It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over
By Mike Handley
What’s the worst that could happen if you stay for the duration?
Nothing is more discomfiting to a deer hunter than the ill-timed squeak, ping or pop of a metal stand. Regardless of volume, the noise is as unwelcome and annoying as the chirping of a cell phone in a movie theater.
When some invisible joint on Tracy Butler’s 15-foot-hig... READ MORE
You’d Move to Kansas, Too
By Duncan Dobie
The first sighting of the buck that would come to be known as “Sneaky Pete” occurred during the 2008 hunting season, while Mark and Lacy Shomaker were scouting a piece of land they intended to lease the following year. While looking around, the landowner spotted a huge buck standing beside a main road in a CRP field. He rushed Lacy and ... READ MORE
By Mike Handley
That’s how much time elapsed from the moment Ryan Cox settled into his stand until he wanted to jump out of it. Neither nature’s call nor a need for fuel caused Ryan Cox to suddenly veer off the highway and pull into the nearest gas station on Oct. 16. The 18-year-old from Eagleville, Mo., was on his way back to Columbia from St. Louis,... READ MORE
Not All Holes Bleed
By Lisa L. Price
Tim Brawner hated to tell his buddies he’d missed “Big Mo.” Everyone had been obsessing over the deer since Tim’s father-in-law, Ronald Harrison, had seen and raved about it to anyone who would listen. Tim knew there would be no end to the ribbing dished out at camp, which was brimming with hunters who had been counting the ... READ MORE
Not the 7x7 He Wanted
By Troy Henderson
The temperature plummeted the night before the opener, however, and the wind was roaring. Figuring the neighborhood deer would remain in heavy cover and that walking would be warmer than sitting, I changed plans and decided to stalk the brushy draws and edges. Soon after parking my truck, I headed into the first east-west tree line and turned north... READ MORE
Sharing the Moment
By Ed Waite
Buck's path dictated which brother would smoke Ohio giant.
Throughout Ohio's 2009 archery season, Scott Doles made the 35-plus-mile trip to the family farm at least three times a week. He could hunt his place, the neighboring tract owned by the father of his best friend, Ryan, and a third piece of ground — totaling about 600 acres. Two-third... READ MORE
Weather Unfit for Ducks
By Mike Handley
Four days into his Thanksgiving-week vacation, Steve Lewis walked out of his house and winced at the warm breeze, which held the promise of rain. Ignoring Doc’s incessant barking, he went back inside and decided to give the ducks at Corney Lake a break — not that they’d notice, since they’d apparently found someplace other t... READ MORE
Fire and Rain
By Brad Dunlop
Kansas' blackpowder season might've kicked off Sept. 21, but only diehard hunters ventured out with their muzzleloaders. It definitely wasn't a day for those worried about keeping their powder dry.
There was lightning, hail and, at times, torrential downpours, but I couldn't bear the thought of staying indoors on one of the five days I might be ab... READ MORE
Follow the Sentinel
By Jill J. Easton
Whether he or a client is carrying the bow or gun, Remi Warren is obsessed with hunting. He leads a life most of us would envy, if we had the stamina. The 24-year-old from Conner, Mont., spends two months a year searching out and taking trophy animals in Montana’s Bitterroot River basin during both archery and firearms seasons. And when he's ... READ MORE
Kleenexes in Kansas?
By Duane Viet
I first became obsessed with this buck three days before my weeklong 2009 hunt in Kansas was going to end. I had seen several small bucks and a couple of nicer ones to that point, but none close enough for a bow shot. I had set up a stand at that spot early in the week and left it alone for a day and a half to allow any scent to dissipate.
It was ... READ MORE
So Bad He Could Taste It
By Mike Handley
“Jake, wait,” Greg Fredericks told the 7-year-old who was about to shoot his first deer. “There’s something else coming.” Telling the boy not to shoot was akin to stopping a ravenous person from biting into a double cheeseburger already in his mouth. Jake Snider could taste it. Patience was not the kid’s strong ... READ MORE
When Stars Align
By Bruce Lane
Rather than striking out for my deer stand in the pouring rain on Oct. 31, I crawled back under the covers. The storm was supposed to move out by noon, which meant I could still spend half my Saturday in a tree.
I’d hung my stand several months earlier, after spotting a huge whitetail bedded on a brushy hillside. The buck’s travel rout... READ MORE
Spot & Stalk
By Ed Waite
Colt Rector of Leesville, La., had been making the long drive to bowhunt in Illinois for about eight years. During those visits, he befriended several landowners in Edwards County and gained permission to hunt their holdings. In 2009, the 27-year-old asked his girlfriend, Hope Thompson, to go with him. They set aside two weeks, beginning on Nov. 1,... READ MORE
He Who Walks Behind the Rows
By Tony Seals
In Nov. 5, 2009, Ohio archer Rod Stumbo stalked his way into the BTR record book by successfully putting the sneak on a giant irregular whitetail. Call it what you will, fate or divine intervention, but after making the 10-mile drive to his hunting area for a short afternoon hunt, Rod was disappointed when he realized the wind had changed and would... READ MORE
To Live and Breathe Big Bucks
By Trent Schneider
The 2009 season was my second back in the saddle following an eight-year hiatus from bowhunting. Not only was I eager to make up for lost time, but I was also determined to take my game to the next level. My biggest priority was to acquire hunting rights to more property with world-class whitetail potential.
One of the hotspots I had in mind belon... READ MORE