The hard thing to imagine is that Tim Linn had already missed this buck twice. Once last year during bow season and then again this year, three weeks ago in almost the exact same spot as the first miss.
So when he headed out to hunt in the snow of JoDaviess County on Saturday afternoon, he did not expect much.
“I had no illusions of killing him,” Linn said. “These big bucks are almost unkillable.”
When 4:30 p.m. rolled around, he figured his hunt was over. Then the monster buck arrived, following a doe into the middle of a cut corn field.
This time, with a shotgun and not a bow, Linn did not miss.
He’s not alone, either. For the first time in several years, gun season has yielded several really, really big bucks. We’ll have more to post each day this week. What that is a sign of I’ll leave up to you to determine. For now, just admire the beauty of a truly mature monster buck.