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Hunting Illinois Trophy Bucks Whitetail

Ginormica: 258 5/8-inch Prairie State Trophy

November 30th, 2011 19

The story behind the Travis Cockburn buck, a 258 5/8-inch trophy name Ginormica that could be the #4 or #5 Illinois archery buck.

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When a summer picture showing mangled mass splayed about in all directions appeared on one of Travis Cockburn's trail cameras in the area he hunts in southern Illinois, his eight-year-old son took one look at the trophy deer and appropriately named it "Ginormica."

 

 

  • JGB

    So let me guess, since they still have not dressed the buck out they will simply throw away the meat and keep the horns. For that meat to be any good the scent glands should have been removed as soon as they found it down if they intend to eat what they kill. If they don't plan to eat it they should have been satisfied with the pictures. Not good hunting ethics in my opinion.

    • TMW

      Congratulations on a fantastic trophy, Travis. JGB you sound as if you are jealous or envious of this hunter. I assume you would not have been proud of such a fantastic trophy. By the way how do you remove the scent glands when you are field dressing a deer? Get a life and stop being so critical !!!!

    • TBR

      JGB, you need to chill out a little and not rain on someone's parade. If you can tell me how many hunters remove the scent glands you might as well quite your day job because in my experience it just doesn't happen.

      Travis, congratulations on a very nice deer and very nice story with a great ending!

    • Va Hunter 1966

      Thats not true Scent gland do not have to be removed immediately

    • Dave

      You don't need to cut off the scent glands right away! That's nonsense! The meat is not going to spoil because of that. And how do you know how much time elapsed since the deer actually died to this picture being taken?

  • Jason

    I don't if the scent glands affect the meat or not but it does appear that the deer hasn't been field dressed. Even in the pics in his garage. Why wouldn't you field dress the deer?

  • Bill

    How much did the deer wiegh? Did they field dess it? I understand the antler fascination, but how big was it? I've NEVER removed scent glands from any deer? I do dress them out & then weigh them !! Can't believe he went to church before he found it, the woods are my church !!!

    • James Bratcher

      Amen Bill!!!

    • john

      I think it is great that he put God and attending church with his family, first ahead of looking for his trophy.

  • James Bratcher

    I have never removed the scent glands when field dressing, and I have killed 2or 300 deer in my life time??? They dont recomend doing that especially with the same knife that you field dress it with, also if it was an archery kill in say Oct or even Nov. it was hot about all those 2 months, it would have in my opinion , needed to be at the processing st
    ation with in 3 to 4 hours unless it was iced down, or the meat wouldnt have been any good anyway, and if it wasnt found before that time it would be bad in my opinion, beautifull buck friend, congrats, best one that I have got was a 12 pointer that scored 139, just 1 point shy of the In. books!!

  • bdozier

    Enormous deer headset. Congratulations. Just wondering if it was field dressed, hoping that the deer of a lifetime was not wasted.

  • James Bratcher

    I have never removed the scent glands when field dressing, and I have killed 2or 300 deer in my life time??? They dont recomend doing that especially with the same knife that you field dress it with, also if it was an archery kill in say Oct or even Nov. it was hot about all those 2 months, it would have in my opinion , needed to be at the processing st

  • James Bratcher

    I just looked at all the pictures and it amazes me that anyone could leave a shot deer of any size and go somewhere else fo at least 2 to 3 hours, and with this being such a trophy, I would have been afraid of someone else finding it???Sorry, but this makes me very suspicous, there is no way this old man could set in church or any place else with such a trophy waiting for me????

  • MOhunter

    Congrats Travis, that mount will make you smile every time you walk by it.

  • Steve

    Yeah I don't understand the reasoning behind waiting all night and the next morning until tracking this deer…I just don't understand it. If he knew he made a good hit, let the area chill out, then go follow the blood trail an hour or two later. Congratulations are certainly in order, so well done indeed, but the chances are really good of that meat not being good anymore because it does not look like it's that cold at all in those photos and it hasn't been gutted yet. It's just plain unfortunate whenever a majestic animal like this is cleanly and humanely harvest and the meat goes to waste.

  • Mike

    In archery if you are not 100% sure about your shot you need to let the deer have time to bleed out. Pushing the deer too early will just result in a lost deer. If the weather is cool enough the meat will be just fine when left overnight.

  • Chris

    I have hunted deer for over 25 years. I have never removed scent glands. Meat always tasted fine. At 18 years of age, killed my first deer at 9:30am. Field dressed it, drove all over two counties showing it off. Left it hanging in my Dad's garage overnight at 50-55 degrees because I did not know where to take it to have it processed. Meat was still good. Nice trophy Travis!

  • mark murphy

    Scent glands are an EXTERNAL pheromone. No relationship between meat and external glands. Be jealous if you may but at least check your facts. Trophy hunter and animal science degreed. I know my facts. Please dont post if you are an uneducated ahole with an envy factor.

  • RANDY GRIFFIN

    WOW WOW CONGRATULATION I ALWAY WANT SO BAD NONE TYPCIAL..SOMEDAY I'LL GET BIG TROPHY MYSELF…

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