Skip to main content

Ginormica: 258 5/8-Inch Illinois Trophy Buck

Ginormica: 258 5/8-Inch Illinois Trophy Buck

The story behind Ginormica - an Illinois trophy buck.

With permission to hunt several family farms in the area, Cockburn and his hunting buddies -- Dad Jim, brother Trent, and friend Jason Hoffard -- the four rotated hunting spots, hoping that Ginormica would eventually make a mistake.
Shotgun season approached and the group sat on pins and needles wondering if the massive brute would make it through with more hunters being afield and thankfully, he did.
On Sunday, November 27th, with temperatures dropping, Cockburn was hunting a travel corridor that he'd discovered earlier. With not a lot of cover available, he set his stand very high and got settled in around 2:30 p.m.
Around 4:20 p.m., Cockburn caught movement out of the corner of his eye to his left, and there was Ginormica, knee deep in a creek, quietly sneaking by!
The buck then stepped out of the creek and crossed Cockburn's stand at 18 yards, who didn't hesitate drawing his Bowtech Allegiance and let loose an Easton Carbon arrow tipped with a G5 broached that found its mark.
The buck ran 70 yards, but Cockburn didn't see it crash. Excited but cautious, he got down from his stand and returned home, ready to wait a bit more until attempting a recovery.
After church with the family, Cockburn and his hunting buddies headed out together, looking for sign. The G5 broached did its job as the blood trail was big enough that eight-year-old Caden had no problem leading the group to Cockburn's buck of a lifetime, which was piled up 70 yards from where he was shot.
Celebrations ensued as neighbors from all around showed up offering congratulations on Ginormica.
"That's when the real fun began," shared Cockburn.
The buck green scored 258 & 5/8 inches and featured 30 scorable points. The base measurements were 7 4/8- and 8 4/8-inches. There were 49 total inches of mass measurements!
The buck is expected to be either the #4 or #5 all-time archery deer in the state of Illinois.
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." Whether the boy got the name from the popular children's movie Monsters vs. Aliens or not, it didn't matter€¦the name was fitting. There were too many points to count and Cockburn knew that this was the buck he'd dream about heading into the season.
"Once he shed his velvet, we never saw him again," shared Cockburn.
Naturally, The buck would become the focus for Cockburn and his hunting buddies as they'd never seen a deer of this size. Over the summer, more and more pictures showed up, but as the early season approached, the buck disappeared.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

For years, one of Publisher Laden Force's favorite hunting programs has been the Outdoor Channel's Live 2 Hunt program with Cody and Kelsy Robbins. Their passion for bowhunting and making new hunting buddies is contagious. Additionally, time and time again the pair has undoubtedly confirmed their position as some of the best deer hunters north of the Canadian border. So, Laden quickly accepted when an invite came from friend Mike Tussey of NOMAD Hunting Apparel to test new deer gear on a summer bear hunt with Cody and Kelsy's L2H Outfitting. Join him as he travels to north central Saskatchewan to put new NOMAD, the brand new Bowtech Carbon One and his sense of adventure to the test.
Destination Videos

Live 2 Bowhunt

Opening day is just around the corner, but there is still work to be done! The Forces complete the final prep steps, getting their hunting sites ready for easy access.

Opening Day Prep

The Forces complete the final investment, one that's not so “instant”, by planting new fruit/mast trees. 

Investing in the Future

Baseball transitions to football, which means it's time to get oats, clover & chicory in the ground.  

Cool Season Food Plot

Laden teaches the boys the importance of keeping your property clean to make final adjustments easier and less time consuming.

Property Management

The new hunting blinds have arrived, but the Forces get busy because the blinds aren't going to assemble and strategically place themselves.

Blind Placement Strategy

It's time for weed patrol! Laden ventures out to high cut the perineal plots, weedeat the electric fences and spot spray his clover. 

Plot Maintenance

Laden and the boys plan the off-season “to do's” and prep their equipment needed to execute each exercise. 

The Plan

Laden and his boys work through a timber management plan, letting Dad safely remove a few unwanted trees, opening up a canopy to help with understory native forage growth.

Timberstand Improvements

North American Whitetail Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the North American Whitetail App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top North American Whitetail stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All North American Whitetail subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now