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Illinois Bowhunter Tags 30-Point Freak Buck

December 01, 2011
Illinois Bowhunter Tags 30-Point Freak Buck - 18

Each summer hunters across the country set out trail cameras to help locate big bucks for the upcoming fall hunting season. Trail cam users know that once you pull the memory card from a camera, you’re just itching to get it into a computer and see what’s on the card. Travis Cockburn was scrolling through trail cam pictures with his son when his jaw abruptly hit the floor--this was a buck like none he had ever seen before. His son aptly named the buck “Ginormica.”

Cockburn, who hunts with a small group of family and friends, hunted an 80-acre farm in southern Illinois where the group took some impressive whitetails in the 140” to 150” range over the years.

When Ginormica showed up in July he was a buck of a totally different class. In fact, the buck had over 100-inches of additional antler, bigger than anything they had taken on the farm before. The buck tended to use the west side of the farm, and Cockburn continued to get pictures of the brute throughout the summer. Then things changed.

As early season approached and Ginormica shed his velvet the giant buck suddenly disappeared. The group of hunters had permission from several neighboring farms and they rotated hunting areas in an effort to cross paths with the buck.

Shotgun season quickly came and went without any news of Ginormica being shot--a huge relief to Cockburn and his hunting group. After the first shotgun season, Cockburn headed to a thicket he had recently found while hunting one of the farms. There was only one tree he could climb, but it was just what Cockburn needed to hunt the secluded thicket that was loaded with big buck sign.

By 2:30 pm Cockburn was settled in his stand. The weather had changed and the temperatures were dropping. Around 4:20 pm Cockburn caught movement as Ginormica crossed a creek knee-deep in water and on a path leading right past Cockburn’s stand.

With the buck already in bow range, there was no time to get nervous. At a mere 18 yards, Cockburn watched as the buck turned broadside, bleated to stop the deer and put the arrow right behind the shoulder. Seventy yards later Ginormica hit the ground.

Ginormica green scored 258 5/8-inches with a massive rack holding 30 scorable points. The base measurements were 7-4/8 and 8-4/8 inches. Incredibly, Ginormica had an astonishing 49 inches of mass measurements! Cockburn’s buck could break into record books after the 60-day drying period in the number four or five spot as the all-time archery deer in the state of Illinois.

For more on this story, visit Realtree.com.

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from SoILLBowhunter wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Mr. Kurutz, I can assure you that this is a wild deer. I know the area, know the guy, know the story. People from neighboring properties have trailcam pictures of the deer as well. I've heard somebody else missed it earlier in the season. I am typically skeptical of huge deer stories as well, but this is the real deal. It is a true giant and 100% wild.

...BTW, nobody said anything about world record, only 4th or 5th in IL.

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from Charles Kurutz Jr. wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Am i the only one that thinks this deer was farm raised on a ranch! lets see what the test say before we start saying world record i hunted alot of ranches and deer like this are not hard to find there was another guy a few years ago that made the same claim and he turned out to be full of crap so time will tell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from Thomas Harbuck wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Peyton you suck, I would have shot him in a game ranch if it were legal... Congrats Mr Cockburn on an amazing kill!!!

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from Michael Bakeman wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

thats gonna look great on the wall..conversation starter

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from Clint Ford wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

wow!That is an awesome buck and A once in a hundred lifetimes hunting experiance. Im glad he got it because if it would have gotten away no one would have ever believed his story.

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from Catpool9 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Awesome Buck!, what mass/ incredible LQQKing animal!

David H.

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from Cody Davis wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

That's a nice buck, I'd get a full body mount if I was u. Congratulations on the deer.

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from Jason Dugan wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

How do you not have a share button......you guys stink!

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from Veronica Ayres wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Nice Buck...Congrats!!!

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from Daron T. Jacobson wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

i counted 16 points? im confused

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from Peyton Buhman wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Notice how he is holding one of the ears back (a deer that escaped a farm that put tags in)

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from Jack Quisenberry III wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Wow nice kill. One os these days ill get one that size

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from Johnny Fernandez wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

nice rack!!!!

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from Johnny Fernandez wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

nice rack!!!!

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

lol thats not a dream buck, this one would give you nightmares if he got away .,congrats MR. COCKBURN, AND THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY

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from JM1993 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

"Ginormica" was a very fitting name.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Wow!! What a buck!

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from JM1993 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

"Ginormica" was a very fitting name.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Wow!! What a buck!

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

lol thats not a dream buck, this one would give you nightmares if he got away .,congrats MR. COCKBURN, AND THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY

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from Johnny Fernandez wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

nice rack!!!!

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from Jack Quisenberry III wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Wow nice kill. One os these days ill get one that size

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from Veronica Ayres wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Nice Buck...Congrats!!!

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from Cody Davis wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

That's a nice buck, I'd get a full body mount if I was u. Congratulations on the deer.

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from Catpool9 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Awesome Buck!, what mass/ incredible LQQKing animal!

David H.

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from Clint Ford wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

wow!That is an awesome buck and A once in a hundred lifetimes hunting experiance. Im glad he got it because if it would have gotten away no one would have ever believed his story.

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from Michael Bakeman wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

thats gonna look great on the wall..conversation starter

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from Johnny Fernandez wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

nice rack!!!!

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from Daron T. Jacobson wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

i counted 16 points? im confused

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from Jason Dugan wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

How do you not have a share button......you guys stink!

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from Thomas Harbuck wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Peyton you suck, I would have shot him in a game ranch if it were legal... Congrats Mr Cockburn on an amazing kill!!!

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from SoILLBowhunter wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Mr. Kurutz, I can assure you that this is a wild deer. I know the area, know the guy, know the story. People from neighboring properties have trailcam pictures of the deer as well. I've heard somebody else missed it earlier in the season. I am typically skeptical of huge deer stories as well, but this is the real deal. It is a true giant and 100% wild.

...BTW, nobody said anything about world record, only 4th or 5th in IL.

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from Charles Kurutz Jr. wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Am i the only one that thinks this deer was farm raised on a ranch! lets see what the test say before we start saying world record i hunted alot of ranches and deer like this are not hard to find there was another guy a few years ago that made the same claim and he turned out to be full of crap so time will tell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from Peyton Buhman wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Notice how he is holding one of the ears back (a deer that escaped a farm that put tags in)

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