I arrived at Campbell Illinois Whitetails around 10:15 a.m. and the place was buzzing with hunters and staff gearing everything up. We lottery drew for stands and we drew Keck Hill stand.

Campbell Outdoor Challenge

Campbell Outdoor Challenge

We had the opportunity to go to our stands to get acclimated for the morning hunt. Out stands, an Ol Man ladder stand and a lock-on, are on two trees side by side, with Marti being on the left side of me and above me. We were kind of skeptical about the set up since I am a right handed shooter-but we are going to give it a test run tomorrow to see how it works out on camera.

The area we are hunting is right on the edge of a soybean field with a ridge running parallel to the field. The stand is positioned between this ridge and the soybean field. There are a couple really wide trails coming off of the ridge, through the staging area and onto the field.

Out stand set up

Out stand set up

The Soybean Field

The Soybean Field

Wow!! What a trail leading and trailing right below our stand.

Wow!! What a trail leading and trailing right below our stand.

It is a beautiful place and we even have a huge old tree off to the right of the stand that is enormous; sadly it is on its downward spiral and dying. The picture does not do the tree justice–it would take 4-5 people to get their arms around it.

Coolest enormous old tree.

Coolest enormous old tree.

Marti had the opportunity to put up the camera arm and to do some final adjustments to it.

Marti setting up the camera arm

Marti setting up the camera arm

Marti making final adjustments to the camera arm

Marti making final adjustments to the camera arm

We were able to go back out right before sunset to glass our hunting area for deer movement. We saw about 12-13 does and two bucks. One buck was just to his ears and the other was much larger. We were glassing them from about 600 yards so getting an accurate guess is tough at that distance. But with the naked eye you could see the larger bucks rack.

We came back to the bunk house to a prime rib dinner, baked potato, salad and peach cobbler or strawberry shortcake. We also had an orientation and rules meeting. All ten teams had the opportunity to introduce themselves.

Prime Rib Dinner

Prime Rib Dinner

Everyone departed for the showers and their rooms…some took a minute to check in with their loved ones like Todd Sharp from Kentucky checking in with his wife LeeAnn via computer.

Todd checking in with LeeAnn

Todd checking in with LeeAnn

Well, the day will start early tomorrow as I have the alarm set for 4:30 a.m. Tomorrow we will get the opportunity to stand on this stage and tell you how our day unfolded….stay tuned….and wish us luck!!

The Stage

The Stage

© Nancy Jo Adams 2009

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