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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

Drop Tine Buck

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Grundy

Date and Season: 11/19/2011; Shotgun

Notable: Dropped in his tracks

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Carl Waggle’s Richland County 10-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Richland

Date and Season: 11-10-2009; Bow

Notable: Fourth Pope & Young buck in six years

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Dave Gorisek’s 17-pointer

Illinois Outdoors

County: LaSalle

Date and Season: Nov. 11, 2007; Bow

Notable: Buck scored 193 3/8 inches and came to grunt call.

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Belinda Boehler

Home: Springfield, IL

Occupation: Stay-at-home mother.

Most memorable outing in Illinois? Getting my first buck on the second day of first season in 2006. I got him in the morning right after I got out of my stand. He was shot at about 100 yards away, and he ran 30 yards into the timber before going down. This was my very first buck, and I couldn't have been more excited to get a buck this big for my first buck. I'm taking him to Bloomington in February 2008 for the Illinois Deer and Turkey Classic, since I didn't have him back from the taxidermist until the summer. I can't wait just to see him there among all the other bucks!

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