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Posted on 7/28/2010 | 6663 views

Shed Hunting Illinois!

Join Justin Zarr and Mike Willand as they go through snow, stolen tree stands and blown-out tires! Also Justin finds a shed from the legendary buck, "dope ear" for the second year in a row!

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Justin Zarr - The 2010 Deer Season is off to one heck of a start. Mike and I left my house at 5 am on Saturday morning and we didn’t get back until 2 am the following day. Shed Antlers, Stolen Treestands, Blown out tires, tow trucks, your gonna’ want to check this out.

Mike Willand – March 2010. Justin and I our lease at Brown Lake Counties. We are gonna do a little bone hunting today. Little Shed hunting. We got a little snow on the ground. Its about 35 degrees. Lets go to it. When Justin and I go shed hunting. We like to stop and eat a delicious Nutrigrain bar. Cherry Flavored.

Justin Zarr – Well, its quite the unfortunate situation we got here. Me and mike have been out at our lease here for about an hour, maybe an hour and a half. We were walking around. Kind of checking our treestands. We got here. A spot where we had a double set hung. Unfortunately someone has stolen our treestands. 2 lone wolf treestands. A set of sticks. I just don’t understand. We’re on private property. Nobody is allowed to be out here but us. The landowners know that.  The landowners are totally cool. They don’t come out here they don’t allow anyone onto the property. Why someone would come out and steel another person’s treestand is beyond me. I really don’t get it. If you steel other people’s treestands you’re a looser! You don’t want to be a looser!

Mike Willand – Alright, we got the first shed of the day. It kind of feels good after having 2 lone wolf treestands stolen from you. If this antler had about another hundred inches I’d be happy. I think that Justin and I actually go some video of this deer. Actually, probably only a hundred and fifty yards from where we just found the shed. I think we had 2 encounters with this deer. Justin affectionately calls him Ice Man.

Justin Zarr – Alright finally, been hiking here for a couple hours. I cut Mikes tracks coming up this hill that way. And lo and behold. I see this antler sitting here. I don’t know if you guys recognize it but I believe it is our friend dope ear. He ugh, gosh this deer had no tracks at all, but he is a giant horse of a deer. I missed him last fall. W saw him twice this year. Couldn’t get a shot off. Too dark to film. As you can see he doesn’t have anything not tines just come straight up of his head like that. He’s a horse of a der. This deer is my number one target next year. I want this buck. Well these are the two antlers we found off of dope ear. This antler was picked up last year the year that I missed him. This is the antler I picked up this year. There’s no question these are from the same deer. This antler only scores about 50 inches. About 115 118 inch deer. This year he actually lost a little bit. The tines got a little bit shorter. He’s only about 46 inches this year. Probably putting him 105 to a 110 inch deer. That just goes to show you that in Illinois here, ya we’ve got great genetics, ya we’ve got a great food source for deer, but not every deer has the genetics and the ability to grow a monster rack. This buck is no doubt 5 or 6 years old. Maybe older. I saw him twice this year, he is one pig of a deer. He’s gotta be pushing three hundred lb’s, but doesn’t have much in the antler apartment. But at the end of the day, its not all about the size of the antlers. Its about the story behind the hunt. I am really exited for this fall. My number one mission for this particular property is gonna be hunting this deer. Gotta couple of guys hunting with me, hopefully one of us can get a shot at him and put an arrow through this deer. He’s eluded both our arrows and trail cameras the last 2 seasons, so hopefully 3 is gonna be a charm and we can put Dope Ear on the ground for you. So it was the end of the day. We through our antlers in the back of the truck and headed home. My gps said we were going to be home by 11. You are not going to believe what happened.

Greetings once again my fellow bow hunters. It is 11:03. Mike and I are approximately 1 hour from home. We are just south, of Rockford Illinois. When all of a sudden my tire blows up. We pull over on the side of the road, no big deal. Get out the little jack. Lo and behold, there is a nifty device on there called a winch lock. And this device is there to prevent someone from steeling my spare tire. Apparently, there is a high demand for my Dynem Pro tires I have on there. Well unfortunately, the [profanity] [profanity] [profanity] at the [profanity] car dealership, never gave me the key for the winch lock. Which means, I can’t get my spare tire off. Now, you guys tell me, at 11:00 at night, where can you get a spare tire in Rochelle? No Where, that’s where. Now we are waiting for a tow truck to tow me to God knows where. So they can take my tire off, then wait for my wife to get here. So we can drive an hour home, tomorrow I can get a new tire, then tomorrow she drives me there, and I can drive back. That’s another 4 hours worth of driving.

As you can see, we had one heck of a weekend. Thankfully we did find a couple shed antlers off of some bucks we want to hunt this fall. Between a couple hundred dollars worth of treestands and sticks, the tow truck fee, and the new tires made this weekend the most expensive one I have had in a while. But I guess that’s the price you have to pay when you are serious about deer hunting. Check here at bowhunting.com we are gonna keep you updated as the season moves on.  We’ve got more hunting, food plots to plant, its gonna be an exiting year.


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Re: Shed Hunting Illinois!

Awesome weekend, but you are right - if you steal treestands you are a loser! If you steal my treestand, you just made my most hunted list and I have trail cams. Stand stealers beware - not all trail cams are low and easy to see. I will prosecute (at a minimum)!

Posted by Jeremiah Johnson on 4/2/2010 12:13:01 PM

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