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A near-white rack Buck of the Week: Really worth the effort

Mike Nelson finally got the big buck with a near-white rack during Illinois’s first firearm season.

“We had all seen this 280-pound buck a few times, but never close enough to arrow,’’ Mike Carlson emailed.

They were hunting in a favorite area in Jo Daviess County.

BOTW, the celebration of good deer stories and big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).