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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

Larry Florence’s 19-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Hamilton

Date and Season: Oct. 4, 2009; Bow

Notable: Slow day turns memorable in a hurry.

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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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Ryan Venhaus’s 29-pointer

Illinois Outdoors

County: St. Clair

Date and Season: Nov. 16, 2007; Shotgun

Notable: Buck scored 224 6/8 inches, made up for missed 8-pointer.

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Nick Janssen

Home: Washington, IL

Occupation: Delivery driver and machinist

Most memorable outing in Illinois? Came home from school in Carbondale in late October, got to Peoria County about 4:30 p.m. and I wasn't going to go out but I only had 3 days to hunt before going back to school. Got in my stand and had a 6-pointer and 3 does in the field behind me. Ten minutes later I had a slick head on the ground about 20 yards from me. Next afternoon went to a different farm and killed a mature 8-pointer that scored about 120. It was unbelievable, since I hadn't even got to hunt my farm all year.

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