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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.

Sun, February 02 at 03:32 AM


Illinois Big Buck Stories

Tim Rodgers’ 25-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: lawrence

Date and Season: 11/19/2010; Shotgun

Notable: Weighed 260 pounds field dressed

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Drake Anthony’s 8-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Tazewell

Date and Season: Nov. 21, 2008; Shotgun

Notable: Sticking with it pays off for 16-year-old hunter.

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Chad Garcia’s 15-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Macoupin

Date and Season: Nov. 6, 2009; Bow

Notable: Drag rag helps lure buck to within 5 yards.

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Nick Janssen

Home: Washington, IL

Occupation: Delivery driver and machinist

Most memorable outing in Illinois? Came home from school in Carbondale in late October, got to Peoria County about 4:30 p.m. and I wasn't going to go out but I only had 3 days to hunt before going back to school. Got in my stand and had a 6-pointer and 3 does in the field behind me. Ten minutes later I had a slick head on the ground about 20 yards from me. Next afternoon went to a different farm and killed a mature 8-pointer that scored about 120. It was unbelievable, since I hadn't even got to hunt my farm all year.

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