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2012 Illinois Deer Classic - Monster Bucks & Bowhunting Friends

by Justin Zarr 25. March 2012 08:10
Justin Zarr

The 2012 Illinios Deer Classic, held in Peoria Illinois, is starting to wind down but before we pack up and head home I wanted to give you all a quick update on what you missed if you weren't here.  As always, the Peoria Civic Center was packed full of hunters looking to stock up on gear, meet new friends and check out some of the giant bucks on display.  It always amazes me how many 200+" bucks are on display here, which represents only a small fraction of the whitetails harvested in the Land of Lincoln each fall.  I would really like to see a few of the giants that never make it into the public eye.

For those of you who are going to be around Madison Wisconsin next weekend make sure you stop in and say hello.  We'll be giving away a new Mathews Heli-m bow as well as a Lone Wolf climbing treestand so you don't want to miss out!


Look for the Bowhunt or Die neon sign and you'll find us!


If you're looking for good deals on gear, the Deer Classics are the place to be.


This officially wins the "Creepiest Mount" award.  Who actually mounts their dog???


Our buddy Dorge with Firenock is always eager to show off his new products.


My favorite mount of the whole show.  What a giant!


Looking for a unique way to display your European mount?  Check out Dutch Fork trophy plaques.  Very cool!


Our cameraman/editor Brandyn Streeter was on hand to shoot interviews with a lot of the exhibitors.  Stay tuned to the New Products section of Bowhunting.com for videos in the next few weeks.


Everyone wanted to get a glimpse of the new Mathews Heli-m and Epic Cam on display.


She loves her rack!  Check out the Pink Rack Project when you get a chance.  A great cause helping to fight breast cancer.


Todd & Richie post with the lucky winners of a new Can Cooker.


Todd signing an autograph for a Bowhunt or Die fan.  Thanks for stopping by!


Can you tell I love giant 8 points?  What a stud!


Got junk?


The mass on this deer is unreal.


If I ever shoot a 240" whitetail, I'll get a full body mount too.


Another 200+.


"Sweetness", the buck Todd was chasing for 3 seasons.  He offically scores just over 212" net NT.  What a giant!


The new world record 9 point, along with a few other 'impressive' bucks.


My 2nd favorite mount in the show.  This photo doesn't even do it justice.  This is an incredible deer and a great mount.


This deer is scored as a typical 8 point frame with junk still nets over 200" non-typical.  Amazing.  AND it was shot by a 12 year old kid.  Pretty impresive, eh?


Another shot of my favorite buck.  He looks incredible.


Our buddy Byron Ferguson stopped by to say hi.  He's an amazing shot!


Former UFC Heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia stopped by and showed Richie whats up after a little smack talk.




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