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Jason Thurman

Age: 27

Home: Farmington, IL

Occupation: Meatcutter

How many days a year do you hunt? Every day I have off work during season. Probably close to 60.

Favorite piece of gear? My Mathews Bow or Browing Gold 10 gauge shotgun. Because when they're in my hands, good things happen!

Gear you splurged on? Goose decoys for sure. You just cant have enough!

Most memorable outing in Illinois? Probably last year when I stalked a 10-point buck, got within 20 yards and put an arrow right through both lungs.

What got you interested in hunting? Family. My grandfather has been hunting deer for years in Fulton County and has harvested a lot of whitetails. Over the years he has taught me a lot about deer hunting and I know I wouldn't have had the success I've had if it weren't for him.

How long have you been hunting? Let's see, from age 5-10 I pretended I was hunting while in the stand with my dad or grandpa. Hey, that counts! I really started bowhunting when I was 10 and harvested my first deer when I was 12 (an 8-pointer with a bow).

Favorite species to hunt? Tie between whitetails and ducks. With deer hunting it's just you out there trying to put yourself in position to take one. You just never know when that big one's gonna walk by your stand. That's what keeps me going back. With duck hunting its more of a camaraderie thing for me. I enjoy sitting in the blind with my buddies, shooting the breeze, calling the birds and working as a team to have success.

What breed hunting dog do you have? Chocolate and Yellow Labrado retrievers; Drake and Missy.

Favorite places to hunt in Illinois? Fulton County by far. It has some of the biggest bucks in the world and also has some of the best waterfowl hunting. It's pretty much a sportsman's paradise.

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