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Walter Gets His Groove Back

Walter Gets His Groove Back

By Ed Waite

Walter Mitchell almost quit hunting last year. The bowhunter from New Madison, Ohio, was so upset over losing a buck, he spent half of November and nearly all of December feeling sorry for himself. Seven yards should’ve been easy-breezy, but the arrow clipped an unseen limb and veered off course, piercing the deer’s paunch and burying i... READ MORE

The Biggest Thing in the World

The Biggest Thing in the World

By Mike Handley

A wide-eyed Shane Ragon clapped a hand to his open mouth like he was trying to swallow a cuss word in the presence of a preacher. The 40-year-old bowhunter from Calhoun City, Miss., didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, to shout hallelujah or utter something less suitable for a tent revival. What he did know was that every time he tried to wal... READ MORE

Venison with a Side of Crow

Venison with a Side of Crow

By Mike Handley

When Danny Culpepper sent his son, Fletcher, a text message on Oct. 22, 2012, asking if he could carry some material in to camouflage his ladder stand, he had no idea Fletcher was sitting in the stand and had just shot a deer from it. He knew only that his 27-year-old son was hunting the 55 acres, which is why he thought to ask before driving back ... READ MORE

Making the Grade

Making the Grade

By Rusty Johnson

The taxidermy tag on this set of antlers read “MINE.” Try telling Ryan Odenbrett that life is fair. He wanted to go bowhunting on the cool gray afternoon of Oct. 20. He knew exactly which stand to visit, too. But the conflicted sophomore at Southern Missouri really needed every available hour to study for a biology test. Or did he? His ... READ MORE

Blessing in Disguise

Blessing in Disguise

By Rob Meade

Misjudging distance might’ve cost this Ohio man a 10-pointer, but the consolation prize wore a drop tine. Eager to learn more about the property he’d bought in December 2009, Tony Amyx spent a lot of time scouting it the following spring and summer. He also collected numerous trail camera photographs of the deer there, including a fabul... READ MORE

Rabbits, Ribbing and Other People’s Bucks

Rabbits, Ribbing and Other People’s Bucks

By Ed Waite

When Eric Williams and his wife, Angela, grew weary of living in a cramped suburb near Cincinnati, Ohio, they began searching for a place where Eric and their three sons could play outdoors. In May 2010, they bought a house on 17 acres in Warren County. You’d think Eric would’ve spent every spare moment in a deer stand the next fall, bu... READ MORE

Life’s Good in Dellwood

Life’s Good in Dellwood

By Mike Handley

Top of Florida’s Semi-Irregular list. Brandon Alday’s 4-year-old son, Hayes, nearly choked him when the yelling commenced. The boy was getting a free ride on his father’s shoulders when Brandon’s flashlight beam fell across the buck he was convinced he’d either missed or maimed. “I started screaming like a little... READ MORE

Why Leonard was Late for Church

Why Leonard was Late for Church

By Ed Waite

Hunters on both sides of the Red River were gunning for this driftwood-wearing buck. This story is not about Leonard Ernst, but it might explain why he almost skipped Sunday morning services last Nov. 7. It most definitely accounts for the bare pew in Andy Anderson’s church. Andy didn’t intend to play hooky that day, but he had his hand... READ MORE

Down to the Wire

Down to the Wire

By Mike Handley

Two bullets, two years and two MONSTROUS bucks! Folks who fill their single buck tags on opening day might not complain, but, if they’re honest about it, they’d rather be in a stand than spend the remainder of deer season moping around the house or hunting vicariously with whispering television hunters. Tracy Atchison doesn’t have... READ MORE

Bullion Buck

Bullion Buck

By Mike Handley

Fort Knox Holds More Than Just Guns and Gold! Justin Corn hunts like there’s no tomorrow. The 24-year-old knows all about uncertainties. He joined the army after graduating high school in Clanton, Ala.  He was in Iraq from 2007 through 2009, and he spent five months in Afghanistan last year before winding up at Fort Knox near Elizabethto... READ MORE

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

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