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Jim Deppe’s 18-pointer

November 01, 2007

Illinois Outdoors

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 18

Kill Date: November 2007

County: Cass

Season: Bow

Jim Deppe of Ashland took this 18-point Cass County buck with a bow in mid-November on his land in Cass County.

Deppe said he missed this buck with his bow in 2006 and found an antler shed off him this last spring. Knowing the buck would be in the area this fall, Jim hunted 22 days straight before being able to arrow him.

The buck grossed 205 3/8 inches and netted 194 3/8 non-typical.

Deppe said he had considerable video of the buck and had numerous encounters with the deer dating back to 2006. Some of Deppe’s video from this buck was aired this summer on Whitetail Addictions.

And Deppe added this cautionary tale regarding his buck:

“I have a friend from New York who is a taxidermist. He hunts several times here in Illinois most every year. I’ve been fortunate to have taken some pretty nice bucks the last several years, of which he has done the mounting. I thought having my friend from New York mount this last year’s buck was going to be no different than in years past.  However, this year turned out to be a nightmare. 

“As you know Illinois is a CWD state and all antlers to be mounted must be caped and boiled skull plate before entering an Illinois buck into the state of New York(and many other states).  My taxidermist did not do this before leaving to go back to New York. To make a very long story short, the New York State DEC (same as our DNR) ended up with my antlers. I was very lucky to have gotten them back at all, even though I had done nothing wrong myself. 

“Had they been anything less than the huge buck he is, I would not have gotten the antlers back.  And I owe a great big debt of gratitude to Mr. Jack Price, head of the legal department within the our IDNR and Illinois CPO Rich Logsdon for going to bat for me as well. Had it not been for these two gentlemen, the buck would have stayed in New York. I can’t thank them enough.”

“I finally got my antlers back in April. I had the buck mounted here locally. The mount turned out real good, I’m very pleased. Actually, I’m very happy just to have the buck. He was a hard one to get and was just as hard to keep after the kill.

“And one last word to any hunter leaving the state of Illinois with a buck. It will make life a lot easier if you cape and boil the skull plate.”


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