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Supposedly New Illinois State Record
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Bowboy 18-Nov-22
JusPassin 18-Nov-22
t-roy 18-Nov-22
greg simon 18-Nov-22
Cazador 18-Nov-22
Jaquomo 18-Nov-22
M.Pauls 18-Nov-22
sitO 18-Nov-22
RD in WI 18-Nov-22
KSflatlander 18-Nov-22
fdp 18-Nov-22
APauls 18-Nov-22
7mm08 18-Nov-22
7mm08 18-Nov-22
7mm08 18-Nov-22
LUNG$HOT 18-Nov-22
Grey Ghost 18-Nov-22
Shug 18-Nov-22
drycreek 18-Nov-22
Brotsky 18-Nov-22
deerhunter72 18-Nov-22
W 18-Nov-22
Michael 18-Nov-22
M.Pauls 18-Nov-22
M.Pauls 18-Nov-22
Mule Power 18-Nov-22
Huntcell 18-Nov-22
drycreek 18-Nov-22
StickFlicker 18-Nov-22
LBshooter 18-Nov-22
Zbone 19-Nov-22
Jaquomo 19-Nov-22
[email protected] 19-Nov-22
Highlife 19-Nov-22
Zbone 25-Nov-22
ILbowhntr 26-Nov-22
Franzen 26-Nov-22
Don K 26-Nov-22
Will 26-Nov-22
Ollie 26-Nov-22
Bou’bound 27-Nov-22
RBBH 29-Nov-22
Dale06 29-Nov-22
Zim 29-Nov-22
orionsbrother 29-Nov-22
Highlife 30-Nov-22
Firsty 30-Nov-22
Bou'bound 01-Dec-22
bigswivle 01-Dec-22
Zim 01-Dec-22
Zim 01-Dec-22
Highlife 01-Dec-22
Brotsky 01-Dec-22
Bou'bound 01-Dec-22
Jebediah 01-Dec-22
Highlife 01-Dec-22
Zim 01-Dec-22
Groundhunter 01-Dec-22
Highlife 01-Dec-22
Zim 01-Dec-22
sticksender 02-Dec-22
sticksender 02-Dec-22
DanaC 02-Dec-22
Charlie Rehor 02-Dec-22
t-roy 02-Dec-22
deerhunter72 02-Dec-22
Zim 02-Dec-22
From: Bowboy
18-Nov-22

Bowboy's embedded Photo
Bowboy's embedded Photo
Bowboy's embedded Photo
Picture at the meat processor. What a brute!
Bowboy's embedded Photo
Picture at the meat processor. What a brute!
A friend sent me this!

A guy named Xen McAllister shot the buck on 11-17-2022. Fayette County. Southern Illinois. From my understanding he shot it on private ground. One comment from one of his family members says they have 5 years of trail camera pictures of the deer (none posted yet) another family member of his says they have 2 years of trail camera pictures of him (none shared yet) and that a bunch of locals have been after this deer for years. No one has previous years sheds to my knowledge No field pictures of the deer, no video, and the hunter doesn’t use social media (from the comments I’ve read about the deer) He came in around 240-243”.

From: JusPassin
18-Nov-22
Beautiful deer. Waiting to hear the details.

From: t-roy
18-Nov-22
WOW! Gagger for sure! Unfortunately (typical score wise) quite a bit of deductions that will bring the score down, if it gets officially scored and entered as a typical. Actually looks pretty symmetrical. Love all the junk!

From: greg simon
18-Nov-22
Congratulations to the hunter. Whale of a buck, almost unbelievable!!!

From: Cazador
18-Nov-22
State record what? The Pope Young world record was shot in Illinois. Are we saying this buck will net over 204 as a typical? Like the last 50+ years, my money is on the "no"

From: Jaquomo
18-Nov-22
Does anyone know if he shot it with a bow, or a crossbow? Might be the state record for bolt slingers.

From: M.Pauls
18-Nov-22
That thing will be scored as a non typical for sure. I bet that buck doesn’t even make boone as a typical. But as a non typ, yea 220-240 doesn’t seem unreasonable. Gorgeous buck and congrats to the hunter. In 2012 I killed an incredibly typical looking buck. Absolute stud. Goes just north of 196 as a non typ, but went something like 150 as a typical because of just a few odds n ends. It’s almost hard to believe. A little bit of trash here and there can really hurt the typical score, and fast.

Love that he isn’t on social media :) love the low key guys, he’s so low key, he only takes his trophy photos at the butcher! Ha!

From: sitO
18-Nov-22
It's just an amazing deer, no matter what he scores.

From: RD in WI
18-Nov-22
Wow - buck of my dreams for sure. Congratulations to the hunter.

From: KSflatlander
18-Nov-22
48 inches of deductions. I ain’t buying it. That thing is a typical or nontypical booner IMO. But I’ve been wrong before.

Great deer. Congrats to the hunter. Sito X2

From: fdp
18-Nov-22
Man that is a BIG deer.

From: APauls
18-Nov-22
Incredible deer. If I had to guess prob has 30" of deductions. If I cared a hoot about them. What a stud. Congrats to that guy.

