51-Point Whitetail Buck Taken by Newbie Deer Hunter
Russ Chastain 12.21.18
A whitetail buck taken by Keith Szablewski in Williamson County, Illinois may set a national record for having the most scorable points, at a whopping 51. The current record, set just two years ago, was 47 points on a monster buck taken by a young farmer in Tennessee.
This year while hunting on private property during the first weekend of the Illinois shotgun season, Szableswki had the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I was just sitting there and I heard the deer behind me,” he said.
After shooting and killing what he thought was a big buck, he was in for an even bigger surprise.
“When I walked up to him, I looked at it and thought, ‘What a blessing,'” he said.
It was indeed quite a blessing! But apparently, Keith’s not the greedy type; he shared the blessing by donating most of the meat.
“I took the deer to a processing center, and I’ll get a little meat from it, and then I donated the rest to people that need it,” Szableswki said. “I felt like I needed to. I felt like the Lord was telling me to do that.”
The buck won’t be officially scored until July of 2019 at the Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo in Peoria.
Judging by the product placement in some of the photos being distributed, Szablewski may be hoping for some sponsorship money as a further blessing…