1. there is no guarantee the stolen deer and the one I found are the same deer (but I think they are)....
2. the distance from where the deer was stolen and the location where is found the "a" deer is 10 miles....
3. the only way to prove you tagged your deer in Illinois is to have the deer with your tag attached to it in your posession....
All I know for sure is.....a hunter reported his deer stolen from an area north of town......................and I found a field dressed deer in the ditch south of town about an hour after the initial report.
Why shoot on the last day what you wouldn't shoot on the first?