Illinois Live Hunt: Big Buck Down!

Wow, what a whirlwind day! I've barely had time to catch my breath. We got out late this morning due to yet more heavy rain, but despite stiff winds, the bucks were moving. Around 10 a.m., this mature 12-pointer responded to some rattling and I was able to make a 15-yard shot. As is often the case, the entire encounter lasted 30 seconds. I've still got some things to take care of, so I'll come back with details a little later. But for now, I just wanted to get a couple images up. This buck has 12 scoreable points - 8 on the left and four on the right - and I'm guessing he'll gross out around 160 with the good mass. This was definitely a mature buck, the kind of Illinois giant out-of-state hunters flock here for, and I couldn't be happier.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Center Shots: How to Improve Your Bow Tuning

Center Shots: How to Improve Your Bow Tuning

Field editor Bill Winke goes over steps you can take to improve the tuning on your bow.

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Designed exclusively for their crossbows, Ravin has announced three new mechanical broadheads to maximize penetration and overall performance.

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint Archery evolves in design and performance with the introduction of the new CP400 Crossbow.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

ATA 2020: The new flagship bows are here, and it's an impressive crop! ATA Show

New Bows for 2020

Tony J. Peterson - January 09, 2020

ATA 2020: The new flagship bows are here, and it's an impressive crop!

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species Whitetail

2020 State of the Whitetail Report

Jason Snavely - June 29, 2020

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species

You know the Recipes

Spicy Elk Venison Vindaloo Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

You know the "Indian food is so spicy!" exclamations you often get from people? Well, this...

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques. How-To

Shooting Your Bow With One Eye Versus Two

Bill Winke

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques.

See More Trending Articles

More Whitetail

Sometimes, the road to a big buck doesn't exist. So, you have to pave your own way. Whitetail

10 Land Management Strategies for Small Whitetail Properties

Jace Bauserman

Sometimes, the road to a big buck doesn't exist. So, you have to pave your own way.

There's water, water everywhere, which means you need to be strategic about the sources you hunt. Whitetail

Is a Water Source Important for Deer Hunting?

Bob Humphrey

There's water, water everywhere, which means you need to be strategic about the sources you...

Understanding these phases can help you fine-tune your hunting strategy to specific stages of rutting behavior. Whitetail

Basic Biology of the Whitetail Rut

Bob Humphrey

Understanding these phases can help you fine-tune your hunting strategy to specific stages of...

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species Whitetail

2020 State of the Whitetail Report

Jason Snavely - June 29, 2020

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Bowhunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now