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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

Chuck Vaughan’s 12-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: ???

Date and Season: Nov. 13, 2009; Bow

Notable: Friday the 13th proved lucky.

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Ernie Hires’ 30-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Edgar

Date and Season: Nov. 18, 1994; Shotgun

Notable: Buck scored 258 6/8 inches and survived slug wounds in 1992 and 1993.

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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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Jason Thurman

Home: Farmington, IL

Occupation: Meatcutter

Most memorable outing in Illinois? Probably last year when I stalked a 10-point buck, got within 20 yards and put an arrow right through both lungs.

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