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Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois’ best big bucks of 2008-09

February 25, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Complaints from deer hunters have been issued from all corners of Illinois. Bow hunters and gun hunters alike seem unusually aggravated by the 2008 hunting season so far.

No doubt you’ve heard some of the comments.

“We’re not seeing the deer we usually see.”

Or, “We’re not seeing the big bucks we usually see.”

Or even, “This is the worst deer season I’ve ever had in Illinois.”

For all that, hunters have already bagged an impressive list of big bucks. Most of this year’s best bucks have come from the southern half of the state. Here’s a look at the biggest bucks we’ve heard about so far in 2008. Please let us know about any additions we need to make by sending an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by posting a comment below. Thanks.

FOUND BUCKS

Here is the top buck found dead in Illinois. If you have a buck that is missing from this list, use the following form: Submit your story.

John Grosboll’s 24-pointer

Score: 246 inches, green, gross Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: December, 2008
County: Menard
Details: Quail hunters found this buck dead on property owned by John Grosboll of Petersburg. Coyotes had eaten much of the deer, making it impossible to tell why the buck died.

FIREARM SEASON

Here are some of the top bucks reported so far by gun hunters in Illinois. If you have a buck that is missing from this list, use the following form: Submit your story.

Jeremy Cauble’s 21-pointer

Score: 238 inches, green, gross Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 21, 2008
County: Fayette
Details: Click here to see new pictures and read more about Cauble, 15, who shot his buck with a muzzleloader near Ramsey State Park. The buck was well-known to many hunters in the area.

Ransom Brooks’ 23-pointer

Score: 234 inches, greenIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 21, 2008
County: Richland
Details: Click here to see new pictures and read more about Brooks, a 19-year-old hunter from Olney whose impressive drop-tine buck is one of the Prairie State’s best in 2008.

Donnie Krull’s 23-pointer

Score: 215 inches net, green (221 gross) Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 23, 2008
County: Randolph
Details: Click here to read an updated story and more pictures of Krull and his massive buck, which field-dressed at 190 pounds.                                             

Jared Eichelberger’s 21-pointer

Score: TBA Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 23, 2008
County: Champaign
Details: Click here to read more about how Eichelberger dropped the buck with his muzzleloader after yelling to stop the buck, which was running a doe.

Jim Fink’s 18-pointer

Score: 215 non-typical, green Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 21, 2008
County: TBA
Details: This buck had a 19 5/8-inch inside spread, 29-inch main beams. 25 inches of junk and stickers and G2s and G3s between 10-11 inches. The buck weighed about 250 pounds.

Tizoc Novoa’s 18-pointer

Score: 210 inches, greenIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 21, 2008
County: Fulton
Details: Click here to read more about Novoa, who was about to shoot a doe but hesitated just as the buck appeared. While seeing the buck got him shaking, Novoa still made a good shot.

Kenny Horner’s 12-pointer

Score: TBA Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Dec. 7, 2008
County: Iroquois
Details: NEW BUCK! Watseka hunter Horner missed this buck twice before downing it with his third shot on a day he very nearly stayed home and did not hunt. The buck has a 22 4/8-inch inside spread and beams of 27 6/8 (right) and 27 4/8 inches (left).

ARCHERY SEASON

Here are some of the top bucks reported so far by bowhunters in Illinois. If you have a buck that is missing from this list, use the following form: Submit your story.

Joel Carpenter’s 19-pointer

Score: 222 inches, greenIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 12, 2008
County: Grundy
Details: Click here to read more about how Carpenter shot a nice 10-pointer not long before he bagged this huge 19-point buck from the same tree stand.

Jack Jansen’s 16-pointer

Score: green-scored at 220 inches gross, 216 inches netIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Jan. 15, 2009
County: Shelby
Details: Jansen shot this impressive buck on the final day of the 2008-09 archery hunting season. Word is the buck was scored very conservatively.

Brock Tarr’s 21-pointer

Score: 214 4/8 inches officialIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 16, 2008
County: Jasper
Details: Click here to read Tarr’s story about how this big 21-pointer trailed a doe into range and more than made up for the 10-pointer that Tarr did not get a shot at earlier. Officially scored at 214 4/8 inches after green-scoring at 219 4/8.

Benji Tate’s 17-pointer

Score: 202 inches net (215 5/8 gross), green Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Oct. 28, 2008
County: Marion
Details: Click here to read more about Tate, who has video of his buck from the summer still in velvet. After shooting the buck he had to wait overnight before tracking it the next day.

Gerald Shafner’s big buck

Score: 200 inches, green Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Oct. 3, 2008
County: Clark
Details: Bowhunter Gerald Shafner downed the first really big trophy buck reported in Illinois this archery season by taking this deer, one of several trophies Shafner has arrowed over the years.