From: 7mm08
18-Nov-22
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From: 7mm08
18-Nov-22
M.Pauls: 48" is more then "a few odds and ends" in my book.

From: 7mm08
18-Nov-22
I am only seeing anout 20" of dedictions which would easily make it B&C either way if it actually grosses 240".

From: LUNG$HOT
18-Nov-22
Good for him! Total brute!

From: Grey Ghost
18-Nov-22

Grey Ghost's Link
Beautiful buck!

I recently ran across an article that listed total number of B&C entries by state. I was surprised to see that Wisconsin was #1 and Illinois was #2. I was also surprised to see Minnesota at #4.

Matt

From: Shug
18-Nov-22
I think No

From: drycreek
18-Nov-22
Well, it’s a helluva buck no matter the score.

From: Brotsky
18-Nov-22
Nets are for fishermen :) Awesome buck!

From: deerhunter72
18-Nov-22
Absolutely amazing deer! Congratulations to the hunter!

18-Nov-22
I wouldn’t have shot him. He only has one ear.

Much worse than droopy ears

From: W
18-Nov-22
Talk about a Xen moment.

From: Michael
18-Nov-22
Wow what a brute.

It would be so cool to see that deer stroll by at 20 yards from the tree.

From: M.Pauls
18-Nov-22
Hey I’ve been wrong before and very well likely could be here again. And just to be clear, I’m in no way downplaying this buck, I’m just saying I think he’ll score out as a TREMENDOUS NT but I don’t see him doing well as a typical

Obviously I meant “a few odds n ends” somewhat sarcastically. But here’s a photo of the buck I was talking about. (My face is blacked out, cause I feel weird about posting my trophy pic in someone else’s big buck thread) For reference, that’s a main frame 6x7 with a spread of just over 20” and beams around 28”. Net non-typical is 195 5/8, and net typical is 151 2/8. It’s hard to see 45” in deductions in a buck like that, but they’re there. And this is officially scored, not just garage taped

From: M.Pauls
18-Nov-22

M.Pauls's embedded Photo
M.Pauls's embedded Photo

From: Mule Power
18-Nov-22
I saw a picture of that buck long before 11/17/22

From: Huntcell
18-Nov-22
Why God! Why isn't this the norm for whitetails?

Why? Why?

OMG that is one great rack!!!

From: drycreek
18-Nov-22
If it was the norm, we wouldn’t be ooohing and aaahing over it.

From: StickFlicker
18-Nov-22
If it has 15" or more abnormal points, it's required to be entered as a NT. Boone and Crockett will allow any deer with 1" of abnormal to be entered as NT or a deer with 30" of abnormal points to be a Typical, as long as they make the minimum.

From: LBshooter
18-Nov-22
Wow, nice deer.

From: Zbone
19-Nov-22
OMGosh, WOW, what a buck, CONGRATS to the hunter...

Thanks for sharing...

"Boone and Crockett will allow any deer with 1" of abnormal to be entered as NT or a deer with 30" of abnormal points to be a Typical"

Be interesting to learn if it has to be scored as a non-typical, and if officially scored as a typical, will it surpass Mel Johnson's 204-4/8" IL P&Y WR that has stood for 57 years...

From: Jaquomo
19-Nov-22
Does anyone know what type of weapon it was shot with?

19-Nov-22
Based on the below deer hunting dates in Illinois, if this deer was killed on Nov 17 or prior, one or more days prior to rifle deer season and prior to the ML rifle season, it must have been an archery kill.

What are the dates for deer hunting in Illinois? ?2022 Season Dates First Firearm Deer Season: November 18, 19 & 20, 2022. Second Firearm Deer Season: December 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2022. Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season: December 9, 10 & 11, 2022 - Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloading rifle during Second Firearm Season December 1 - 4, 2022.

From: Highlife
19-Nov-22

From: Zbone
25-Nov-22
Any update or more info on this buck, couldn't find anything more like weapon type, etc., on internet... Usually when a buck surfaces supposedly with state or world record aspirations, the internet blows up for months about it... This buck went quiet after a few days...

From: ILbowhntr
26-Nov-22
Paul, our season starts 10/1. You can also hunt with a bow during the shotgun season with a gun tag on private and certain public. This one was taken the next county west of me, the Brewster buck was the county north of me. You’d think I’d get lucky someday.

Haven’t heard much about how the buck was taken. Lots of “good ol boys” in Fayette county that take deer hunting very seriously.

From: Franzen
26-Nov-22
IL record? No offense, it's a great buck, but don't see a 204 5/8" typical, nor a 330-ish non-typical.

From: Don K
26-Nov-22
It was taken with a compound bow, there's other pictures online on the meat processors Facebook page (Korte Meat's) There's some accusations on there also that seem to surface when a deer of this caliber gets killed. Hopefully those are just B.S.

From: Will
26-Nov-22
Amazing animal for sure!

From: Ollie
26-Nov-22
Needs another year.

