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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.

 

Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Illinois hunting and fishing

Last buck tag filled!

December 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Yes, it’s been a tough year for hunting deer, at least for some of us. I think I’ve got over 5 solid weeks of hunting in, since the first of October. I’ve seen less deer this year than any other I can think of. Thanks to the fresh snow, I was able to track this buck for 2 solid days ultimately finding his bedding area. As expected, it was a place on the side of a hill giving him ample space to look below and above him allowing him time to flee if trouble presented itself. Stalking in fresh snow also quieted my footsteps. He never knew I was behind him. One shot in the spinal column kept him sleeping right where he laid.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Because of the location, I had to quarter him out like most of the deer I kill. These big bucks never make it easy for me by sleeping in easy access areas. His rack is extremely dark because of the dense amount of cedars he lived in. For some reason, bucks love cedar trees if they have the option to choose between a cedar or a hardwood forest. This ole’ boy has 5.5” bases, so his mass is very respectable. It’s a good ending to one of the roughest years I’ve ever had in bow hunting. From here on, it’s does only but it won’t be happening here! I don’t think we have more than a few does left here, so hopefully the other hunters will leave them be also.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Good luck to everyone else out there! There’s plenty of good hunting left.

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