by Joni Astrup
Four days after learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, Blake Citrowske bagged a 14-point buck in Ramsey.
Citrowske said it has been rough scored at his taxidermy in Coon Rapids as 183 1/2. He will get the official score at the end of deer season.
“It’s going in the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young record books as being among the biggest white tails to be taken out with a bow and arrow. That deer and my name will be in it for life,” said Citrowske, an Elk River native who now lives in Nevis.
The Boone and Crockett Club has an official measurement and scoring system for trophy big game and maintains a record book. The Pope and Young Club has a world record book for North American game taken with a bow and arrow.
While the records are fun to talk about, Citrowske said it’s all really just an “awesome memory” for him and his best friend, Andy Eha of Ramsey. The two have been friends since childhood and went to school together in Elk River.
“He taught me everything I know about hunting,” Citrowske said.
Their latest adventure began on Oct. 17 when Eha gave Citrowske his old 1982 Eagle bow. Citrowske said he picked up some $5 arrows, $6 broadheads and his archery license at Walmart in Elk River. Then he and Eha went back to Eha’s house in Ramsey.
There Eha taught Citrowske how to shoot a bow and arrow for the first time in Citrowske’s life.
While hunting in Ramsey four days later, on Oct. 20, the big buck stepped out of the brush at 4:15 p.m. and came walking straight towards Citrowske.
“I pulled back my bow when I had a little bit of cover, and at 20 yards, he walked right into my sights. I released my arrow,” Citrowske said. The deer stumbled 30 yards and died. Citrowske said the arrow went through both lungs and clipped a kidney.
Citrowske had only been in his deer stand for 20 minutes when the buck showed up. It all happened so fast all he could do was react.
But he said it has made for a memory of a lifetime.