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Hunting Southern Illinois

Wed, November 10, 2010

I have had the conviction that if i am going to speak and write about deer hunting outside my home county then i had better do some more hunting outside my county. Last winter i picked a piece of public ground far enough away from home i would only be able to scout one or two times a year and offered a lot of ground and adventure. In doing this i also made friends and lined up a private land hunt in Southern Illinois as well.


Good friend Danny McDaniles and I traveled down south to hang stands and scout in September and then back again to hunt over a long Halloween weekend. While we never did connect with a deer we were very close and weren’t far off where we needed to be. i thought we did pretty good for tirst timers on a few thousand acres. What we did do is continued building friendship with Steve and Leanna as we stayed in there hand built log cabin. We enjoyed listening to Steve play his banjo and blue grass music as he cooked us steak and eggs over an open fire. We got to see some beautiful country, shot bows and even an old flintlock muzzleloader. We had a grand time, the only thing that would have been better was putting our hands on a big set of antlers.

On the drive home i received a phone call from a friend telling me of a 190” buck his buddy had shot the day before so i stopped by and finally got my antler fix for the trip. After all was said and done it was the perfect trip. Good friends, and good times is really why we hunt, the game we take is a bonus.


From another “former” Flatlander now living in S. IL.

One of the reason’s for me moving to S. IL. was hunting access.
Although it is still hard to locate private land there is lots of public land to hunt.
Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Posted by silbowhunter on November 11

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