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Marty Sharp’s big 21-point buck scored 238 7/8 inches at this year’s Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic in Bloomington and was one of 48 bucks to qualify for the Boone and Crockett Club’s big-game records books.

Classic sees 48 Booner entries

March 05, 2008 at 04:23 PM

A hunch that this year’s Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic featured plenty of Boone & Crockett Club qualifiers was proven correct when some big buck totals were announced this week.

Show organizer Glenn Helgeland said that 48 of 605 deer measured at the show qualified for the Boone and Crockett Club’s record books and another 190 made the Pope & Young Club’s standards. To earn Boone and Crockett status a typical buck needs to score at least 170 inches and a non-typical rack must rate 195 inches. Pope & Young’s bow-only minimums are 125 for typicals and 155 for non-typicals.

Of this year’s 48 Booners, 20 were bow kills, 19 were firearm kills, one was a muzzleloader buck and eight were taken by unknown means.

Helgeland commented on the entries to Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Too, the Adams/Pike/Brown area isn’t producing whoppers like it once did. We had more entries from Knox County than from those other three combined. Actually, entries are from all over the state. Amazing! Where the hell do they hide? In the drainage ditches?”

But while the number of Booners is well above the past two shows, the percentage compared to overall entries is about normal according to measurer Tim Walmsley of Fowler.

At the 2007 Classic, of 489 bucks measured in the contest, 36 were Booners (7.4 percent).

At the 2006 Classic, of 589 bucks measured in the contest, 45 were Booners (7.6 percent).

At the 2005 Classic, of 628 bucks measured in the contest, 56 were Booners (8.9 percent).

“So there were a lot of nice deer at the show, but there usually are a lot of nice deer at the show,” Walmsley said. “The thing I noticed was that there seemed to be a lot of older deer entered. And I can’t figure that out.”

By older deer, Walmsley meant deer from previous seasons—some as far back as 2000 and one even dating all the way back to 1957, year of the first modern deer hunt in Illinois.

 

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WHEN STATED THAT A LOT OF OLDER DEER WERE BROUGHT IN, ARE WE TALKING ABOUT AGE OR THE YEAR IN WHICH THEY WERE TAKEN? WHAT SHOULD BE SURPRISING IS THE NUMBER OF DEER FROM THIS SEASON THAT ARE ALREADY MOUNTED AND APPEAR AT THE SHOW! MOST GOOD TAXIDERMISTS HAVE AT LEAST A ONE YEAR BACKLOG. HOW MANY CUSTOMERS HAD THEIR DEER MOUNTS PUSHED BACK SO THE ‘BOONERS’ COULD MAKE THE SHOW! IS THIS ETHICAL!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/06 at 12:47 PM

I think by older deer, he was referring to deer taken in years prior that were never entered before. If you look at the photos posted on here from the show, you will see some listed as 2006, 2005, etc. Why should it surprise you that these monster mount were pushed to the front? Its no different or no worse than the taxidermist doing a repeat customer or a friend earlier. I think the reason that entries are down from the big 3, are most likely due to the majority of the monsters being harvested in those counties are by out of state hunters due those counties being heavily leased and outfitted.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/06 at 01:56 PM

By older deer, Walmsley meant deer from previous seasons—some as far back as 2000 and one even dating all the way back to 1957, year of the first modern deer hunt in Illinois.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 03/06 at 04:11 PM

people need to realize the reason pike and adams county bucks aren’t at the classic is because the deer are killed by out of state hunters and they aren’t gonna travel back to illinois to display their trophies….... and one more thing, i killed a monster 10 point and didn’t bring it to the show because of the pain in the butt check-in system the classic makes us follow….. (i.e.- not letting us take our deer home until sunday)

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