By Louie Stout

Patience Pays Off with Big 12-Pointer

Grant Ellabarger had seen the big buck numerous times.

“I saw him twice last year but couldn’t get a shot off,” the Plymouth, Ind. resident recalled. “I saw him again opening day of gun season this year but still didn’t have a shot.”

That gave Ellabarger hope that he still had a chance at the biggest Indiana buck he’s seen during many years of hunting.

He climbed into his tree stand on a private Marshall County woodlot early morning of Nov. 21, realizing he needed some venison for the freezer and the seasonal clock was ticking. If he didn’t see the buck, he’d take a doe or two.

“About 8:15 that morning, 20 or so does ran right beneath my stand,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, but I guess the wind was right and they hadn’t picked up my scent.”