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Tales from the Timber: Top typicals?

February 10, 2010 at 09:50 AM

Barring a major shock, there’s little doubt as to which of this year’s big bucks will rack up the highest score among non-typicals.

That honor belongs to Chris Kiernan of Morris, who shot a 37-point Kendall County buck that netted 268 1/8 inches—which would make it the state record and the third-largest non-typical whitetail in Illinois history.

So the question heading into this year’s Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic revolves around the largest typical buck of the year. That’s often true. While the 37-pointers are harder to keep quiet, a symmetrical 14-pointer doesn’t always steal as many headlines—even if it should.

This year there appear to be several candidates for the crown of top Illinois typical. Perhaps the best buck is a reported 193-inch (unsure whether that is gross or net) 12-point gun kill from Jasper County. The deer is said to be clean and close to perfect, though we have not yet seen pictures.

Beyond that buck, should it materialize, are several other impressive typicals. Here are the ones we know of. If you know of a big typical that’s missing from this list, let us know by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Understand, very few of these scores are official and many will change dramatically once an official measurer works them over with a tape.



Scott Cornelius’ 15-pointer

Score: Green-scored 196 gross according to CorneliusIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 22, 2009
County: Vermilion
Details: Aside from the Jasper County buck mentioned above, this is the lone monster typical we know of from gun season. That probably won’t be true after the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic Feb. 26-28. Usually you can expect a few big gun kill typicals to show up. Hoopeston hunter Cornelius was aware this buck was in the area but did not see him until 10 a.m. on the last day of the first shotgun season. The buck came in with his nose down walking along the edge of a corn field. Click here to read more.

Illinois hunting and fishing


Jeff Gillespie’s 12-pointer

Score: Green-scored 194 7/8 inches gross, according to Gillespie
Date: Nov. 26, 2009
County: Morgan County
Details: Nebraska bowhunter Gillespie shot this big buck while hunting with Strut and Rut outfitters out of Arenzville. Click here to read the rest of his story.

Illinois hunting and fishing


Alan Jenkins’ 16-pointer

Score: Green-scored 201 6/8 gross, 185 6/8 net according to Jenkins Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Oct. 19, 2009
County: Hancock
Details: Click here to see more pictures and read more about how Jenkins shot this big buck in his first year of bowhunting.

Illinois hunting and fishing


John Hoffman’s 11-pointer

Score: Green scored 183 inches netIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Oct. 23, 2009
County: Lake
Details: Bowhunter Hoffman stalked this buck on the ground and got a 20-yard.Both of his G3s are over 14 inches. Click here to read more about this impressive buck.

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Ryan Pudik’s 12-pointer

Score: 183 inches net Illinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 14, 2009
County: Fulton County
Details: Bowhunter Pudik and other hunters at Timber Creek Land Company’s Otter Creek farm had spotted this buck numerous times before Pudik hang a new stand and got the job done. Click here to read more of his story.

Illinois hunting and fishing


Todd Staley’s 12-pointer

Score: Expected to net in the180sIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 12, 2009
County: Fulton County
Details: This buck came out of standing corn toward bowhunter Staley who said it was probably a good thing he couldn’t see the rack and get nervous. Click here to read more of his story.

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Jeff Campagna’s 16-pointer

Score: Green-scored 191.5 inches, grossIllinois hunting and fishing
Date: Nov. 1, 2009
County: Warren County
Details: Bowhunter Campagna is from Moline and had trouble drawing on this buck before getting the job done.The buck field dressed at 230 pounds, has an inside spread of 22 inches and is expected to be a net Booner.

Illinois hunting and fishing


Darren Stacy’s 12-pointer

Score: TBA
Date: Oct. 15, 2009
County: Livingston
Details: Bowhunter Stacy shot this 12-pointer just before sundown. It was the first time he had ever seen the deer.

Illinois hunting and fishing


Jeff Weller’s 14-pointer

Score: Green-scored 190 1/8 inches, gross
Date: Nov. 1, 2009
County: Mercer
Details: Bowhunter Weller of Moline shot this buck in the evening.

Illinois hunting and fishing

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