I also noted in previous reports that firearms seasons are opening across the region, and gun toters always take some of the best bucks of the year, thanks to the extended range at which they can shoot. One prime case in point is the fantastic buck pictured above, tagged during the second weekend of Minnesota's firearms hunt. While details on this mega giant are scant at this point, I'll provide them as soon as I learn the facts. Suffice it to say, I expect to see more photos of great deer in the days and weeks ahead. Two huge whitetail states in the area—Wisconsin and Illinois—are poised to open their annual firearms hunt this weekend, and every year that event seems to rewrite the record books a bit. If hunters can brave the elements and get close to food, chances at a buck skyrocket. Send us your photos when you get them, please!