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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

Chase Hunziker’s first buck

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Missouri

Date and Season: Oct. 30, 2010; Bow

Notable: First buck shot from 30 yards

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Jim Deppe’s 18-pointer

Illinois Outdoors

County: Cass

Date and Season: November 2007; Bow

Notable: Deppe missed same buck in 2006. Deer scored 194 3/8 inches.

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Paul Kelley Jr’s 11-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Bond

Date and Season: Dec. 13, 2008; Muzzleloader

Notable: Grossed 179 2/8 and netted 172 2/8, qualifying for Boone & Crockett Club all-time award.

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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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