On Nov. 21, 1998, second day of the year's first shotgun season in Calhoun County, Illinois, Larry Bair hunted for three hours or so without seeing anything. Then he heard a grunt and spotted movement coming out of thick saplings on the ridge above. The 165-inch 10-pointer had his head down and was moving quickly, which might have been a problem; however, Larry noticed his shotshell wasn't fully chambered, and when he chambered it properly, the buck heard the loud click and stopped. He obviously shouldn't have. The bruiser had a 30-inch neck circumference and field-dressed 180 pounds.