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.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....