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Libby DeSotel’s first deer

County: Hancock

Date and Season: October 17, 2009; Bow

Notable: Kills 13-pointer while 7 1/2 months pregnant

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Trent Schneider’s 14-pointer

County: Lake

Date and Season: November 4, 2009; Bow

Notable: 14-pointer not as lucky as 10-pointer earlier in day

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2009-10 

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Michael McGrath’s first deer

County: Will

Date and Season: Oct. 6, 2009; Bow

Notable: First-timer kills first doe on first hunt

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2007-08 

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John Soehn’s 9-pointer

County: Peoria

Date and Season: Nov. 8, 2007; Bow

Notable: In stand for 4 minutes; deer dressed at 253 pounds

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2008-09 

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Paul Kelley Jr’s 11-pointer

County: Bond

Date and Season: Dec. 13, 2008; Muzzleloader

Notable: Grossed 179 2/8 and netted 172 2/8, qualifying for Boone & Crockett Club all-time award.

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2009-10 

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Scott Wehrle’s 13-Pointer

County: Shelby

Date and Season: Oct 30, 2009; Bow

Notable: Weighed 280 pounds and netted 144

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2009-10 

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Chase Malkovich’s 9-pointer

County: Franklin

Date and Season: Nov. 2007; Shotgun

Notable: Netted 141 inches with 27-inch spread

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