With IDNR, Freedoms are not Free

Over the years I have avidly expressed my disdain for the whitetail biologist at Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Often times I loosely used the terms “DNR” or “IDNR” but in reality I was always referring to the states deer biologists. I recognize and appreciate that most IDNR employees are high-character people who care about […]

The Chase 2018 – Up and Comers

Mark my words, there are going to be more giant bucks killed in Illinois this season than we have seen for many years. This might even be the year that Mel Johnson’s world record archery typical is dethroned, although it might not be an Illinois buck that does it. There is good reason for my […]

CWD – The Most Important Question

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has become a hot topic within the deer hunting community in recent months and especially in Illinois. Earlier this year Senate bill SB-2493 was introduced which would make it legal to supplemental feed wild deer in Illinois outside of hunting season on private lands only. After a series of changes the […]

Whitetail Brotherhood????

Recently I had someone ask me a question that was apparently a whole lot easier for me to answer than they thought it would be. “What if someone shot a big buck that you were after and after it was shot the buck ran onto property that you own or lease; would you let them […]

The Chase 2018 – Year of the Giants?

I have made some bold predictions in the past regarding deer and deer hunting, some of which proved accurate while others were slightly off-base. I am about to make another one that I am as confident in as any I have made. Here goes – The 2018 season is going to see a dramatic increase […]

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 […]