From: Bou’bound
27-Nov-22
that's a good one Ollie

From: RBBH
29-Nov-22
I want to be careful as to not misrepresent my involvment, but I know some about this buck. A friend of mine contacted me this summer and told me about this deer. It was in an area I have access too. I tried to get him access early, but it didnt work out. He had pics last year, and also found the right shed. I have seen it. I believe the right side scored between 95"-100". The only story I've heard is that another hunter missed this deer a couple days before the successful hunter got him. The pics I was sent showed a compound bow with the hunter. Congrats to the Hunter, That would be a tough shot to make!

From: Dale06
29-Nov-22
Couldn’t care less about the score, typical, non typical, deductions, whatever book, etc. that’s a stunning animal. Congrats to the hunter.

From: Zim
29-Nov-22
Mostly amazed it wasn’t harvested by a dude from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Pennsylvania or other state with crappy deer management. Because that’s all I see here in November. This guy beat the odds.

29-Nov-22
Congratulations to the hunter regardless of score. Great buck.

From: Highlife
30-Nov-22
That's classic Zim bitching about nonresidents when your also one lol

From: Firsty
30-Nov-22
Zim bitches about any and everything! True story.

From: Bou'bound
01-Dec-22
Nonresidents and first wife fire him up but the guy can hunt!!!!

From: bigswivle
01-Dec-22
Zim bitches about any and everything! True story.

This

From: Zim
01-Dec-22
Sorry to hear you are still jealous just because you failed to invest in ILDNR and get your own lifetime license back when they sold them. You should just let it go. I expect it’s especially tough for Highlife to accept that I will always have more rights in Illinois as himself. Despite he lives there and corrupt politicians forced me to move East due to $18k/year property taxes & bloated state employee pensions. One positive is I now actually live closer to my IL hunting public property. Lol

Also, it’s not the hunters from MS, LA, AL, GA, FL, TN, MI & PA I have a problem with. It’s the QUANTITY of them. We used to have a quota for them like Iowa’s 6,000. Ours was ~11,500, until a greased politician got rid of it ~20 years ago. The ILDNR was over ruled by special interest group coin and the floodgates burst to 20,000+.

From: Zim
01-Dec-22

Zim's embedded Photo
Zim's embedded Photo
BTW Highlife, I noticed you didn’t comment in the IL forum on my 195 2/8” P&Y buck last year. But thought you’d be interested I took him just 70 miles from where this record buck was taken. Only mine came off public. Both taken on the exact same date, one year apart 11/16/21. Certainly not bitching about him. Lol

From: Highlife
01-Dec-22
And yet I still have no comment.

From: Brotsky
01-Dec-22
No comment is a comment in and of itself....and yes, I am a pot stirrer. :)

From: Bou'bound
01-Dec-22
Magnificent deer. Spectacular

From: Jebediah
01-Dec-22
Fantastic deer, love seeing pictures of true monsters. I choose to believe that there’s another whole collection of spectacular deer killed each year that never make it onto the internet. I also think it’s quite possible that the cap/skull from what would be a world-record deer (B&C, P&Y, S&C, whatever) is nailed up on some guys barn.

From: Highlife
01-Dec-22
I carry a big ladle myself Justin lol

From: Zim
01-Dec-22
Lol. I actually inspected the Vandalia post office a few days before this guy took his buck. Then drove down I-70 to inspect Highland before picking up my mount there at Larry Keilbach Taxidermy.

Highlife, I think you’d be a lot less grouchy if you joined the Illinois exodus and paid just $1,000/year in IN property tax like me. Heck we even got a $750 check in the mail prior to my elk hunt, for our state BUDGET SURPLUS. Can you imagine that?! Lol

From: Groundhunter
01-Dec-22
Wow.

From: Highlife
01-Dec-22
I pay 72.00 dollars a year in property taxes in Tennessee.

From: Zim
01-Dec-22
Missed Don K’s comment that this buck was processed at Korte meats. When I first viewed the photo’s I was going to say I thought I recognized the meat locker. But wasn’t positive. Well guess what? Yup that’s where I took my buck as well! In Highland, IL. Lots in common. Lol. I’ll have to call Larry and see if he’ll also be doing this mount. His shop is like five minutes from there.

From: sticksender
02-Dec-22
From: sticksender
02-Dec-22

sticksender's embedded Photo
Xen McCallister's Archery Buck
sticksender's embedded Photo
Xen McCallister's Archery Buck

From: DanaC
02-Dec-22
Heckuva deer!

02-Dec-22
Great deer. Illinois always produces giants.

From: t-roy
02-Dec-22
Thanks for the story link, Greg.

From: deerhunter72
02-Dec-22
That’s quite a story. Congratulations to the hunter for keeping it together and making a great shot on that monster. Funny thing for me, I had never been to Highland before in my life, but I was there just a few days before this deer was killed. It’s a little over an hour drive from my house. Lots and lots of wide open farm ground.

From: Zim
02-Dec-22
Processor is in Highland, but deer was taken near Vandalia 40 miles East of there. Doesn’t look like there’s any processors closer. That Korte is definitely a top shelf processor. Expensive but very big and clean facility. Tons of specialty meats.

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