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  1. tall@wide

    Cheaper Cams to Replace Moultries

    I do not like my Brownings. The nighttime pictures are so blurry, they are pretty much unusable. The night pictures that are not blurry when the animal is standing still, are still poor quality. I have Patriots and dark ops. I will never buy Brownings again because of this.
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    Land prices / insane!!!

    I agree, unless it's a top notch hunting farm. Then a cash buyer will come in and buy it immediately.
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    Land prices / insane!!!

    I see what you are saying, but you only get a small percentage in interest paid back when you deduct it on your taxes. It's not like you are getting a full refund for it. Also, in Skip's example he used 7% and if that is over 30 years, it's around $420,000 paid in interest alone.
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    Land prices / insane!!!

    This is one thing people don't really consider as close as they should when buying land. I've seen people buying a farm and they finance most of it. They say it's a great investment, and I say have you looked to see exactly how much you are paying in interest every month? They always say no, not...
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    Land prices / insane!!!

    This farm went into a bidding war the day after it was listed. It sold for at least $500 acre more than the list price. Someone paid way too much IMO.
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    Land prices / insane!!!

    It's unbelievable what they are still asking for some of these rec tracts in Illinois (and Iowa). The amazing part is people are still buying them. I made an offer a couple days ago on an all wooded tract with no income and timber had been thinned a few years ago. They declined and listed it...
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    200 inchers?

    Agreed. What Illinois is doing to the deer hunting is based on short term gains and more revenue. Allowing unlimited out of state tags, crossbows, straight wall cartridges next year, and nonresidents to take 2 bucks are all designed to bring in more hunters, and more money. In the long run it's...
  8. tall@wide

    Consensus on 2022 antler growth

    My cameras show average growth. I had a mature 8pt that stayed the same with no growth, and a mature 10 pt that got weak on one side this year. All in all, average growth.
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    200 inchers?

    Same thing plays out every year now. Hunters come from all over the USA to hunt Illinois with their new crossbows. They arrive with high hopes of a booner and scout the small farm the first day spooking all the deer. After a couple of days of pounding a 100 acre farm with multiple hunters they...
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    If you could pick the Day, Weather, Ground condition, and Wind direction to Bow hunt what day would it be??

    A January day with snow on the ground and bitterly cold. North or west wind, and hunting over a soybean plot. I see every buck on my farm that time of year (broken racks are the only problem). I'm starting to like the last week of October on a good cold front too.
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    200 inchers?

    Only way I would pass up the normal mature bucks would be if I knew a 200 was using my farm. Otherwise, I develop the target list of mature bucks and I'll target one of those. I'm to the point now that if I do not kill a buck I don't mind. The fun part to me, is trying to get the old, high...
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    200 inchers?

    Agreed. If I'm after a 200, I'll pass everything but him. If I don't kill anything that's ok. It was fun trying. I actually had a 200 on one of my farms in 2020 (first time ever having a 200). He only used my place late season and was nocturnal. He bedded in a spot making him difficult to kill...
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    200 inchers?

    I agree with people saying most bucks never get entered into the record bucks. I never enter mine and really prefer no one knows except close friends. It seems like a common theme in this thread to kill giants is to stay away from outfitters and pass the younger bucks. If you look at what most...
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    200 inchers?

    In my Illinois county, I know most of the landowners and locals that are serious deer managers. I do not know of 1 single 200" buck killed in the entire county last season. I know of 2 190" bucks but no 200s last year. This is West Central Illinois. I would think this mirrors most counties...
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    200 inchers?

    That's impressive. Judging by this thread, there is definitely more 200s in Iowa than I expected. All it takes is large landowners who control big blocks of land and keep the outfitters at bay. Outfitters are the absolute worst neighbors you can have. Running hunter after hunter on the same...