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This story begins on December 6 when I received a call from Jim saying that there was snow in the forecast and that the following day was high pressure with extremely cold temperatures. With that being said the morning of the 7th I headed North from St. Louis and Jim headed south from Chicago. Once we arrived at the farm it was getting later in the afternoon. Quickly we scrambled to get ready and shoot a few target arrows. Shortly after we were on our way to a standing bean field that Jim had wanted to hunt under these conditions.

We got out of the truck and headed for the blind. Once we got to the field we realized we were just a little bit late and there were already a few deer feeding. The deer ran off and we quietly slipped into the box blind. We had no more than got settled in a few deer begun to filter into the standing beans. We sat for a while watching several deer and a few small bucks. As light began to fade a Big mature buck had entered the field and was feeding towards us at 40 yards. Jim recognized the buck as a deer he wanted to harvest. At this point the buck was at 35 yards quartering to us. We slowly opened the windows and got ready for the shot. As the deer turned broadside the rage tipped arrow found its mark and the deer expired within 60 yards.

All in all it was an outstanding evening hunt and with the late muzzle loader season coming in on Friday this would allow for a night of scouting to hopefully increase our chances of harvesting another Illinois monster. As always good luck and safe hunting.

Ryan Narup