#1  
Old 01-18-2008, 10:45 AM
Adam's Avatar
Adam Adam is offline
Caribou
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 524
Default Illinois Trip recap - FINALLY

As some of you know, this fall I went out to NW Illinois to hunt with FireDiver. It was my first solo hunting adventure and my first time out to the midwest hunting monster whitetails. It was also my first time meeting Scott face to face. We'd met through the Mad Dog Gear Field Staff program, got to emailing back and forth regularly and then exchanged some phone calls. After about a year of "knowing" each other, he invited me out to hunt with him. I excitedly accepted! My wife (and probably his) thought we were crazy. Mine figured Scott was probably some serial killer, luring victims to his home over the Internet; thankfully he wasn't and I'm still around to relay this story!

I left PA on Sunday October 28th and made the 10 hour drive out to Scott's house. We met up, got something to eat (the best tacos EVER!), and planned our strategy for the week which was to HAVE FUN!

We decided to sleep in the next morning as it was already getting late, I was whipped from the drive and none of my gear was unpacked. I hit the hotel for some Z's and the next morning got all my gear unpacked and ready to hunt.

Scott had shot his 164+" 10 point the Saturday before I arrived and wanted to take the footage over to the Archer's Choice to show the gang. So, we hopped in the truck and headed over. Ralph and Vicki were away on a hunt in Pike County but Joe, Freddy, and Gary were all there. We watched the footage, congratulated Scott again and then I got a tour of the place. What a cool place to work! Mounts EVERYWHERE and everyone working there was VERY nice!

The very first evening on stand I saw more deer than I'd seen all season in PA, more bucks, and the biggest buck I'd ever seen in my life, about a 140" 11-point with a split G2 on his right antler! He was massive!

Scott filmed me that night (and all week except for one morning hunt where he had to work the night before so I hunted solo) and that just added to the excitement. We had several bucks that I would've shot in PA in range, but I was content to let them pass to get a crack at a true monster, plus, I had a doe tag in my pocket.

We ended up seeing that 11-point 3 times that night but he never came closer than about 80 yards and most of the time he was chasing does.

The next several days involved long sits in high wind with little deer activity. We saw deer, including bucks, every single day of the hunt, mostly out of range. We did have a few close encounters with small bucks though. Most of the time when we saw does, they had a buck hot on their heels and wouldn't come into range.

Finally, on the 4th night we had a doe come through in a cornfield and even though I'd ranged some clumps of stalks when we first set up, I got too excited and blew the shot. Scott had the camera on her and he still gives me a hard time that I shot so high the arrow almost went out of frame! Oh well, if you're gonna miss, miss big!

That night we got a call from Scott's friend Scott Parker. He'd shot a nice buck and we stopped by to see it and get some pictures. To a guy born and raised in PA, this thing was huge! Parker was disappointed in that it wasn't as big as he thought it was!

After taking some pictures we headed over to Scott's (Wolfe's) house where I got to meet his wife Lisa, little boy Cooper (who's a trip!), and lab Chelios. We got some grub and relaxed, watched some SWD (as if I didn't have it bad already) and then I headed to the hotel for some sleep.

That's about how the rest of the week went, sleep, eat, hunt, relax, repeat. Scott took me to the bluffs over looking the Mississippi, we scooted into Iowa (I looked for Tiffany Lakosky but no dice...) and I met several more of Scott's friends and family. His mom's computer broke one day so we just so happened to stop by to take a look at it (did I mention that's what I do for a living? Coincidence? I think not! haha).

I saw probably in the neighborhood of 100 deer over the week, half of which were bucks, including 3 definite shooters. I flubbed a couple opportunities and came home empty handed but the trip was a HUGE success! I had a BLAST and cannot wait to do it again! I not only saw a ton of deer, went to ACM headquarters, and did some sightseeing but also got to meet a GREAT guy who I think will be a good friend for a long time to come!

