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Joseph Batusich, 11, harvested his first buck in Will county using a Mathews Craze Bow. He spent the rest of the night showing grandparents and other hunters his trophy. Photo submitted by John Batusich.

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Illinois Big Buck Stories

Brock Tarr’s 20-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Jasper

Date and Season: Nov. 16, 2008; Bow

Notable: Buck officially scored at 214 4/8 inches.

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Andy Bundren’s 18-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Union

Date and Season: 2008; Bow

Notable: Buck netted 197 3/8 inches.

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Chuck Hamstra’s 18-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Whiteside

Date and Season: Nov. 4, 2008; Bow

Notable: Hunter's son had missed a shot at same buck last gun season.

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Judd McCullum

Home: Cuba, IL

Occupation: Student

Most memorable outing in Illinois? My most memorable hunt has to be a trip I took turkey hunting in Pike County. I went with my grandparent's neighbor who is 82 years old and has a cigar in his mouth from sun up to sun down. We're sitting behind a blind that he constructed sometime before I was born with his cigar smoke wafting lazily around, when I heard a bird come down from roost behind us. Before I could blink, George rasped out "[expletive] Judd! A [expletive] hen just came down right behind us!" This announcement was by no means covert, and the bird was gone. I laugh every time I tell that one.

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