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.
There are times when the deer are simply not moving and you're forced to make something happen. Maybe you're up against a full moon or hot weather. This is when a silent drive to force deer to move should be considered.
By silent drive, you're not yelling and making a commotion to scare the deer. When deer are panicked, they're liable to bust out of the cover on a dead run, and any shot you get will be tough to make.
A silent drive is different. It means playing the wind to carry the driver's...