Chris Fischvogt, a dedicated Jennings County
deer hunter, showed up at Phil Hawkins’ place at Franklin last Saturday
to have his 2005 buck measured for the Hoosier Record Buck Program.
When Phil had completed taping Fischvogt’s prize
the net score of 146 6/8 was not something that would raise a lot of trophy-hunting
eyebrows. But it is the Jennings County hunter’s all time best rack and
even that pales in comparison to the story behind the deer.
You see, not only will Fischvogt have this beautiful
rack turned into an outstanding full head mount, but it will be displayed
with the antlers (both sides) that the animal shed after the 2004 hunting
season, and one side of the 2003 rack.
Add the fact that Fischvogt had photographed the
deer several times before he shot it, and the scenario turns into a story
that one could only dream.
“I used a Camtracker to get pictures of the deer
(he chains and locks it to a tree),” Fischvogt said, explaining that he
knew the deer he photographed was the same deer that shed the 2004 rack
by a small “sticker” point that is present on the right beams of the racks
from both years.
Strangely, Fischvogt had found both sides of the
2004 antlers on Good Friday, 2005.
“When I asked for permission to hunt, the farmer
told me he had some antlers a deer had shed the previous year . . . he
said he had almost run over the antlers with his tractor . . . when he
handed them (the antlers from 2003) to me, I realized it was he same
That Fischvogt would find the antlers of the deer
he killed from the previous year is not a thing that happens often, but
considering the fact that he hunts “sheds” often after deer seasons close
brings this well into the realm of possibility.
Fischvogt’s 8-pointer sported an inside spread
of 21 4/8 inches, and the outside figure is 26 inches. It is, of course,
a typical rack, perfectly balanced. The deer weighed in at 220 pounds field
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his big deer in velvet with camera long before he shot it with his shotgun.
his deer along with the antlers it had shed at the end of the 2004 season.
Those planning to hunt wild turkey under the Division
of fish and Wildlife’s reservation plan for public properties should get
moving on sending in their application. The deadline is March 15.
Application cards and details on procedures to
follow will be found in the 2005-2006 “Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide
Guide,” available at most outlets for hunting/fishing licenses and bait
A TIP OR TWO
Hoosier streams and standing waters are at normal
levels, or only slightly higher, now. But spring rains will create ideal
fishing conditions below many dams, or at spots where runoff water enters
a stream or lake.
Several years back the tail waters of Salamonie
Reservoir produced outstanding fishing for big walleye, and the tail waters
of Monroe Reservoir have been hot in more recent years. One of my favorite
fishing spots after spring rains has always been just below the spillway
of Starve Hollow Lake and potholes in the small creek that flows to the
Muscatatuck River’s east fork.
Incidentally, if you are looking for some good
smaller lakes that offer good bass fishing, Larry Lehman, District 8 fisheries
biologist for the DFW, recommends Bischoff Reservoir (190 acres) in Ripley
County, and Starve Hollow Lake (145 acres) in Jackson County. Largemouth
bass are protected by a 14-inch size limit at both sites.
“I collected 121 largemouth bass age 1 and older
in 2 hours of electrofishing at Bischoff, Lehman says. “Approximately 26
percent of them were 14 inches long or more. The largest bass was
21.4 inches long. Outboards up to 6 horsepower as well as electric motors
“I collected approximately 150 largemouth bass
age 1 and older in 1.5 hours of electrofishing at Starve Hollow Lake.
Approximately 37 percent of them were 14 inches long or longer. The
largest bass was 17.7 inches. Only electric motors are allowed here and
a DNR launching permit is required. Camping is available at Starve