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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

By Chad Zimmerman

Kansas kid excels at reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and rifles! Had my son Alex’s report card been less than exemplary back in December 2009, he would’ve gotten much more sleep on opening morning of the Kansas rifle season. He might’ve faced a home-cooked breakfast. And I might’ve come home from the woods with a gi... READ MORE

Bull Fight at Toobally

Bull Fight at Toobally

By David O’Farrell

Unwilling matadors thankful they weren’t first in the ring. The first morning of Steve Rider’s seven-day moose hunt, we spotted a bull bedded in swamp grass at the north end of the lake. We could see only antler tips rising above the grass, but enough so that we began slowly paddling closer. When our hopes for a better look were dashed ... READ MORE

Deery Detour

Deery Detour

By Mike Handley

A funny thing happened on the way to the doctor... Justin Hogan was wearing a fresh set of duds when he strolled into the doctor’s office two minutes late on Sept. 24, 2010, but they weren’t the clothes he’d donned when he left the house the first time. Rather than show up looking like a man who’d spent the night on the floo... READ MORE

When the Going Gets Tough...

When the Going Gets Tough...

By Jesse Maruschak

Search for uncrowded parking lot puts author across hollow from taxidermy bill. My 2010 season began as a comedy of errors, though I wasn’t laughing. At first light on opening day of Missouri’s archery season, I drilled the biggest buck I’d ever seen. But after 12 hours of trailing in the rain, I reluctantly gave up the search, wh... READ MORE

Hand-Me-Down Bow, Calm-Me-Down Buck

Hand-Me-Down Bow, Calm-Me-Down Buck

By Duncan Dobie

Second-year bowhunter learns what all the fuss is about! Anthony Partington of DeGraff, Ohio, started hunting for squirrels and groundhogs with his grandfather when he was 12 or 13. It wasn’t long before he graduated to hunting big Ohio whitetails with a shotgun and, occasionally, a crossbow. As he grew older and married, family obligations a... READ MORE

Never Doubt Your Gut

Never Doubt Your Gut

By Lisa L. Price

Instinct can be a deer hunter’s greatest asset! Kent Toney’s preseason hunch didn’t make sense to any of his hunting buddies, but they’ll now think twice before dismissing his instincts. Louisiana’s rifle season usually opens on the last Saturday in October. It ends in the middle of January, and that’s when the s... READ MORE

Ohio Bowdom’s Best Typical from 2010

Ohio Bowdom’s Best Typical from 2010

By Rob Meade

Another one of those first-time-to-hunt-a-stand stories … For a number of reasons, this deer should still be alive. Matt Ward and his buddy, Randy Sexton, had hung new stands earlier that day, leaving plenty of human scent in their noisy wakes. And while many hunters would’ve chosen not to return and hunt in them just a few hours later... READ MORE

Making the Best of a Bad Situation

Making the Best of a Bad Situation

By Jill J. Easton

Sometimes bad events bring good results. It happened that way for Jake Landon in 2008 when he shot one of the biggest deer taken in Illinois that season. The dire news came in September, only a month before the archery opener. Jake and his dad found out that the ground they’d hunted for 20 years had been leased by an outfitter. Finding a plac... READ MORE

No Sweet Tooth

No Sweet Tooth

By Lisa L. Price

Even when he was young enough to appreciate a bag full of candy, Dewey Kendrick IV had no qualms about wearing camo instead of a Halloween costume and going to the woods instead of knocking on doors. He was 6 years old the first time he begged his father, Dewey III, to take him hunting when the rest of the kids his age were trick-or-treating. And i... READ MORE

Just When You Think It’s Futile

Just When You Think It’s Futile

By Craig Bell

It was a typical November morning in my taxidermy shop in Waveland, Ind.  Friends were arriving to drain the coffee pot, and I was putting the finishing touches on a deer mount when the telephone rang. I washed the muck off my hands, picked up the receiver and a very excited voice greeted me. “Hello, Ed, how’s your morning?” ... READ MORE

Not a Mirage

Not a Mirage

By Lisa L. Price

If Mark Lueder hadn’t been accompanied by a friend on those summer nights back in 2008, he might’ve convinced himself the drop-tined buck had been a mirage. Because when Indiana’s bow season opened that year, the whitetail vanished like the last Lay’s potato chip. “Me and a hunting buddy, Bobby Simpson, like spotlighti... READ MORE

Murphy’s Law Buck

Murphy’s Law Buck

By Tim Beaumont

Anything that could have gone wrong, went wrong … ALMOST. Jeff Gordon of Montpelier, Ind., would have been satisfied with a beautiful 9-pointer that was roaming the area. But after checking his trail camera in early September 2009, he thought otherwise. “I played back the video and saw a giant on there,” Jeff said. “The buc... READ MORE

When All Things Conspire to Keep a Man Awake

When All Things Conspire to Keep a Man Awake

By Gita M. Smith

The story behind Arkansas’ State Record Typical by rifle. Sean Longnecker wanted to make a few things clear, up front. “I am not a deer hunter, so I usually hunt about an hour a year, and I don’t keep up with anything new,” he said. “I don’t go out and scout for sign, and it doesn’t matter to me what kind o... READ MORE

Woods Less Traveled

Woods Less Traveled

By Jill J. Easton

Testament to the first-time-in-a-stand proverb The 80-acre Jackson family farm in McDonough County, Ill., is a whitetail magnet. It attracts and holds deer because it has the only substantial stand of timber in the area. Fingers of woods run out into the surrounding bean fields, offering cover right next to the groceries. Andy Jackson of Colchest... READ MORE

If Not for the Bark’s Bite

If Not for the Bark’s Bite

By Caley Ediger

Least desirable stand yields most desirable buck! I raced out of school, where I teach physical education, on Nov. 8, 2010, and drove to one of mine and Dad’s old deer hunting places in the sand hills of Harvey County, Kan.  I wanted to take down one of my treestands and re-hang it above some fresh scrapes on more promising ground. The s... READ MORE

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