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Buck of the week

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

There’s a father-son lesson in Steven M. Sturtevant nominating his son Steven T. for Buck of the Week honors.

On Dec. 4, the younger Sturtevant saw a 10-point buck in Bureau County, but the 35-year-old from North Aurora never had a clear shot at it.

‘‘He said he was returning to the same stand in the morning and would text me if he had any luck because he had no cell service down in the valley,’’ the elder Sturtevant e-mailed.

The next morning, which was the last day of Illinois’ second firearm season, the elder Sturtevant was on his own stand in Elburn when his cell started vibrating at 8:30 a.m.

‘‘When I read the text, it said, ‘BBD! BBD!’  ’’ he e-mailed. ‘‘I knew that could only mean one thing: BIG BUCK DOWN!’’

Yes, the younger Sturtevant had shot the 10-point and had a story.

‘‘Steven called me an hour later to tell me how he spotted this buck 100 yards away bedded along a sandbar in a creek bed,’’ the properly proud dad e-mailed. ‘‘He said he crawled up within 40 yards on the opposite bank and was able to close the deal. I’m very proud of the hunter he has become.’’

And that is no accident.

‘‘I’m writing this hoping you will print it to help MOTIVATE young fathers out there to the great benefits of passing our PASSION for the outdoors on,’’ the elder Sturtevant e-mailed. ‘‘I started taking Steven with me bowhunting when he was 8 years old. He was there with me to witness and learn from my own accomplishments and my mistakes. Over the past 25 years, we shared and enjoyed most every weekend in the woods together.’’

That’s BOTW. If you have a nomination, e-mail

Dale Bowman

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