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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

Brian Kiel’s 9-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Christian

Date and Season: Oct. 12, 2009; Bow

Notable: No drop-tine, but an impressive first bow kill.

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Rob Brennan’s 39-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Vermilion

Date and Season: Dec. 1, 2006; Shotgun

Notable: Rack still in velvet but netted 284 7/8 inches.

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Hunter Elias’ 8-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: LaSalle

Date and Season: Oct. 11, 2009; Youth firearm

Notable: Hunter's first buck.

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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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