property he showed me photos of the bucks his game camera had been picking up. There were some very large deer on the cards, but I knew I was the guy that would see a spike – not the monster.

“I clumsily made my way through the woods until I finally found the blind Chad sent me too. I sat there quietly for a couple of hours before a doe came strolling through, right in front of me.

“After the doe was well into the clearing, something caught my eye to the left. It looked like tree limbs were moving, but not in the traditional sense. I picked up my binoculars to get a better look and saw it was a buck with a huge rack, but he was still too far out to tell exactly how big. The closer the buck came, the bigger the rack became!” Jason said. “At this point it was clear that he was chasing the doe I had just seen.”

“He was just about to walk into the clearing when he stopped right in front of a large pine. All I could see was his hind end and the massive rack sticking out the other side. It was almost like he was teasing me. He had not spotted me, and it was highly unlikely he had caught my scent (due to my meticulous scent-control procedures). It looked like he was about 37 yards out and ready to move. Since he was behind a tree, it made it easy to get my rifle into position and ready, in case he tried to run.

“He took about five steps into the clearing and paused long enough for me to take my shot. At first I thought I had missed. He didn’t flinch or anything! I was already starting to beat myself up about missing when he trotted about 15 yards, turned back and fell,” Jason said.