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Joseph Batusich, 11, harvested his first buck in Will county using a Mathews Craze Bow. He spent the rest of the night showing grandparents and other hunters his trophy. Photo submitted by John Batusich.

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Illinois Big Buck Stories

Tyson Ryan’s 12-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Marion

Date and Season: Nov. 23, 2009; Bow

Notable: Friend convinced Ryan to go hunting.

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Shay Medus’ 9-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Fulton

Date and Season: Oct. 2, 2009; Bow

Notable: Hunter had been scouting deer all summer.

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Shelby William’s 10-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Knox

Date and Season: Nov. 23, 2008; Shotgun

Notable: Third day of hunting proves to be the charm.

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Adam Bunnell

Home: Salem, IL

Occupation: Fourth-grade student

Most memorable outing in Illinois? My Dad took me last year during the youth deer season. It was my first deer hunt. We saw a doe and two fawns in a weed field. We stalked them down through a creek for about 30 minutes. Finally, we when got to the edge of the weed field, they were close enough for me to shoot the button buck. The deer walked towards us and stopped about 10 yards away. When I shot the button buck he ran about 20 yards and dropped. As we were standing there, a big 10-point buck stood up in the weeds, not more than 10 yards from us. We never saw him before. I had a perfect shot at him when he stood up, but could not shoot him because I had already killed the button buck. He stood there looking at us for about 20 seconds then he ran away. My Dad said it was a huge buck and I thought it was too.

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