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By: Brian R. Kightlinger

June 14th couldn’t arrive soon enough. That was the scheduled day for my closing on the 12 acres. I arrived at my attorney’s office 15 minutes early due to my excitement. Patiently, I waited in the waiting room until they called my name. 

The closing did not take very long at all. Both attorneys raved about the deal I had gotten on the land. Ten years ago the owners had tried to sell it for $40,000 and it never sold. That was great news to hear and the fact that I also got all of the mineral rights was a bonus. Leaving the office I already knew what had to be done! I needed to reach out to Mike McKenzie of Monster Game Management and have him come look at the property.

On the drive home, I
called Mike and left a message for him to call me. Later in the day, Mike
returned my call and I told him about my purchase. After a short conversation,
he agreed to meet me and walk the property. I asked if he could schedule a day
and we agreed on a day later in June. 

Since I had been hunting
the 12 acres for the past 10 years, I felt pretty confident about some of the
stand locations and possible food plots. Wanting to get a second opinion from
Mike was going to help me he understand my property better. Mike has been doing
property management for whitetails for many years and I knew I could trust him.

Using the Huntwise app I
sent a few screenshots of the property to Mike. The 12 acres run north to south
and where I live the prevailing wind is from west to east. These 12 acres were
thick in areas and provided a lot of bedding for does. I couldn’t wait for Mike
to see it!

Mike texted me the
morning we were going to meet to see if it was alright for our mutual friend,
Curt DeLattre to join us. Having no issues with Curt coming I waited for them
to arrive. All of us climbed into my truck and headed up the road to the 12
acres. Mike wanted to know how I accessed the stands without spooking any deer.
I showed him the logging road on the eastern border of my property and he
grinned. He agreed that this was the best point of entry with the wind
direction and ease of navigating the road. 

Walking to the logging road we all talked about the upcoming season and what we hoped to harvest. Following the logging road to the end, I showed Mike the pond the bordered my property and he wanted to investigate. He quickly found where deer had been coming to drink the clear water. Every trail to the pond came from my property. We looked around for potential trees for a stand. Locating a few we agreed that a stand around the pond would be needed. 

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Heading deeper into the
12 acres we finally reached the back boundary of my property. This area is very
thick and has a ton of deer paths running through it. Using the Huntwise app we
followed the back boundary of my property to the southwest corner. This part of
the property is full of tall hemlock trees and is a pinch point between two
swamps. The deer funnel through this area so they can avoid the swamp. Looking
around at the deer trails Mike located some well-used beds. He felt it would be
wise to hang a camera in this area to see what was using the beds.

The three of us continued up the western boundary of the 12 acres making note of the heavily used trails. All of the trails seemed to lead toward the center of the property. We followed the trails and found a nice open area that would be a great place for a food plot. Mike felt that in the spring we could clear a few trees and create a staging food plot for the deer. There were plenty of trees on the downwind side that would be great for a treestand. 

Thinking about the fall
season coming up I showed Mike where I had placed stands before. He felt that
the areas would be good for hunting as the property had many deer trails
running through it. Feeling excited and confident about the fall season and the
future we began walking back to the truck. 

As we were packing up to leave the property, Mike asked if I had placed a camera on the property yet. I told him I had a Buckstik in a hidden apple orchard that we walked by. I didn’t want any foot traffic there as my Spypoint Link Micro camera had already taken over 2,500 pictures. Of course, most of the pictures were of fawns and does but there were a few smaller bucks caught on camera. 

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Driving back to my house
from the 12 acres I told Mike and Curt how I have seen some very nice bucks on
that property. The does always bring the bucks in as the seeking phase begins.
On one evening sit, I watched 8 different bucks search for receptive does. I knew
this property was going to be a great investment. 

Back at the house, we
continued talking about the property. Mike and I agreed to meet up again in the
spring. I thanked Mike and Curt for walking the property with me and giving me
some great suggestions. All I had to do now was get a few stands hung and get
ready for the fall season to start on October 5th.

Part 3 will feature my kids hunting the property as they look to fill their buck tags.

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For Part I: Piece by Piece – For more please go to: Brian R. Kightlinger

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Facebook: Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors

Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Facebook: Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors
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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

NEXT: IS IT OK TO SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS?

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Land & Legacy – Determining the Success of Your Season

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Here is your pre-season pep rally! We take time this week to discuss how you should gauge the success of your season. Yes, big bucks are fun and play a role in our season, but there is much more weighing in on the success of a long hunting season. The outdoors is a medium or a way for you to draw closer to creation. Don’t overlook the opportunities this season to understand the importance of being silent and listening!

In addition, to determining the success of a season, we also discuss why you need to record your hunting observations. Each hunting season is an opportunity to learn more about what deer want to be doing on your property. These patterns or lack of patterns you are observing are strong indicators of the habitat work that needs to be completed on the property. We walk you through how to interpret these signs on your property. We will teach you to be intentional this hunting season and take a note pad to the stand with you. Learn more about your property and yourself more than ever this fall.

We hope this season is filled with encounters, not only with target deer, but with the Creator himself. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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Here is your pre-season pep rally! We take time this week to discuss how you should gauge the success of your season. Yes, big bucks are fun and play a role in our season, but there is much more weighing in on the success of a long hunting season. The outdoors is a medium or a way for you to draw closer to creation. Don’t overlook the opportunities this season to understand the importance of being silent and listening!

In addition, to determining the success of a season, we also discuss why you need to record your hunting observations. Each hunting season is an opportunity to learn more about what deer want to be doing on your property. These patterns or lack of patterns you are observing are strong indicators of the habitat work that needs to be completed on the property. We walk you through how to interpret these signs on your property. We will teach you to be intentional this hunting season and take a note pad to the stand with you. Learn more about your property and yourself more than ever this fall.

We hope this season is filled with encounters, not only with target deer, but with the Creator himself. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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