On opening day of the 1990 firearms deer season, Shawn Sears was up early enough to get to his favorite treestand before daylight. He had no idea that this foggy, cool morning would produce a lifelong memory and a prominent place in the deer
hunting record books.
Shawn explained that he had been hunting for a number of years with a bow. He had been successful in taking five deer, none of them bucks. He said that during the early bow season, at about 60 yards, he saw an extremely large buck running with a group of does, which he now believes was the one that he shot later.
According to Shawn, the habitat area where he hunts was a logged tract that had some very good undergrowth of briars and rose bushes. This, he believes, is one of the best hunting areas he
has ever seen.
When asked if he used any special hunting tactics to bag the big buck, his reply was, "One thing I nearly always do is get to
my treestand before daylight.&quo...