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Todd Hurley’s 30-pointer

November 17, 1995

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 30

Kill Date: Nov. 17, 1995

County: Adams

Season: Shotgun

Todd Hurley is one of the ultimate examples of beginner’s luck in deer hunting.

Prior to the 1995 season, Todd Hurley considered himself a small-game hunter. Though he was 32 and lived in a deer-crazed county, he had never really dabbled in deer hunting.

And Hurley only applied for a tag after hearing so much talk about whitetails at work and receiving an invite to hunt from friend Charles Hoffman of Quincy. After all the hype, Hurley finally purchased a leftover either-sex tag for Adams County.

And then on Nov. 17, 1995, he went out and killed a monster 30-point buck that scored 256 7/8 inches and ranks as the sixth-largest non-typical in Illinois hunting history.

For that, Hurley owes some thanks to Hoffman, who stationed his buddy along a brushy fenceline that was near several rubs and scrapes. Hoffman set himself about 300 yards away overlooking a creek.

Not long after legal shooting hours, a big buck started approaching Hurley. The first-time deer hunter then shouldered his 12-gauge shotgun and waited. Eventually the buck walked into range, Hurley shot and the deer fell dead. About 10 minutes later Hoffman approached only to hear Hurley yell, “I shot something as big as a horse!”

And how. The buck had a basic 4x4 frame that grossed 172 4/8 inches, along with 22 other points—91 3/8 inches of multiple drop and forked tines, and kicker and sticker points.

Hurley’s buck was the best of four huge non-typicals taken by bowhunters in Illinois that same season: a 238-incher shot by bowhunter Dale Crawford of Dix, a 234 1/8-incher shot by Mark Potts of Red Bud and another 240-incher that was taken illegally and confiscated.

None, however, were as impressive as the buck that first-time deer hunter Todd Hurley calmly shot that season.

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that is a awesome story!Todd was a very fast motocross racer in his day,smoth as silk.Way to go Todd,iam going to have to check your deer out.

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