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King of Paparazzi

King of Paparazzi

By Ed Waite

To J.T. Kreager, almost every buck has a familiar face. Calling J.T. Kreager lucky within earshot of anyone who knows him would be like waking to discover you’ve inadvertently Tweeted photographs of your underwear to Oprah. You’re going to be left red-faced. Yes, the Ohio bowhunter was in the right place at the right time to put an ar... READ MORE

Mother Knows Best

Mother Knows Best

By Mike Handley

A bird’s-eye view isn’t necessary to pay a taxidermist Prior to last November, Chris Denniston had little use for and practically no confidence in pop-up blinds. Satisfied with climbing stands, the 33-year-old construction shop foreman and raiser of beagles would’ve never bought one of the tent-like contraptions for himself. But w... READ MORE

True Grit

True Grit

By Mike Handley

Lesser men would’ve taken a road more easily traveled. Central New York had its whitest December on record in 2010. Even before Dec. 21, the first official day of winter, six feet of snow had fallen, and lots more came those last 10 days, the worst following Christmas. Prior to the Boxing Day blizzard that shut down much of the entire North... READ MORE

It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over

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

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

Twenty-Four Minutes

Twenty-Four Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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