(AP) — It took Google Earth, a little deer psychology and a freak shot for a bow hunter in southern Illinois to bring down one of the largest deer in the state so far this year — a 25-point buck.


‘‘Deer of a lifetime — easily,’’ said Graber, who’s previous personal record kill was a 12-pointer.


(AP) — It took Google Earth, a little deer psychology and a freak shot for a bow hunter in southern Illinois to bring down one of the largest deer in the state so far this year — a 25-point buck.

‘‘Deer of a lifetime — easily,’’ said Graber, who’s previous personal record kill was a 12-pointer.

Over the past four years, the 35-year-old construction worker from Edwardsville had caught glimpses of the monster whitetail as it darted across rural roads in Madison County. Other hunters also saw the elusive giant but had no success in tracking and killing it.

Graber added the Internet to his arsenal, using the Google Earth mapping service to pinpoint paths the buck would likely follow to pursue female deer. It was raining Oct. 26, when the buck wandered down one of the paths by a creek at dusk. Graber was lying in wait.

‘‘He stuck his head up and knew something wasn’t right,’’ the hunter said.

From about 40 yards out, Graber let fly an arrow aimed at the buck’s lungs. But a tree deflected it, and the arrow ripped through the deer’s ear. The startled animal flipped into the air, slid down an embankment, fell over a 20-cliff into the water — and drowned.