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November 25: Kyle Lamore

After many weeks of having some great encounters with our Illinois whitetails, they always seemed to somehow know how to stay fifty yards from the stand. I was looking forward to the opening day of Illinois gun season to try to get a little redemption at these deer. On the first day, we saw a 150" buck we call "the perfect ten", however instead of being fifty yards away, today he was closer to 200. With light fading and one more day to hunt, I decided to wait and hope that we could move in closer on him in the morning. Saturday morning we never saw a single deer and in the evening we only a few small bucks and does and decided to leave for Wyoming in the morning.

Sixteen hours later we were meeting up with Rick and Julie Krueter who introduced us to Mike Schmid of Solitude Outfitters. Mike has a great operation in Northeast Wyoming and his entire ranch is primitive weapon only. We were very impressed from the moment we showed up and were very excited once he showed us some trail cam pics. I can honestly say I did not know that Wyoming had this quality of deer.

On the first morning, we spotted a shooter but it was in a thicket and couldn't get the camera on it. That night, we sat a huge alfalfa field and honestly saw well over fifty deer including one stud we nicknamed "Tank" because of his enormous body and rack. The next morning, we were back in thick security cover when this guy came cruising by after doe. Although the pine thicket made filming somewhat difficult, JJ told me he had him and I squeezed the T/C and had just harvested my first (but hopefully not my last) Wyoming whitetail!