The Chase 2018 – part 2

The sun was barely clearing the eastern horizon on another scorching hot July day as I slipped from my truck with a couple of trail cameras. I had just gotten permission to hunt a new property a couple of days before and was anxious to get the cameras out to see if the giant buck […]

The Chase 2018 – part 1

This time last year I was documenting my quest for a buck I named “Trump” through this blog and I had a lot of folks say that they enjoyed following along on that series of blog posts that spanned over a year. I ended up killing Trump as well as another buck I named Smokey. […]

A Deer Hunters Greatest Tool

Most people who know me well would say that I am a quiet person, regardless of how my writings may cause some to think otherwise. I am one of those folks that could drive from coast to coast without a radio because my mind is always dissecting various issues and topics. Nobody ever learned a […]

Putting 400″ in the Rear-View Mirror

Since tagging 2 bucks that totaled 400″ on back-to-back hunts last October I have been asked countless times how I will ever top that and what my goal will be for next season. I know that I will never top last seasons unbelievable week in mid-October so that blessing will never factor in to the […]

Supplemental Feeding and CWD in Illinois

Supplemental feeding of deer was banned in Illinois several years ago when CWD was confirmed in the state. It has been long enough now that some Illinois deer hunters have bought into the idea that supplemental feeding is a bad thing. The commonly promoted theory is that when deer are concentrated at a feeding location […]

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 […]

#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 […]