I made my first bow kill on Tuesday, April 18th, the 4th day of our turkey hunt in Woodford County. I watched my first strutting and gobbling tom for about 40 minutes on a ridge almost 100 yards across the field. Not 5 minutes after that gobbler left 2 hens entered the field with a tom right behind them. He probably had already bred the hens because when he saw the Avian X breeder hen decoy he came in from about 70 yards straight for her. I shot him in the right leg when he was 15 yards from the blind. The tom flapped around and threw the arrow about 10 yards away. I shot the gobbler with my Elite Spirit Bow purchased and tuned at Select Archery in Normal, Illinois. I used Rage Hypodermic +P broadheads because I pull a lighter 48lbs. He flew out of the field down across the creek about 50 yards behind our blind. His beard measured about 8.9 inches and his spur was 1 inch and the other was broken off. He was most likely an older gobbler due to his measurements and the way his fan looked. I cooked him up by making a mushroom and wild rice casserole in my pressure cooker that night. I can't wait to take my next trophy with my bow because now I'm addicted for life!
Lane Diewald and Draeden Duncan double up at the Hunt Club in Percy, IL March 25th. Both boys are six years old and their first turkeys. The boys were guided by their dads, Blake Diewald and Adam Duncan. Lane described his hunt as "The best day ever!" with both fathers in agreement.
Cliff Gronemeyer took this 10 pt mature buck Nov 20, 2016 during the Illinois Shotgun season in Northern Illinois. After 2 days of 40 mph winds and no deer, I knew the last day would me magical. This brute emerged at about 7o'clock. Love the drop tine and massive body. Hunted for 10 years waiting for this!
Anastasia Buts, 8, harvested her 1st deer at Green River State Park during 1st day of Youth season. She shot it from 18 yards. Deer ran 100 yards and dropped. She tracked it and picture was taken at the moment deer was just found.
Adam Mehring of Red Bud, IL killed this 26 pound turkey on the morning of April 15, 2016. This was his first turkey kill ever. It had an 11" beard and 1.25" spurs. It was killed on his father in laws farm outside Chester in Randolph County, Illinois.
Norm Casson and his buddies Danny and Ron got their limit of Geese while hunting in their pit located near Canton, Illinois. It took longer to set our decoys out that morning than it did to get our limit.
David Cain Bolletto, 10 years old, of Thayer, IL, shot this buck, while hunting in Mason County on December 6,2014. This was his first deer and he couldn't have been more proud. Please consider placing this in your printed edition also.
8 point Buck. Shot Nov. 2nd at 4:30pm. I elected to back out and I found him the next day. It was a liver shot and this buck ran over 400 yards through the woods. He is 106". I had several trail camera pictures of same buck.
Nolan Gavin is pictured with his father and grandfather, representing 3 generations of IL hunters. Nolan harvested the first archery kill of his life on Saturday morning Oct 4th. The 10-point buck field dressed at 175lbs. What a great first bow kill!
Brad Koester, of Teutopolis, shot this 22.5 lb tom with a 10.5-inch beard and 1.5-inch spurs while hunting in Wayne County on April 26, 2014. This was the first turkey harvested by Brad with the help of Scott Thomas and Jeff Anderson
Top left: Proud Grandfather Mike Peters, Top right: Uncle Matt Peters Bottom left: Grandson Cooper Spiese (age 12), Bottom right: Granddaughter Izzie Spiese Izzie & Cooper's first goose hunt. Both shot their limit on January 10th.
Dylan Tucker, of O'Fallon, IL took this TN longbeard with his Rem 870 12 ga. on 2 April near Fayetteville TN. Pictured with him is his uncle, Kerry Tucker, who served as guide and caller. They ambushed this big guy to help thin a flock of about 20 birds.
Shot this large coyote after calling with an electronic distress call. I saw the coyote out about 700 yards enter a draw and worked it way to 50 yards from me. I shot the coyote with a 20 gauge deer slug.
Michael Kleinschmidt shot this buck on his family farm in Millstadt (st.clair county) on Nov 17, 2012. While in a tree stand he built 4 years ago. It is a 20 point buck not yet officially scored but plans on scoring it as soon as possible.
2 brothers kill 2 river bottom bucks on the same day
Eric Piel, of Randolph co. (pictured right) killed this nice 140" class 12 point on private land in Jackson county IL at 9:30 a.m. Adam Piel (pictured left) called in and shot this 140" 8 pointer on the same farm at 12:54 p.m.
Joe Tanner, age 3, 1953, with his father and grandfathers, left to right, Harold Baltzell, Earl I. Tanner, Joe, and Earl E. Tanner with the results of a successful Canadian goose hunt. Pic taken at Bonnie, Illinois.
I killed him October 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm. Sun shining and temps
not favorable. I was shocked to see him come in on a rope. I shot
him at 23 yards and watched him tuck his tail and leave. After
shooting him I saw a doe jump up from the brush and head the
opposite way. That would explain why he was out. She had hid from
him and he came across he field in the woods with me looking for
her. That quick my life long dream of a giant buck was
I got this 8-pointer right at dusk on December 2nd. I hunt alone
and had a heck of a time getting it loaded. I hunt from a
wheelchair 1 mile from the house and had to go home in my
wheelchair to get my Jeep and go get it loaded. Luckily I got help
from a hunter that was near where I hunt.