Andy Bundren’s 18-pointer

Score: 197 net Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: 2008 bow season
County: Union
Details: Bundren’s southern Illinois buck was listed on the Boone and Crockett Club’s Web site on its Trophy Watch page and had G1 tines that measured 13 4/8 inches and 12 3/8 inches.

Scotty Battin’s 17-pointer

Score: TBA Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 1, 2008
County: Logan
Details: Click here to read more about Battin’s buck which field dressed at 262 pounds and was shot after running a doe past bowhunter Battin, who now has four Boone and Crockett Club bucks to his credit.

B. Albanese’s 16-pointer

Score: 203 gross Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 20, 2008
County: Cass
Details: Albanese is a New York hunter who shot this buck while hunting with Timberland Outfitters. This is Timberland’s first 200-incher since 2006.

Aaron DeHaan’s 15-pointer

Score: 200 inches gross, green Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 13, 2008
County: Knox
Details: Click here to see more pictures. The Grand Rapids, Mich. hunter has last year’s sheds from the buck he called “El Diablo.” He also captured this year’s hunt on video.

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WOW- these guys don’t fool around - do they - how about some pictures of does?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/01 at 10:15 PM

If they didnt shoot does, wouldnt there be an increase in the number of deer the following year?

And I love shootin me some does. But does anybody really want to see pictures of them?  LOL

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/02 at 10:06 AM

Whacked a big fat doe tonight. I love this hunting in the snow.  >>>>——————-> Good luck to everyone headed out on Thursday.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/02 at 05:37 PM

Bill,
I shot three does this year before ever harvesting a buck.  I love bow hunting in general, doe or buck it is fun.  I just got lucky when the big one came by.

Brock Tarr

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/03 at 08:48 AM

Bill not sure waht planet your from but if nobody was shooting does the herd would be bigger wouldn’t it?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/03 at 10:16 AM

I have shot, let me think…....5 or so does so far and one nice 10point buck with bow. Together we have got 12 deer down on our farm and have tags to take down about that many more. I live in Brown County and the neighbors think its fine and dandy to not shoot any does ever, its not! Thats ok though, we pick up the slack.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/03 at 12:32 PM

Kill’em all.
Death from above!!!
J.R. Thompson

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/03 at 03:31 PM

Hey ! Nice deer, Coles County has some nice deer too! Check out the ones at http://www.stewartsarchery.net . Big Does they have them too .Check out Brandon Derimiahs 150# bow kill doe.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/09 at 01:40 PM

to all who commented about Aron DeHans buck. maybe you should have leased this farm! sounds like you want everthing for free. maybe you should buy your own farm? when you do then you get to make the choice to lease or not to lease. to the guys who lost their spot, seems like the farmer got a better deal. great buck Aron.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/10 at 04:52 PM

Does anyone know where in Union Co. did Andy Bundren’s 18-pointer came from.I hunt in Union Co. too. Just curious.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/10 at 08:28 PM

I used to be in Kiwanis with Andy. I am sure he is not telling, but I bet everyone in the county knows where he is hunting by now, and I am sure next year will be frustrating for him, maybe not. Great buck Andy.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/13 at 09:05 AM

I hope andy kill a big buck next year. But as a hunter we all know there will be somebody try to hunt right next to him. So give the man his space that buck is dead.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/13 at 10:22 AM

Has anyone herd about the 315” buck shot in Bureau Co.  I got a picture in an email of the stud a couple of weeks ago.  Said it came from a outfitter. I didn’t even know there was outfitters in Bureau.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 01:31 PM

Thank you! Very interesting .

Posted by Vincent on 12/28 at 09:33 AM

I use to know a Brock Tarr that use to knock the tar (no pun intended) out of the baseball. Wonder if this is the same guy? Heck of a buck either way!  -Ryan Hahn

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 06:19 PM

Ryan, I played ball for several years, I wasn’t bad at the plate. Averaged around .350 for high school career, and led in RBI’s Where are you from? I was lucky enough to hit one last homerun when this buck came by.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/22 at 12:18 PM

I remember going to a baseball game and seeing Brock Tarr hit a home run to win the game. He signed my little boys glove and my wifes bra after the game. I thought he would be a major leaguer, but never dreamed it would be as a deer hunter.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/25 at 09:19 PM

Brock,I’m from Mattoon. We played against each against each other quiet a bit as youngsters (mattoon v. newton @ charleston st. tourny). I Played ball down at OCC. Even played basketball with Jared Jones and Dustin Beerman. My old man is actually from Ste. Marie. We are thinking of hunting some ground down that way next year. Congrats on the buck. You should post some pics on ARCHERYTALK.COM. Great bowhunting forum.shoot me a pm (user name cujrh10) if you want to do some hunting next year.

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