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We all know Ill., Ia & Ks are "supposed" to be the Big Buck States. i know there are more but letsjust do these.
Who has Bowhunted any of these & if so, what was your success?
Seeing, killing.

I'm from Iowa (now).
My Daughter & I have put in nearly 100 hours (I do the Ia DNR Bowhunt Survey so log all deer & hours) in the Deer Stands in some prime N.E. Iowa Deer Country.
We saw 13 Bucks & 39 Does.
I passed on 2 Bucks within 15 yds. & several Does because my Daughter has never drawn on ANY Deer (new to Bowhunting & I have killed a ton of Archery deer). She passed on 1 little 5 pointer @ 15 yds. & has not had a Doe close enough. So, neither of us have drawn our Bow.
Last year I killed 2 does & passed on a few Bucks & saw 3 I wanted to shoot but never closed the deal.. Daughter was not a Bowhunter then.

Illinois (my home state) I have a brother & son (N.W.) that are both avid Bowhunters. Neither has drawn their bow as nothing has been within bow range though they have seen several Deer. Brother killed a very nice 8 last year.

So-4 residents in Big Deer Country & not one Deer (either sex) has been taken or even an arrow shot.

We "see" um. We do think the late crop harvest did make some difference.

Anyone else?
 

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Revival. In 2010 Daughter & I Bowhunted Iowa (where I live now) & Son & Brother Bowhunted Illinois (my home state).

Daughter & I spent OVER 100 hours each in stands (Iowa). She missed 1 Doe & I missed 2 very respectable Bucks at 35 yds. & passed All Does (10 at least) & 6 different little bucks within 20 yds..
Son (Ill) never drew his bow but only got our 40 hours at the most.
Brother (Ill.) shot a decent Buck on Holloween as he did in 2009 also. None of us are true HEAD hunters but I have set a personal goal 6 years ago.

We hunt mostly private but not managed & all the properties get gun hunted-brown it's down. None of us are gun hunters though, only Bow. We do live in some of the best Whitetail country in these states. So, 4 Bowhunters & 1 Buck (maybe 110 score) but as I said, I'm the only one passing Bucks I put a 170 Gross minimum for me since I have 4 respectable Bucks & at least 20 in the 110 size.. Pics are a couple I killed & live deer are some I could have had a 20 yd. or less shot at at one time or another.

So, lets see some of those MIDWEST monsters (or others) everyone seems to score on & travel & spend big $$$ just to get a tag.... Tell me YOUR story....
 

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me and my group has hunted kansas and illinois and are going to iowa next year. While hunting we seen way more deer and bucks in kansas and all killed a135-142 class. In illinois w took a 145 and a155....didn't see as many deer as kansas while hunting but see 10 times as many while driving around. Going to illinois this year.
 

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i live and hunt in ks.

i passed 21 bucks in 1 morning before i killed the 22nd to walk by all within 10 yds. on public land

a slow sit 1-4 hrs on stand is seeing 5-10 bucks and twice as many does.
 

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Iowa, some bucks over the years.
 

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Have hunted Ohio for the past 6 seasons. Spent countless hours on stand in prime whitetail habitat. I've seen 3x more bucks than does. However, I have yet to see a whitetail larger than a basket rack toy buck. I'm looking for a 125+ and have yet to see such an animal.
 
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