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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

Part I continued

May 31, 2009 at 01:34 PM

I’m starting with the north central property location. I’m not disclosing the exact location to protect the land owners. Above is the aerial view of the property I’ll be hunting. Below is the topo map for the same piece.  Please note that north is the top of the picture, south is the bottom, etc.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Some things to consider here are:

1. The lake

2. The stream in the bottoms

3. The place where three stream fingers come together

4. Crop locations

5. Bedding locations

6. Wind summary

7. Neighboring property influences

8. Types of food sources

Below is the historical wind data for the last year. This graph represents the month of October 2008. On new pieces of properties, I like to go back at least 5 years but I didn’t want to clog the space here with images.

Illinois hunting and fishing


To make this project truly interactive, I’m going to stop right here. I could give you my input now but that would turn this into nothing more than a “Read and do” lesson rather than an interesting way to be a part of it all. Please give me some ideas on where you would hunt if you were hunting here. There is no right or wrong answer here, so don’t feel intimidated! I’ll chime in later!

Please note that the elevations are mostly flat with the exception of a 20 foot (total) drop in the gullies. The surrounding properties are flat with crops to the east and north. To the west is timber and to the south is a combination. The elevations are also the same as the property I’ll be hunting on. If you have a hard time seeing the aerial view in detail, you can save the image on to your desktop and then zoom in on it. 

 

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