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Illinois shotgun season is finally upon us. Jim was able to be a little selective with the shotgun after harvesting a great buck just a few days ago with the PSE. The first day of season came and went. With only a few more days to hunt we decided to switch things up Saturday morning and head to a new area where great bucks had previously been spotted chasing does. The morning hunt flew by without any luck, so as the day went on we began to check cameras and see what particular deer were visible and try to configure a game plan for the evening hunt. After going through several photos it appeared that the deer we wanted to hunt were frequenting a field that we couldn't get into due to the wind direction.

As the time came Jim thought it would be fun to have his brother Randy join us for the evening hunt. As all three of us headed out, we had decided to go to a spot that has been notorious for producing big mature Illinois giants. As Jim, Randy and I sat in the blind patiently, the deer really started moving. There were several does in the field and we knew with a little luck that a buck would come and check it out before dark.

Right before dark Jim saw a big bodied deer stand up out of the switch grass. After close examination as the buck entered the field, Jim realized he recognized the deer as the ten point from the Reconyx photos captured on that particular food plot. The buck began to get within range and was running does around the field. Finally, after the buck nudged several does he came in and presented Jim with a thirty yard shot. The slug found its mark and the buck barely made it out of the field. Once we had climbed down it was getting dark so we decided to wait for Terry and Yapper to join us on the recovery. Once Terry and Yapper showed up we quickly recovered the buck and the celebration began. After just 4 days Jim had filled his last tag on yet another Illinois giant. Illinois shotgun was an absolute blast. Now that the buck tags are filled it's time for a little doe management. To everyone out there still grinding away at the 2012 season I wish you the best of luck and safe hunting.

As told by cameraman:
Ryan Narup