Mike: I don’t know how often you get invitations from strangers, but if you ever pass though Illinois I would like to invite you for a bowhunt. We do not have the trophies like some of your hunts I’ve seen on VERSUS, but we do have plenty of deer and good fellowship. Have you hunted in Pike County?
I am acquainted with Rick Wombles of Hopewell Views Hunting Club. He controls thousands of prime hunting acres and has been offering trophy whitetail hunting for 30 years. One of my friends, Jeff, took the last big buck with a shotgun on his place a dozen years ago; it has been archery ever since. The attached photos are of an early-season buck taken at Rick’s place by Bobby, one of his guides. Some buck, huh? Best regards, Lawrence
Thanks, Lawrence! Yes, I have bowhunted Pike a couple of times, seen some shooters and one monster (170 legit), but I have never flown an arrow there. Heck, that’s bowhunting. Be careful, I might take you up on that offer sometime, plenty of deer and good fellowship is what it’s about for me. You might never get rid of Hanback, LOL.
BTW, from what I understand, Bobby killed that 200” Pike giant (24 points, incredible mass and character) by hunting a cold front one day last October. Bingo! I have written/blogged that probably 100 times. When the first October cold front hits and drops the temperature 20/30 degrees or more, bucks that have been walking around in Indian Summer heat with winter fur coats on feel good and frisky and start moving more in daylight, feeding and poking around for does. You need to be out there, butt in a tree stand, especially on the high-pressure backside of the front. It might be windy, but the deer will move well for a day or 2 until it warms back up.
BTW, looks like Bobby killed that buck with a 2-blade Rage, check out that entry hole, damn near as big as the snuff can.
I understand that Bobby is heck of a bowhunter who has killed maybe a dozen more Pike Co. giants. Way to go B, send us a photo of your 2008 monster. I have little doubt you’ll get one.