Although it’s hard to nail down my top five species, it really wasn’t that hard to come up with my top five bow hunts in North America. These are hunts that truly stand out for one reason or another.
1. Illinois Whitetails
Illinois 202-Inch Whitetail with Golden Triangle Whitetails
I grew up in Minnesota and was born and raised around deer hunting. I dreamed of someday hunting big bucks, but never imagined the kind of hunting I found in Illinois. Like anyplace, there are not record book bucks around every tree, but it is a place you will kill big deer if you put in your time. I’ve gone a couple seasons without filling my tags, but usually the patience pays off. I was lucky enough to notch my tag on this 202-inch buck during a late season hunt with Golden Triangle Whitetails a couple years back. As a little girl, I probably would have fallen over if someone would’ve told me someday I would take home a 200-inch trophy with my bow, but it happened and there is no one in this world that could have had a bigger smile or been more proud. As a hardcore whitetail hunter, Illinois is my No. 1 choice for a chance at a buck of a lifetime.