By Ace Sommerfeld
When it comes to hunting public land, attitude and preparation go a long way. Photo: Andy Treistad missed this buck during a special military base hunt. He returned the next season to finish the job. I heard all the horror stories of hunting public land and felt bad for anyone who had to put up with the perils of such places. The biggest complaint... READ MORE
Bucks In the Hood
By Tom Fegely
You Can Play an Important Role in Controlling Suburban Deer.
If you don’t get down here soon, I’m going to shoot that buck myself,” Bob Walker half-teased in a phone call a couple autumns back. “He comes through here at least once a day, and we have him pretty well patterned. If somebody else doesn’t get him soon he's... READ MORE
Worth the Wait
By Carl Siebers
How a grateful son helped return the gift of hunting to his proud father. Forty-three years ago, I went on my first deer hunt and harvested a fork-horn on opening morning. I discovered the meaning of buck fever, but not from the deer I’d taken. I recall discarding the paper-jacketed 16-gauge pumpkin ball casing. Morning rain had made the... READ MORE
In a Zone
By Steve Bartylla
Break down buck behavior to know where to set up stands.
It was one of the more educating afternoons of my bowhunting career. From a stand on the cornfield, I glassed a buck in his bed on the opposite ridge. With more than two hours before last light, I was pumped. I had no doubt that he would rise and head my way before dark. My only concern was ... READ MORE
By Jeff Kreager
This time it was Dad’s turn to be told where to hunt. The 2006 Ohio archery season started quickly when my son, Cody, was able to arrow a big buck on opening day. Cody was home from college and didn’t have much time to hunt, so I placed him over the trail camera that was getting regular pictures of that deer. I’ve placed Cody in m... READ MORE
An Ounce of Prevention
By Tom Fegely
Muzzleloaders require extra care to prevent mishaps and ensure functionality. In 1975, the second year of Pennsylvania’s winter flintlock season, I was invited to join a commercial outfitter in the Pocono Mountains for a post-Christmas muzzleloader hunt. Two of the participants were New Jersey hunters who, a couple days before, had received f... READ MORE
How To Beat the Lull
By Steve Bartylla
When the hunting gets slow, it might be time to break a few “rules.” On Oct. 23, 2006, Wisconsin hunter Barry Rose hoped to meet up with the buck he’d seen earlier in the season. The 16-point typical monster, with antlers measuring 208 1/8 inches, was well worthy of any hunter’s attention. On the way in to the stand that ove... READ MORE
Scents and Scents-Ibility
By Bob Humphrey
Scent suppression is like a chain: One weak link and the whole system fails. Some studies suggest a whitetail’s sense of smell might be 10,000 times more sensitive than ours. We don’t know for sure, and the number isn’t really important. What is important to deer hunters — especially bowhunters — is doing everything yo... READ MORE
Hiding In Plain Sight
By Tom Fegely
We’ve learned some of our best concealment tricks from the original masters.
My thoughts should have been on deer, but the occasional scratch in the dry leaves below my treestand commanded my attention. After several minutes, a glimpse of movement in the mottled leaves revealed the oval form of a woodcock going about its business of poking i... READ MORE
That’s No Squirrel
By Matt Saunders
Ohio youth hunter gets the job done with a single-shot .410.
My 8-year-old son Luke had been bugging me all summer about getting him a .410 shotgun so he could go hunting with me. I finally caved in and bought him a Rossi single-shot .410 and his apprentice license. I taught him how to be safe with the gun and respect its power, and also to respec... READ MORE
By Steve Bartylla
Sometimes a buck needs a little nudge to put him in the right spot for a shot.
The more I studied the area, the more convinced I became that I’d found the best stand site on the property. Other locations along the creek bottom looked good but were too wide to cover.
This spot was different. Here, the creek bank sliced diagonally from tight ... READ MORE
Fall of the Kessnich King
By John Albert
You know you have a big buck when you shoot the one the taxidermist is after. I have lived in Wisconsin for almost seven years now and have been fortunate to meet some unique and fine people. One of those people is the owner of 751 acres near Bear Valley, where we hunt and practice fine deer management. On Nov. 3, 2004, I was headed to a stand I us... READ MORE
An Early Christmas Gift
By Sandy and Donnie Wigginton
Daughter buys her dad a license for an out-of-state hunt of a lifetime.
I moved to Rogersville, Ala., five years ago from Mississippi. It was difficult to move, because my father and I have always shared a love for the outdoors. It has always been something that enabled us to have time together. For his 2006 Christmas present, my brother Casey, Mo... READ MORE
Better Than Basketball
By Gary Spangler
Chad might have given up sports over the years, but he’s not giving up hunting. Chad Richmond, a hunter from Leesburg, Ohio, is a passionate person. In his youth, Chad’s passion was sports, particularly basketball, and then deer hunting. His wife and children have replaced basketball on the list, but deer hunting is still right there at... READ MORE
By Paul Thein
Childhood memories and tradition kept this hunter returning home for deer season.
Since I was a teenager fresh out of hunter safety class, I’ve been hunting a family farm in Olmsted County, Minn. Our hunting party consists of cousins and close friends, and hunting together is a tradition. Over the years, I have watched many of our party bag ... READ MORE
Catch a Buck Napping
By Jeff Murray
Try these three tricks to beat a buck in his most secure lair. Bedded bucks? You might get a glimpse of a bedded buck’s whereabouts, but the cost is giving away your presence in his little moated castle. Bucks are as elusive as Osama bin Laden when they decide to hole out for the day. And if you believe in telemetry studies, not to mention th... READ MORE
By Bob Stein
It’s hard to say who was happier, the first-time hunter or his dad.
I am 45 years old and have been an avid deer hunter since I was 18. My dad didn’t hunt, so I picked it up on my own. For the first nine years of hunting, I didn’t shoot a deer, let alone a buck. But since then I’ve been on a roll. I’ve had my share of... READ MORE
Only In the Great North Woods
By Chris Lorson
Friends tag monster bucks during annual reunion hunt in Canada. I look forward to my annual hunting vacation to get away from the constant phone calls and headaches of my job in Williamsport, Pa. For a number of years, I made solo trips to Saskatchewan, but now I have friends who go with me. It’s a reunion every year, and it’s always ha... READ MORE
Yesterday Once More
By Denny Crisp
Even after 28 years, the details of taking a giant buck are crystal clear. It started out as a typical hunting day but turned into an event that, even 28 years later, seems like yesterday. On Nov. 11, 1978, deer season started off like any other. The alarm went off around 4 a.m., and I jumped out of bed and put on my blue jeans and red flannel shir... READ MORE
By Joe Blake
The name of the game in successful bowhunting is stealth.
The bitter northwest wind stung my face as I made my way across the pasture, as did the bits of sleet that fell from the slate-gray sky. But I knew that once I reached the trees, I would be offered some protection, so I adjusted my loaded pack and trudged onward across the cold Minnesota la... READ MORE