There's a reality to deer hunting in Illinois that has nothing to do with the hype of hunting in the best big-buck state/province in the world. Though Illinois is that.For most of us, a truly big buck is a dream too often glimpsed as the white flash of a tail disappears without a shot. Then there are stories like that of David Lien and his Buck of the Week.
The Roselle man lived his dream in November. That gives me hope. And it's why we extend BOTW for another week. Hey, I know last week, I said that might be it for the season.
Well, listen to Lien's tale and tell me that I could do anything but extend it a week:
Dear Dale; I know this is late for a buck of the week, but, I was unaware of the column for the first couple of weeks and then I got the wrong email address and one thing and another I am finally getting this into the right place, I hope.
This 15 point "buck of a life time", was taken 10 mins. after legal shooting time on the first day of the regular shotgun season. It was taken in Franklin county with a Remington 1100 shotgun with a rifled barrel and open sights, using a Lightfield brand sabot slug. The buck was at 80 yards when taken form a camo ground blind. He weighted 216 lbs. field dressed. . . . I hope this can make your column.
Oh, it will make it.
A story like was good enough, but then Lien replied to a follow up with this:
I am 66 years old and have hunted deer for probably the last 20 years. To date the largest buck I ever shot or anybody in my party ever shot was 8 points. So you can imagine how thrilled I am. For me it is the buck of a lifetime.
I can imagine, and dream of it.
BOTW leads the Illinois Hunting Report on the outdoors page of the Sun-Times each Wednesday. This probably is it for BOTW as IHR has basically come to an end for the year. An extended online version of BOTW appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday..