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This story began last January when Jim, Chuck, Corey and I went in to scout a big chunk of timber that was located just above several destination feed fields. When going into this area we noticed that there was heavy deer sign and great structure for an ideal place to hang a stand. The area consisted of big open hardwoods located on a ridge top. The structure of the land created the perfect funnel for deer that were heading back to bed. We knew with the ideal weather conditions we would have a good chance of harvesting an Illinois monster.

Summer approaches, the food sources are planted, and the Reconyx are out. After several weeks of pictures there was a main frame ten point that had been frequenting the green field down in the bottoms. We could tell from the photos that this was a big mature deer that we would be hunting later that fall. As the season approached we continued to get picture after picture. Now we were just waiting for the southeast wind we needed to climb in and try our luck.

The evening of November 13th, Jim headed south from Chicago and I headed North from St. Louis. Once we arrived at Lodge Two Five we began debating on where we would hunt the following morning. After reviewing several Reconyx pictures and checking the wind direction we had realized we finally had the right conditions to try the new set we had hung earlier that year. The morning of November 14th we climbed into the set patiently awaiting the first sign of deer movement. It wasn't long and we had a small buck chasing some does and a few other deer working their way through. Around 6:45 I looked up and saw the big ten point as he was tending a doe. As she worked her way towards us Jim and I got into position to take the shot. Once the deer got to the ridge top they stopped and started feeding on acorns. After a few minutes the big ten point finally worked his way into range and took the last few steps and presented a 35 yard shot. The hit was perfect and after a celebration in the tree we climbed out to recover Jim's largest archery buck to date. All in all it was a great hunt and with Illinois shotgun just a few days away I wish everyone good luck and safe hunting.

Story told by cameraman:
Ryan Narup