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Who Needs Fanfare?

Who Needs Fanfare?

By Tom Hough

Here’s the buck nobody saw at the Iowa Deer Classic. When I first heard about Jason Chase’s buck, I was ogling several other world-class whitetails being measured behind the curtain at the 2013 Iowa Deer Classic. It seemed inconceivable that another deer of that caliber wasn’t even at the show (that it was hanging inside the Schee... READ MORE

Twice Aloft

Twice Aloft

By Dale Weddle

You’re either a deer hunter or a Soprano if your brother-in-law calls to say he killed Dave, and all you can say is “Woohoo!” It’s a good thing Nathaniel Yoder was sitting down when he viewed the images captured by his trail camera in August 2012. The Kentucky native had strapped the camera to a tree near a new mineral lick ... READ MORE

Term of EnDEERment

Term of EnDEERment

By Rusty Johnson

In a perfect world, we’d all have plenty of time to evaluate antlers. But is there such a place? Alberta deer guide Aaron Franklin will never forget the week he spent trying to make an Oklahoma hunter’s dream come true. The moment Devin Moore told Aaron, “Let’s go find a big ol’ buck,” the pace for the next six d... READ MORE

Trip Wire

Trip Wire

By Ed Waite

If the llama’s looking, you’d better have more than a hammer in hand. After three years of playing cat and mouse with a warhorse of a buck, ’twas Gary Hornbeck who wore the Cheshire grin in 2012. Had it not been for an old wire fence, however, the normally surefooted whitetail might have won the day. At the very least, the deer hu... READ MORE

From the Land of She-Deer …

From the Land of She-Deer …

By Ed Waite

Unlike the monsters under beds and in closets, this Ohio buck is the real deal. When the McGuires go hunting, it’s more like grocery shopping. Ohio might be home to the country’s most prosperous taxidermists, and Mahoning might be one of the few counties even nonresident hunters are able to cite. But the public and neighboring ground th... READ MORE

Blame it on the Corn

Blame it on the Corn

By Mike Handley

If a ‘big tater’ is an astonishingly huge whitetail, is a ‘little tater’ a spike? State wildlife managers have long known that, for hunters, seeing deer is just as important — perhaps more — than tying a tag on one. As long as hunters know the animals are out there, they’re content with spending money for l... READ MORE

‘Bad Day’ a Good Day to be in a Stand

‘Bad Day’ a Good Day to be in a Stand

By Jill J. Easton

This Missouri bowhunter is more accustomed to buying condiments than paying for taxidermy. Bill Testerman of Belton, Mo., considers himself more meat hunter than antler guy. But his affinity for venison aside, that might change now. Okay, so maybe Bill doesn’t see only backstrap when he’s looking at a deer. A buck has always been cause ... READ MORE

Creature from the Green Lagoon

Creature from the Green Lagoon

By Kenny (and Bryce) Fulton

How to cure, or at least forget about, a sore throat. The drive home was surreal. I kept checking and double-checking my rearview mirror to make sure it was still back there. I called my son when I pulled onto Interstate 35 just south of Salina, Kan., and told him the news. “The antlers are sticking up over the tool box,” I said. &ldquo... READ MORE

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path

By Dale Weddle

Why does a buck cross the road? To get shot, of course … which is why it might be best to hunt deep within the woods on one side or the other. The large snowflakes fell silently to earth, brushing Ricky Roy in his deer stand tucked among the limbs of the skinny little tree he’d climbed. Twenty-five feet below, the ground was already wh... READ MORE

Eh, Y’all Check This Out!

Eh, Y’all Check This Out!

By Mike Handley

From Alabama to British Columbia is a long way to go to hug someone who doesn’t want to be hugged. Brett Winford doesn’t make a habit of wrapping his arms around men he barely knows, but he admits he did it — once — in 2007. That was the third and last year the Shelby County, Ala., homebuilder traveled to British Columbia to... READ MORE

Listen to the Locals

Listen to the Locals

By Dale Weddle

The man told them all the big deer were shot during rainy-nasty weather … After waiting an hour at his truck, Wayne Jordan returned to where he’d launched an arrow at the huge drop-tined buck. Everything had happened so quickly, he wasn’t sure if he’d even connected. “I saw the deer wobble a little bit as it ran off,&... READ MORE

Four Shots, One Buck and a Very Dead Phone

Four Shots, One Buck and a Very Dead Phone

By Ed Waite

Jeff Sims killed his cell phone on Nov. 24, 2012, but not before the entire civilized world — or at least much of Franklin County, Ind. — knew what else he’d killed. The deer hunter from West Harrison called and texted so many people, he fried his cell phone’s innards. It took only four shotgun slugs to do the same to the bu... READ MORE

Footlongs for Four

Footlongs for Four

By Dale Weddle

Half of this Kentucky Stud’s Uprights are At Least 12 Inches Long! Setting out and monitoring trail cameras can be almost as satisfying as squeezing a trigger, especially if photographs reveal a world-class buck. Danny Smith of Monticello, Ky., can attest to that. “I started using trail cams about 10 years ago,” he said. “I ... READ MORE

Almost Fooled by a Black Cap and Forks

Almost Fooled by a Black Cap and Forks

By Adam Maucieri

I will never forget Nov. 20, 2011. My hunting season began in early September. Each year, I try to get out for some bowhunting with family and friends, particularly my best friend, Joey, co-owner of Jim Bows Archery in Calgary, Alberta. We usually set up trail cameras to pattern the deer and determine where to place stands prior to the season. Alth... READ MORE

Anticlimactic Defined

Anticlimactic Defined

By Lisa Price

For this Kansan, hunting is far more fun than gathering. To begin with, Don pursued this same Kansas whitetail for three seasons before he arrowed it in 2011. And prior to his sealing the deal, two friends, knowing they’d break his heart if they shot it, let the deer continue on its merry way. On the December afternoon Don got his chance at t... READ MORE

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