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Big week for big bucks in Illinois

November 08, 2007 at 01:41 AM

Bowhunters have been very busy in the Illinois woods for the past week.

With breeding action heating up, big bucks have been on the move and several archers have been able to harvest impressive deer. One of the best we’ve seen is pictured above, a heavy 17-pointer shot on the morning of Nov. 3, 2007 by Yates City taxidermist Dave Emken. Emken said the Knox County buck green-scored 209 6/8 inches gross and 199 2/8 inches net. The deer also field dressed at 255 pounds.

Emken said the buck was following a doe that was not ready to breed. When she happened to walk past his stand, he made a perfect shot from 30 yards.

Emken had both sides of shed antlers from the buck for the past two years. Last year the sheds netted 199 6/8 inches and in 2005 they were 178 inches. But he said the deer’s antlers (a wide, 23-inch inside spread main-frame 8-point rack) was cleaner this year with fewer sticker points on the brow tines.

Emken shot the buck on a farm he had purchased in the past year. “The main reason I bought the ground is because I knew he was there,” Emken said.

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That same day, Rick Whitacre of Hudson shot this 200-pound 10-pointer while hunting in Woodford County near Carlock.

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One day earlier on Nov. 2, 2007, Tom Maranville of Morton was hunting a field edge in Pike County when a big buck walked into range while following six does. Maranville made a 35-yard shot to down this buck, which field dressed at 200 pounds.

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Earlier last week, Joe Mathesons shot this 22-point Moultrie County buck while hunting 1.5 miles from the spot where he had found the big buck’s shed antlers last spring.

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it seems all the big bucks come from private land i guess i’ll have to wait to win the lottery for my shot at a trophy buck.

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