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This could one of the greatest stories if not the greatest whitetail story ever in my hunting career. The story started on a hot summer day in July 2012. I was in Illinois on our lease checking cameras for the first time that summer. I noticed a three year old beautiful 10 point with little devil splits off his G2s. His frame was awesome with long sweeping G3s. At the time we didn't really name him nor know the story that would come with this deer. When the 2012 hunting season rolled around, I saw this deer several times. After seeing him, I came up with the name "SPLITZ". In November of 2012 I shot a 172' drop tine deer that I thought could my biggest deer ever. The day after I shot the droptine deer, I saw Splitz...Not knowing what he would turn into in two years. 
Summer of 2013 rolls around and I'm back at the farm checking reconyx cameras. First card I pulled, Splitz was on it and HOLY COW! He had jumped 25-30 inches from 3.5 to 4.5. He had almost lost both of his devil kickers on his G2s, but the long sweeping G3s were stunning. He was super tall and massive. I knew he was 4.5 and he was going to be HIGH on the hit list. We had several pictures of him throughout the summer, but when he shed velvet he disappeared somewhat. Our farmer kept seeing him but somehow he was avoiding the cameras. On Oct 3 Blair and I were sitting in a box blind in the field he was always around. A front had pushed through and the temps were dropping. Splitz showed up in the corn field that evening about 30 min before dark. I had great footage of him at 70 yards. He was AWESOME!! We guessed him around 170-172. The next week we kept hunting that field but never saw  him again.
November 8 rolls around and I was sitting the same field but on the other side. Right before dark we notice a big buck coming thru the corn field. It was Splitz. I grunted at him trying to get him to come closer, but it wasn't the best decision. The grunts caused the deer to walk down wind and get our scent. He ran off and out of our lives for the rest of the 2013 season.
 
In March of 2014, our landowner calls and says he just found a huge shed in the alfalfa field (Same field that butts up to the corn field he was always in). I wondered if it was indeed Splitz. My wife and I rode up to the farm a couple months later to set our cameras out and indeed the shed was Splitz. After scoring the shed, we concluded that he was between 168-172 that year. I placed the summer cameras right close to where I need he would be and I could not WAIT to get back to check them. Finally, two months later we were headed back to the farm to do a little work and check the cameras. The first two cameras I checked, Splitz was all over them and he was a GIANT! Main frame 11 point, several kickers, long sweeping G3s, and a whole lot of mass. From that day on I dreamed several nights about killing that deer. We put a game plan together to strategically leave 6 cameras around this field to try to get his entrance pattern. We left going home hoping that when we came back for the opening week, we would have some kind of pattern.
 
Sept 30 we were on the road and headed north to the farm in IL. I could not wait to check the cameras. As we started pulling the cards around that field I noticed something was wrong. I had a picture of an unknown truck that drove in from the north property and on that same day two of my cameras were shut off. I was distraught. The most important MRI is the two weeks leading into the season and two of the cameras he always walked in front of had been shut off since Sept 14. Up until then I had him everyday. We reset the cameras and decided to not hunt and let the cameras do our scouting for three or four days. After four days we checked the cards and put a plan together. Every picture I had of him for two months I documented the wind direction, the path he was taking, the pressure, the temps, the moon, ect. Anything I could think of. One thing that was easy to notice, this year he was much more of a daylight walker then the previous year.
 
After two days of waiting for a southwest wind, we finally got it on Oct 5.  We got into the stand and the evening sit was on. We saw probably 25 deer. Splitz entered the field at 630 just like the cameras were saying. I watched him for 20 minutes that night and my knees were knocking so hard I could barely stand up. When dark came we got our farmer to clear the field with the 4 wheeler. The last thing we wanted to do was spook him getting out of our stands. Oct 6 evening was a carbon copy of the 5th. I had practiced all day at 60 yards in case I could get a shot at him at that distance. I felt super confident with my PSE. The evening started out just like the Oct 5 evening. Only difference is we had a 145 inch 10 point to tempt us a 10 yards at 6:15! There was no way I was shooting that deer because I knew what I seen the night before. As if he had a time watch on his leg, Splitz entered the field the same time as the evening before. This time he came in from the fence gap which was going to lead him about 50-60 yards past us. I knew I was about to have a long shot but I was sure going to try! I ranged him at 61 yards, settled the PSE and let the arrow fly. I could see instantly the arrow found its mark and I went crazy!!!!
 
We found the deer about 1:30 that night. I was so speechless and humbled when I walked upon him. I had wanted to kill him so bad the year before but the Lord had a better plan for me! He had grown 15-20 inches easily. He was the biggest deer I had ever held in my hands. All kinds of emotions hit me sitting behind that deer. It was almost bittersweet because the hunt for him was now over. I knew he wouldn't be on my cameras anymore and I knew Id never have to stay at night thinking of a plan to kill him. I had killed the deer of my dreams.
 
Thanks to my wife for putting up with my obsession and supporting me. Thanks to JBONE for laying the footage down the best he knew how. This is one for the story books...I don't know how to top it but I am ready to try!
 
Good luck- BG