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Success in the Sauna

Success in the Sauna

By Mike Handley

Who wants to hunt deer when it’s 94 degrees in the shade? If you’re going to spend an afternoon in a deer stand when the mercury is pushing 100 degrees, you’d better keep the wind in your sweaty face. Bowhunter Jody Slingo knows this. Even though he could pinpoint — almost to the blade of grass —where an incredible buc... READ MORE

Rethinking the Hold-low Rule

Rethinking the Hold-low Rule

By Ed Waite

Do today’s whisper-quiet bows and lightning-fast arrows render this bowhunting tenet obsolete? If Ryan Stolz hadn’t anticipated his buck’s ducking the string, a phrase that’s rightfully falling out of favor with the (compound) bowhunters who coined it, he might’ve had his mount a whole lot sooner. And he might’ve... READ MORE

Goddess of Urrpp

Goddess of Urrpp

By Mike Handley

The cow that wasn’t responded to the grunt that wasn’t. Fifteen-year-old Wayne Navarro and his sister, Brooke, three years his junior, have grown accustomed to their mother’s noises. She does it in the kitchen, in the car, and on the living room sofa. If the urge comes, she tucks her chin and urrpps. And if she doesn’t like ... READ MORE

No Interpreter Needed

No Interpreter Needed

By Mike Handley

Whenever a doe becomes a bobble-head and closes sesame, you’d better be ready to shoot. When Jason Erb saw the bobble-headed doe tuck her tail and move off, he suspected the gesture wasn’t aimed at him or her two yearlings. It was Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, too early in the year for her to shoo away her fawns and become a hussy, but not too ... READ MORE

Hello, Stranger!

Hello, Stranger!

By Rusty Johnson & Mike Handley

Okie sends son off to shoot the ‘big one,’ and comes home with a giant of his own. For all he knew, when Brooks Malone put on his orange cap and struck out with his rifle on Nov. 17, 2012, he might’ve been walking into a place as barren as the local high school’s football field. He’d given his visiting son, Tucker, dib... READ MORE

Take Two

Take Two

By Rob Meade

Deer hunters almost never get a second chance at a world-class buck. Here’s why we say ALMOST. Stoked by trail cam photographs of an enormous buck he’d pulled in early October, Lear McCoy spent a lot of time aloft in 2012, hoping to put his sight pin on the whitetail with sweeping main beams, gnarly bases and backward kicker. In Novembe... READ MORE

Roving Whitetail Chooses Wrong Zip Code

Roving Whitetail Chooses Wrong Zip Code

By Ed Waite

Late-season bowhunt ends with a world record and a good cry. Long after most of Ohio’s deer hunters had either tagged out or quit because of the bone-chilling cold, 33-year-old Jim Cogar of Powell was still climbing into stands, hoping to see the rambling buck he’d been after since October. It was almost as if he couldn’t live wit... READ MORE

For Mississippians, Pike Still Peaking

For Mississippians, Pike Still Peaking

By Jill J. Easton

If your heart’s set on steak, would you go to a fast-food drive-through? Finding a good place to hunt trophy whitetails can be difficult. For Matt Moore and his dad, Jimmy, the search for the perfect property spanned years. They traveled to several states and tried many outfitters without much success. But that was before they happened upon S... READ MORE

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

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