Bill Would Allow Supplemental Feeding in Illinois

Illinois deer hunters have long yearned for the opportunity to utilize the myriad of products marketed to deer hunters. Using these products is legal in many other states but in Illinois it is illegal to use them but legal to sell them. Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose has introduced legislation that would allow the use […]

Do Deer Minerals Really Work?

One of the most hotly debated topics among whitetail land managers on social media is whether mineral products actually work. Let’s get right to the heart of the matter and ask what is meant by the word “work”. I think this can be answered two ways; do they work to attract deer? Or do they […]

Big Bucks Reveal Their Favorite Food Plot

The recent cold spell has most people anxiously waiting for spring but there is a certain group of deer hunters who planned ahead and are now enjoying this Arctic blast. Any deer hunter who follows social media at all has seen a trend that has so clearly revealed itself during this recent brutal cold spell. […]

#1 Key to Killing Big Bucks

Every deer hunter dreams of shooting a big buck although some won’t admit it. Some of us even dream of doing it every season. It is this dream that pulls us from a warm bed on a cold morning and causes us to spend way more time and money than we should. It seems that […]

Trumps Last Stand

Back in the second week of October I was contemplating writing my next blog post regarding my pursuit of the buck I called Trump. At that time I had not yet filled either of my Illinois buck tags and had hunted for Trump several times without laying eyes on him. In fact I was starting […]

Smokey – From 2-Year Old to 200″

This story actually begins back in 2004 when I shot a buck scoring 214” that quickly became surrounded in controversy. After shooting the buck I was accused of wrong-doing and had the buck confiscated despite the fact that I shot him 100% legally. To make a long story short, I had to hire an attorney […]

Is This For Real??!!

It is slowly starting to sink in now. After tagging my two target bucks on back-to-back hunts in mid-October the rarity of the accomplishment is slowly starting to hit home. For any bowhunter to kill two bucks of this caliber in the same hunting season would be a tremendous feat. To do it on back-to-back […]

Extreme Stand Access

I dont think it is any secret among successful big buck hunters that stand access is extremely important. You could have a stand located in what you think is the best spot in the woods but if you cannot access it without being detected by deer then the location is pretty much worthless for hunting […]

Drawing the Line

Yesterday I did something that I have never done before as a deer hunter. I hauled several 250-gallon totes of water and emptied them into the last remaining waterhole in the creek that runs through one of my hunting properties. This year’s drought in my local area has this creek drier than in was during […]

The End of an Era

Roughly 25 years ago my whitetail passion led me to acquire a small herd of captive whitetails. My goal at that time was simply to learn as much as possible about whitetail deer in an effort to become the best deer hunter that I could possibly be. Yesterday I hauled off the last 4 captive […]