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Associated Press

WOODBURY, Minn. — A 38-year-old mother of two has bagged one of the biggest bucks ever killed with a bow and arrow.

Deb Luzinski of Woodbury shot the 24-point buck at Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park in White Bear Township. Once a mandatory 60-day drying period has passed, her buck could rank among the top three nonsymmetrical — or nontypical — white-tailed deer ever killed with a bow and arrow, according to the Minnesota Record Book.

And, Luzinski could hold the top spot for a nonsymmetrical deer killed by a female bowhunter in Minnesota.

"I’m not a trophy hunter, so to speak; I firmly believe in hunting as a part of deer management," she said. "My intent that night was to shoot a doe, but this buck was unfathomable."

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Luzinski is a landscaper who has been archery hunting for 15 years. She is a member of the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base, which helps control deer populations.

Hunting is "a part of my being," she said, "a part of who I am."

The 24-pointer was 3 1/2 years old and weighed about 190 pounds.

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