Patience pays off for hunter who bags 39-point buck

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KDSK – ST. PAUL, Mo. — The hunt for a buck that spanned four years ended with a St. Charles County man taking a rare 39-point giant.

"I've been hunting on that property for five years," Tim Phillips said. "I knew he was out there but had to wait for the right time."

"Locals have captured hundreds of photos of this particular deer on their trail cameras dating all the way back to 2012. I definitely wasn't the only person who was hoping to see him."

Phillips heard that a woman who lived nearby shot the same deer two years ago, but he ran off. Phillip's father actually shot the deer with a bow 10 days ago, but the deer was again able to run off into the woods.

Nov. 11 was the last day the 39-point buck would roam the woods of northern St. Charles County.

"I've been hunting with a bow for a while now, but I went out bright and early opening day with a 30/30 in my hand. This was a special gun because it was passed down to me when my grandfather passed away."

Phillips didn't shoot at anything that morning, so he took a break, ate some breakfast, and went back out to sit patiently in his tree stand.

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