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Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

By Mike Handley

Oklahoman’s 2017 brute wears twice as many inches as the man’s previous best whitetail. When Steven Everett purchased 130 acres in Logan County, Oklahoma, in 2015, the previous landowner told him the property held some big bucks. Deer season had already started, so Steven didn’t have a lot of time to scout or erect stands. But he ... READ MORE

Georgia Buck Gets Its Due

Georgia Buck Gets Its Due

By Lisa Price

The hypothetical becomes a reality, thanks to a deer hunter’s last will and testament. Cooper’s Creek Wildlife Management Area is one of Georgia’s largest, spanning about 30,000 acres. Nestled in the northeast, it’s part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. One of the local towns is Dahlonega, where many scenes from ... READ MORE

Lesser Stand

Lesser Stand

By Mike Handley

A low-percentage stand in a wobbly tree puts bowhunter in the right place at the right time. When Jeremy Way found both sheds off the buck he’d been hunting for two years, he was thrilled to learn it had survived the 2014 season. But when the 32-year-old hunter didn’t see the whitetail during the fall and winter of 2015, he was sure som... READ MORE

And the Winner Is...

And the Winner Is...

By Mike Handley

Counting points is a lot more fun than tallying votes. Although voting in Kansas and much of the country was four hours from closing on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Dustin Norris was dying to know what exit polls were predicting. He wanted to see the map. The redder the better, to his way of thinking. The 35-year-old, laid-off welder was eager to see who was g... READ MORE

Pennsylvania Crossbow Record

Pennsylvania Crossbow Record

By Eric Carns

One hunter’s loss leads to another’s gain. One gets the photos; the other gets the buck. My story begins weeks before Pennsylvania’s 2016 archery season even started, when my brother-in-law sent me pictures of a massive buck in velvet. One of my parents’ neighbors, a kid, was sharing trail camera photographs with him. Little... READ MORE

Piano Man

Piano Man

By Mike Handley

This Richland Parish bruiser, or at least its buddy, couldn’t resist the tickling of ivories. The rattling bag Geoffrey Henry bought just prior to the Oct. 1, 2017, bow opener was worth every penny. The deer hunter from Start, Louisiana, picked it up at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop, after a couple of buddies in the store’s a... READ MORE

No Joke

No Joke

By Mike Handley

Arkansas naysayer has a little crow to go along with his venison. When Chris Cypert saw the 2016 trail camera photograph of a buck with an extra beam, reportedly within 30 miles of his home in Searcy, Arkansas, he refused to take it seriously. He’d seen plenty of big buck photographs passed around from phone to phone, shared on Facebook, and ... READ MORE

WMA Monster

WMA Monster

By Mike Handley

Breaking a sweat to escape well beaten paths puts this Oklahoman in the record books. Grunting at noises helped. One of the finest whitetails to fall in Oklahoma in 2016 came off land open to all. Ross Fenley, a 26-year-old mechanical engineer for International Paper Co., shot it while hunting with friends at the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Ar... READ MORE

Dos Desparos

Dos Desparos

By Mike Handley

State-record buck offers plenty of incentive to aim high, the second time. David Lecuyer doesn’t always take 280-yard shots at deer. But when he does, he shoots twice. The first two bullets – David’s and his buddy Bobby’s – probably whizzed underneath the lovestruck buck at the opposite end of the Kansas cornfield. The... READ MORE

Rifle Season Without Bullets

Rifle Season Without Bullets

By Dale Weddle

Kentucky college student learns the worth of a climber, not to mention public land. One of the finest whitetails checked in during Kentucky’s 2014 rifle season came off a wildlife management area, but a bullet wasn’t responsible for the hole in its side. Cody Likins, a student at Eastern Kentucky University, shot the animal with his bow... READ MORE

A Deer with Two Names

A Deer with Two Names

By Ed Waite

Eighty yards from his ride home, this Indiana hunter stumbles into the ring of a whitetail circus. After tagging a 10-pointer in 2014, Jeff Berkemeier’s priority shifted from shooting a buck to collecting freezer meat. About 5:00 one cold and misty evening during Indiana’s blackpowder season, Jeff spotted a doe — venison — a... READ MORE

Daniel Gets His Groove Back

Daniel Gets His Groove Back

By Dale Weddle

This Kentucky hunter recombobulates in time to make his last bullet count. Most people who miss a buck four times would either keep their mouths shut or sing the blues. Daniel Lay is not most people. If he’d had the presence of mind to stand up and leave after firing all but one of his bullets in 2016, the hunter from Williamsburg, Kentucky,... READ MORE

The 10th Camera

The 10th Camera

By John E. Phillips

You’ll always find what you’re seeking in the last place you look. The day after the 2015 deer season ended, one of Jamie Barnette’s trail cameras photographed the biggest – if not, certainly the most unique – whitetail he’d seen in eight years of hunting Kansas. He and his buddies pegged it as a 3-year-old weari... READ MORE

A Series of Fortunate Events

A Series of Fortunate Events

By Mike Handley

Any number of factors could’ve altered this tale of whoa to one of woe. If Darren Ambrose had been hunting with a compound instead of a longbow in 2009, chances are he wouldn’t have had an opportunity for a do-over. He was so bedazzled by the whitetail sporting a drop tine and 21 other points that he shot over its back from a mere 10 ya... READ MORE

Nearly Point-Blank

Nearly Point-Blank

By John E. Phillips

Ohio man learns not to dismiss his wife’s intuition. Although Charles Gerken was sitting beside his wife, Fabiola, on Oct. 9, 2016, he didn’t see the buck she shot at nearly point-blank range until afterward “I tried to wake my husband, but he was so sound asleep he wouldn’t wake up,” Fabiola said. “The buck was ... READ MORE

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