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190 Inch Illinois Whitetail
Last year Todd Graf began scouting a massive buck on his trail cameras. Even after the season ended the buck continued to appera on his trail cameras. As he watched him grow into a trophy buck he knew he would have to chase him next season.
When bow season opened Todd decided to wait until the time was just right. As luck would have it he moved his core area right into his hunting spot. It was now that he started planning out how he would harvest this trophy buck.
After a few close encounteres, Todd was able to locate his bedding area and the rest is history. Todd harvested this monster buck with a perfect double lung shot. Click Here to read more about the monster buck harvested in Illinois by Todd Graf.
About Whitetail Deer
As the most sought after game animal in North America, the Whitetail Deer has always intrigued both deer hunters and non hunters alike. Today, the whitetail, is the most widespread deer in the world. Scientists recognize 30 whitetail subspecies in North and Central America, and another 8 in South America. North America's whitetail population is estimated at 20-25 million animals. The whitetail is by far the most popular game in the U.S., chased by some 11 million hunters each fall.
Deer usually inhabit a relatively small home range, until harsh weather conditions force them to temporarily move elsewhere. Thus, deer in northern states have larger home ranges, since the winters are often long and brutal. Some northern deer travel 50 miles or more to suitable winter ranger. Weather is not the only factor that impacts on a herd's home range. For example, most whitetail deer in Colorado or Kansas have larger home ranges than deer in Virginia or Alabama. Out West, the habitat is more sprawling and open and the doe densities are not as high as in the Southeastern states. Thus, western deer are forced to move longer distances to feed, bed and breed.
The lifespan of a whitetail is 11 to 12 years (17 to 20 years in captivity). But most free-roaming deer never live that long; they are hit by cars, succumb to disease, killed by predators or shot by hunters. In heavily hunted areas, many bucks live only 1½ or 2 ½ years. Deer grow to about 6 feet long and stand 3 to 4 feet high. They are reddish or grayish in color, depending on their habitat and the time of year. The weight of whitetails varies, from 100 to more than 300 pounds.
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