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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

.44 Mag as Dream Catcher

.44 Mag as Dream Catcher

By Ed Waite

Does giveth, and they taketh away. Don Barbour of Mishawaka, Ind., is all too familiar with this bowhunter’s proverb. On the last afternoon of Indiana’s early archery season in 2010, he jumped a buck and a doe while walking to his stand. They’d been bedded in some tall grass before barreling through a briar patch and disappearing ... READ MORE

From ‘Gar Hole’ to Golden Laurel

From ‘Gar Hole’ to Golden Laurel

By Chris Brazzell

The story behind bowhunting’s No. 2 Perfect. Leaving my early-November playground in Nebraska wasn't easy, but I'd agreed to join my pastor, Shane Warren, and his friend, Ken Roark, in Ohio. So after six days of bowhunting the Cornhusker State, I boarded a plane in Lincoln and flew to Columbus. Soon after arriving, I discovered I'd be hunting... READ MORE

Okie Bass Pro Adds State Record to Resume

Okie Bass Pro Adds State Record to Resume

By Mike Handley

Bo knows bows, as well as baitcasters! When Bo Middleton’s grand-father, the late Floyd “Cooney” Sanders, told him he’d seen a great big buck while looking out his kitchen window, Bo humored him. But the more the 28-year-old thought about it, he couldn’t dismiss the possibility. “He was getting on (in years), an... READ MORE

Ruination of a Young Hunter

Ruination of a Young Hunter

By Steve Scudder

Humility Isn’t a Trait Often Seen in 11-Year-Olds. My son, Tristan, has hunted with me since he was 6 years old. He started out in the fall of 2006 and harvested his first deer, a button buck, during our Indiana muzzleloader season. That pretty much hooked him for life. I introduced him to bowhunting three years later, and he took his first ... READ MORE

Why There Are No Instant Replays

Why There Are No Instant Replays

By Lisa Price

Photo: More than 41 inches of this Ohio buck’s impressive tally are between the burrs and the mirrored brow tines. Tyler’s dad, Steve (left), will be the taxidermist behind a full-body mount. A missed opportunity at a big buck can sometimes be a good thing. Just ask 18-year-old Tyler Bashlor. Tyler is attending South Georgia College, wh... READ MORE

Bowled Over in Kansas City

Bowled Over in Kansas City

By Mike Handley

Photo: Mike Walters’ public-land Missouri buck is a tremendous mainframe 4x6 with 10 small extras. Even without the junk, the rack would’ve had a composite (true gross) score of nearly 184 inches. With them, it registers 208 5/8. But Mike was smiling long before he knew the numbers! Watching deer graze near the runways of the Kansas Cit... READ MORE

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