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My annual illinois trip this year turned out to be one of the best ever! Each year i head to lodge two five to help hang stands and cameras for the Thome boys. Ive been doing this now for about 3 years and we have realy been able to take the management on jims farm and monitoring of the deer to the next level. In return for my efforts i have not only made some of the best freinds in life a guy could ask for but also get the privlage to hunt a few leases that protect the main farms. Its a real honor.

Part of this trip every year includes meeting up with kenny Bevans and James Mugrage from indiana. They help film my hunts and unselfishly give me there time. Basicly my illinois trip is a reunion! And we kill deer at the reunion. Lol... My kinda get together!

As you can see i killed a great buck with my pse evo with kenny running the camera. We hunted hard for 4 days before closing the deal on this great 158" buck. He was working scrapes along his territory boundries and we took advantage it! I shot him at abot 10 steps from the base of my tree. I was at full draw for 55 seconds before i could release. I made a Great shot and he only went 75 yds max. Thanks to the Rage!!! Life is good. It was a classic hang and hunt pre rut attack. It was some much needed time in the stand. Ive started my own outfitting business called Wicked Ridge outfitters this late summer and it was alot of work getting ready for some hunts this year but mostly for 2013 . We are going to concentrate alot on self guided hunts and a few guided big buck hunts. Melody is currentley working on our website so you will be able to check it out this winter.

Thanks to Jim and his brothers Chuck and Randy my family and kenny and James for a successful trip and great times
Ben Rising