We had a great weekend in Illinois. During our preseason scouting we had been seeing a couple of 160"+ bucks and a three 150"+ bucks in and around a small beanfield.
Opening night I saw around 40 deer. 10 of them were bucks.
Most of the deer came out on the same run and and got within 50 yards of my stand. I did have a 135" nine pointer and a 145" eight pointer within range but elected to pass them.
The next day we hung a stand within 25 yards of where the deer had entered the field. The 3 of us flipped a coin to see who had first choice of stands. My buddy, Sonny, won the flip and decided on that stand. My other buddy, Dean, elected to hunt the same field to. I ended up choosing a pop-up blind on a food plot. the wind was perfect for that spot.
I ended up seeing a doe, a fawn and 3 spikes....all with 15 yards! 10 minutes before dark I looked across the field and a nice buck was walking my way. When he got within 20 yards I stopped him with a mouth grunt and shot. If it wasn't for the lumenok I wouldn't have a clue where the arrow hit. I was sure I made a good hit but he ran into a 4 acre chest high weed field. We ended up finding him the next day. This was a couple of first for me. First deer from the ground and not using a gun and my first deer with a crossbow.
That same night Sonny also killed a buck that we had seen several times before season.
Sonny's bucked scored 142" and mine scored 154 3/8".