I didn't put a tape to him BigE, but I wouldn't give him more than 130". Eight pointers bigger than that are few and far between.
Good luck on your Ill. hunt. Who are you going with for an outfitter, and what will you be hunting with, bow or gun?
We are going with Hadley Creek Outfitters in Pikes County. I've heard many good things about Stacey Ward and his operation. They have been around for awhile and they have taken some terrific bucks over the years. We will be bow hunting. There is a 130" minimum, but they will let a 125" go without a fine I guess. I will be bringing some extra $$ just in case. The references I spoke with all had nothing but great things to say about the accomodation, quality, & number of deer seen. Some said they saw several dozen bucks a day!
Anyway, needless to say, I'm dreaming about this October already.
Where did you go in kansas Lil'John? I've been thinking about heading there myself.
I went out of Hanover KS. with Blue river whitetails, Dave Shotte is the owner and he did an outstanding job guiding me.
He has some very good property to hunt with lots of game on it, He wont fine you for shooting a smaller deer, as long as your happy , he is happy.
Check out his web site, and go to the photo album (rifle), you will see a pix of me, I am the only one with snow in the pic.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...