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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

John Soehn’s 9-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Peoria

Date and Season: Nov. 8, 2007; Bow

Notable: In stand for 4 minutes; deer dressed at 253 pounds

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Bob Kizer’s 15-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Cass County IL

Date and Season: 11-7-07; Bow

Notable: He looked at me for what seemed forever

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Steve Petrilli’s 12-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: McLean

Date and Season: Nov. 5, 2009; Bow

Notable: Hunter thanks friends for helping track buck.

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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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