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Unencumbered by Experience

Unencumbered by Experience

By Mike Handley

A little girl’s intuition puts her on the other side of the crosshairs from her first buck. Brandon Hazel of Anthony, Kansas, knows when to say yes and close his mouth. While most dads would’ve listened to the voices in their own heads rather than the words of their 8-year-old kid, he allowed his daughter Joscelyn to choose where they s... READ MORE

Irony Tastes Like Venison

Irony Tastes Like Venison

By Mike Handley

Just when any old buck (or doe) would’ve sufficed, along comes a deer with a headdress of tines ... Because of a foreboding weather forecast, heightened by bad luck at the onset of his planned weeklong hunt, Gary Fears headed afield on Nov. 24 with the resignation of shooting the first decent buck dumb enough to wander into his crosshairs. No... READ MORE

Clicking Heels

Clicking Heels

By Greg Hicks

Forget Yellow Bricks. The Road Out of Oz is Paved With Palmettos and Often Under Water. There’s no place like home.” Dorothy said it in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939. Louisiana’s Ricky Caldwell spoke those same words on the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in 2012. Ricky was born and raised not far from what would ev... READ MORE

Mirage and Mayhem

Mirage and Mayhem

By Ed Waite

Lorain County rood-wad buck is No. 16 in a class filled with 200-inchers! It was as if the ground opened up and swallowed Kevin Fitch’s buck. One minute, it was on the receiving end of a shotgun slug (he hoped). The next, it was gone. Not fall-down-dead gone. Not running-with-the-wind-and-leaving-a-blood-trail gone. Just gone, leaving the hun... READ MORE

Shifting Priorities

Shifting Priorities

By Jill J. Easton

Iowa hunter glad he hesitated to collect freezer meat. Deer hunting has always been more of a social affair for Randy Cantonwine and his landowner pals, who relish the camaraderie of hunting as a group. They hunt as a team, together but separately. Walkers slip through the timber to push the deer, while standers wait at strategic locations to inter... READ MORE

Peepless in Kansas

Peepless in Kansas

By Trevor Lumadue

The perfect hit doesn’t always leave the perfect trail. I returned from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kan., two years ago, just in time to buy a deer tag and jump into the second week of the 2009 archery season. I didn’t want to bumble into other guys’ well established honey holes, but I had no idea where to start. This meant I would be str... READ MORE

Daddy Sang Tenor

Daddy Sang Tenor

By Mike Handley

This Kentucky Hunter Discovers His Own So-You-Can-Rest Medicine. Michael Rothman knows cold. So convinced that, no matter how early his arrival, he was spooking deer out of a cornfield en route to his shooting house, the deer hunter from Bonnieville, Ky., decided to just spend the night in the box blind. It wasn’t as if there were a Scotty, a... READ MORE

The 13th Stand

The 13th Stand

By Marilyn Weber

With a half-hour of daylight remaining on the first Sunday in October 2008, Missouri archer Jim Shatto was about to draw on a 150-class whitetail. “As I readied my bow, the buck jerked up its head and stood perfectly still, staring into the bean field to its right,” Jim recalled. “I followed its gaze, and that’s when I spott... READ MORE

Twice Nocked on the Third Knock

Twice Nocked on the Third Knock

By Mike Handley

Opportunity knocked three times in one evening before this Iowa bowhunter was able to put two arrows through one of 2008’s finest bucks. It took a couple of nocks, literally, but Steve Binkley of Lamoni, Iowa, received his Halloween treat four days early in 2008. Even after Steve’s first arrow drove home, the buck he shot on Oct. 27 too... READ MORE

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

By Josh Root

Stolen equipment ruined his first spot, a turkey hunter his second … or so he thought! The 2009 Kansas deer season held a lot of promise. My trail cameras revealed a parade of exceptional bucks, and deer sign was everywhere! But a week before the opener, just when I could set my watch by the activity, all the deer disappeared. To make matter... READ MORE

The State Record that Never Was (Officially)

The State Record that Never Was (Officially)

By Mike Handley

Fourteen years before the late David Melton shot the buck now recognized by Buckmasters and “Alabama Whitetail Records” as the largest deer ever felled in the Cotton State, a man from downriver in Belmont shot what would’ve been a state record — the one to beat — if records had been kept in 1942. Many people believe th... READ MORE

Hunt Hungry

Hunt Hungry

By Mike Handley

While many hunters were out of the woods, stoking their own furnaces, Jerry Fitzgerald kept to his front-row seat at the whitetail matinee. It was straight-up 1:00 when Jerry Fitzgerald happened to glance into the alfalfa field — the last place most hunters would look during the middle of the day — to see a doe and a shooter buck step o... READ MORE

What Shortcoming?

What Shortcoming?

By Mike Handley

Half-Buck has what it takes to shake up the records, as well as the man who tagged it! Mike McKinney doesn’t care if the buck he arrowed back in 2008 might’ve grunted in a higher pitch — eeerping instead of uuurping — or that it might’ve been only “half” interested in making scrapes and chasing does. Becaus... READ MORE

NUMBER 14

NUMBER 14

By Ed Waite

Ohio hunter derails deer train’s caboose. Donita Elder knows that blowing out candles takes a backseat to hunting. Her birthday falls on Oct. 30, when bucks are chasing does in Perry County, Ohio. She spent last year’s getting a makeover, a gift from her family, while hubby and the kids took to the woods. Daniel “DJ” Elder t... READ MORE

Rip Van Winkle Shoots Modern Day Legend

Rip Van Winkle Shoots Modern Day Legend

By Ed Waite

Thirty-six-year-old Brian Peters drives a dump truck for a living, hauling asphalt out of a plant in Byesville, Ohio. During the summer, he works long hours, usually seven-day weeks. There is little time for anything beyond work until the weather turns cold and most highway paving stops, and then he gets behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer and ha... READ MORE

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