I can't thank Scott enough for sharing his hunting spots with me and introducing me to a lot of great people. I took WAY too many pictures to post on this thread so I'm just going to link in my Picassa photo album and you all can check them out if you'd like! Here that is: http://picasaweb.google.com/adam.fre...h/IllinoisTrip

Hopefully, I can follow this post up next year but have a picture of me gripping the rack of my first Illinois brute!

Thanks again Scott!

Adam
__________________
"Knowing when to shoot and when to wait is one sign of maturity in a bowhunter. Be patient and pick your aim point carefully." ~ Randy Ulmer

"I suppose it's the way of hunters. We are very odd fellows." ~ Peter Hathaway Capstick
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-18-2008, 03:18 PM
toomse toomse is offline
Antelope
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 193
Default

Great looking pics!
Sounds like you had a blast.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-18-2008, 10:56 PM
BRIAN34's Avatar
BRIAN34 BRIAN34 is offline
Caribou
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MT CARROLL IL
Posts: 638
Default

Adam.............next year we will get to meet each other......glad you had a good time..don't tell everyone about our honey holes....lol
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-19-2008, 11:32 AM
FFAHunter FFAHunter is offline
Black Bear
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Byron Illinois
Posts: 314
Default

I grew up in the area I bet money the tacos you had were from manny's and you took the pictures of the river from the palisades. depending on how far south you went out of savana 10 miles, you might have passed my hunting property in the bluffs!!!!! sounds like you had fun
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-19-2008, 11:53 AM
BRIAN34's Avatar
BRIAN34 BRIAN34 is offline
Caribou
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MT CARROLL IL
Posts: 638
Default

FFAHUNTER, I think you hit the nail on the head......
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-19-2008, 12:19 PM
HurricaneCreek's Avatar
HurricaneCreek HurricaneCreek is offline
Black Bear
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Douglas/Clark County, IL
Posts: 384
Send a message via MSN to HurricaneCreek
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Adam View Post
Hopefully, I can follow this post up next year but have a picture of me gripping the rack of my first Illinois brute!
I'll be looking forward to that picture Sounds like you had a great hunt and a very memorable trip in general.
__________________
Kim R

PSE X-Force SS
Wac 'Em Tritons

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need---Vernon Howard
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-19-2008, 01:09 PM
pbg40g's Avatar
pbg40g pbg40g is offline
Elk
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Newnan, GA
Posts: 912
Default

awesome trip!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-21-2008, 11:54 AM
Adam's Avatar
Adam Adam is offline
Caribou
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 524
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FFAHunter View Post
I grew up in the area I bet money the tacos you had were from manny's and you took the pictures of the river from the palisades. depending on how far south you went out of savana 10 miles, you might have passed my hunting property in the bluffs!!!!! sounds like you had fun
You got it buddy! Manny's tacos are AWESOME! Good pizza too!

The Palisades is were where the pics were taken from too.

Brian, we'll only meet if Scott let's us. He kept us apart for some reason this time! haha
__________________
"Knowing when to shoot and when to wait is one sign of maturity in a bowhunter. Be patient and pick your aim point carefully." ~ Randy Ulmer

"I suppose it's the way of hunters. We are very odd fellows." ~ Peter Hathaway Capstick
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-21-2008, 01:17 PM
firediver's Avatar
firediver firediver is offline
Musk Ox
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Carroll County, IL.
Posts: 1,096
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Adam View Post

Brian, we'll only meet if Scott let's us. He kept us apart for some reason this time! haha
I just don't want people to find out that Brian wears a man-skirt
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-21-2008, 03:38 PM
moonlitemadness moonlitemadness is offline
Muley
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 45
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by firediver View Post
I just don't want people to find out that Brian wears a man-skirt


<a href="http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fwww.smileycentral.com%252F%253F partner%253DZSzeb008%255FZNfox000%2526i%253D26%252 F26%255F17%255F3%2526feat%253Dprof/page.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/26/26_17_3.gif" alt="SmileyCentral.com" border="0"><img border="0" src="http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fimgfarm%252Ecom%252Fimages%252F nocache%252Ftr%252Ffw%252Fsmiley%252Fsocial%252Egi f%253Fi%253D26%252F26_17_3/image.gif"></a>
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump