Family affair for Buck of the Week 11-25-08

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Henry Martinez sent this photo, which earned Buck of the Week honors for Illinois first firearm deer season.

The Lockport man is a hunting mentor to his friends in Homer Glen, Beto Martinez (no relation) and his son Andres. They hunted Mercer County in first firearm season, which ended Sunday.

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As much for the photo as the deer, the nine-pointer taken by Andres earns BOTW.

An extended online version of BOTW, which tops the Illinois Hunting Report during deer season in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays, is posted here on Tuesdays.

The story is below.

They were hunting Friday morning when Andres, 11, bagged his first buck, a nine-pointer with a 20-gauge with iron sights.

“It happened so fast, he didn’t get buck fever right away,” Henry said.

He looked through binoculars after the shot and realized Andres had a deer down, so he strapped on his waders and crossed over to help.

Looking at the buck is when it hit. “The kid is yelling, `I got one. I got one,’ ” Henry said. “I said, `Be quiet. Your dad and I want to fill our tags.’ The kid is so hyped right now.”

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Beto filled his tag with a six-point. Henry hung on in hopes of a monster. He has the second firearm season, Dec. 4-7, to fill his tag.

E-mail BOTW nominations to outdoordb@sbcglobal.net.

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