Hardcore whitetail addicts like Spann share several common characteristics. Success for these hunters usually boils down to a lot of time scouting, taking advantage of every opportunity, perseverance, and the ability to adjust or modify their individual hunting strategies to meet any challenge. It's these characteristics that have enabled Spann to fill a trophy room full of extraordinary whitetails. For example, a few weeks ago, Spann found himself in the rolling hill country of southern Illinois chasing a particular buck he had passed on the year before. During the early summer months, he decided to create a small opening along a tree-line in the middle of a thicket that bordered an agricultural field. A combination of late-summer scouting and trail-cam surveillance allowed the hunter to establish a predictable pattern.