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Adam Bunnell

Age: 9

Home: Salem, IL

Occupation: Fourth-grade student

How many days a year do you hunt? 20

Favorite piece of gear? Remington 20 gauge youth shotgun

Gear you splurged on? Hunting blind

Most memorable outing in Illinois? My Dad took me last year during the youth deer season. It was my first deer hunt. We saw a doe and two fawns in a weed field. We stalked them down through a creek for about 30 minutes. Finally, we when got to the edge of the weed field, they were close enough for me to shoot the button buck. The deer walked towards us and stopped about 10 yards away. When I shot the button buck he ran about 20 yards and dropped. As we were standing there, a big 10-point buck stood up in the weeds, not more than 10 yards from us. We never saw him before. I had a perfect shot at him when he stood up, but could not shoot him because I had already killed the button buck. He stood there looking at us for about 20 seconds then he ran away. My Dad said it was a huge buck and I thought it was too.

What got you interested in hunting? Going with my Dad and having lots of fun.

How long have you been hunting? 1 year

Favorite species to hunt? Deer, because it is a big challenge getting close enough to shoot. Second is dove hunting because I get to shoot a lot.

What breed hunting dog do you have? None listed.

Favorite places to hunt in Illinois? None listed.


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