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Stick & String

Stick & String

By Greg Hicks

Kansas gets a new king for one of its hills. Lynn Beaty, a “semi-retired” logger from Haughton, Louisiana, discovered the perfect bow setup nearly 50 years ago, and he still sees no reason to switch to curved limbs or cams. Lynn and four buddies from northwest Louisiana spend a fair amount of time bowhunting deer in Kansas. They have ac... READ MORE

Brooke’s Buck

Brooke’s Buck

By Dale Weddle

Tennessee girl, lover of deer burgers, shoots a whitetail that’ll wind up on more than a plate. Brad Bentz and his 11-year-old daughter, Brooke, teamed up with friends Calvin Blevins and his daughter, McKenzie, to participate in Kentucky’s youth-only deer hunt Oct. 10-11. They drove up from Maryville, Tennessee, the night before the hun... READ MORE

But What Happened to the 8-Pointer?

But What Happened to the 8-Pointer?

By John E. Phillips

It costs nothing to take second, third and even fourth looks at deer you’ve already let pass. Ronald “Bubba” Belk of Sheridan, Montana, hunted deer in southeastern Kansas with outfitter Larry Ellis in 2014. Also in camp during that first week of the Sunflower State’s muzzleloader season were David Morris and some cameramen f... READ MORE

Double-Teaming a Paddlehead

Double-Teaming a Paddlehead

By Dale Weddle

Vermont’s finest bull by bow no longer lives there. Hungry for a new challenge, Brad Thornsberry and his wife Martina decided in 2012 to look beyond their beloved Kentucky. Spurred by descriptions of New England’s beauty and plentiful game, husband and wife (operators of Beaver Creek Outfitters in Knott County) applied for moose tags in... READ MORE

Green, Green Grass of Away

Green, Green Grass of Away

By Ed Waite

Cincinnati hunter discovers I-275 is the road to Heaven. Just in case the grass WAS greener on the other side of the state line, Ryan Hancock of Cincinnati, Ohio, found himself a 60-acre farm to hunt in Indiana last season. He simply wanted more options, and the tract is far larger than any he hunts in his home state. Plus, the Hoosier farm is a b... READ MORE

Getting a Goodun

Getting a Goodun

By Duncan Dobie

Georgia hunter values marksmanship and old-fashioned luck over all things fancy. Lucy Nix says her husband and hunting partner, Steve, is the luckiest man she knows. The Clayton, Georgia, couple has hunted deer across many Southern states for years. She’s taken her share, but he rarely fails to collect venison, and he brought home a lot more ... READ MORE

Beaten by the Path

Beaten by the Path

By Lisa Price

Eighteen-pointer’s fatal mistake was taking the same trail twice, just a few hours apart. When the Sunflower State’s 2011 deer season opened on Nov. 30, Greg Tanking’s hunting buddy, Lou, watched the sunrise from inside a blind formed by hay bales. Many hunters buy imitation hay bale blinds because deer and other animals become ac... READ MORE

Fine Day for Playing Hooky

Fine Day for Playing Hooky

By Lisa Price

Bucks are more predictable when they’re interested only in eating and sleeping. Ethan Brogden of Burns, Tennessee, hunts his father’s 80 acres in Dickson County. So do his stepbrother, Jeff Triolo, and friend Jacob White. His stepdad, the late Mike Trilio, used to hunt there as well. The guys had been drooling over the same buck since 2... READ MORE

That Smell

That Smell

By Dale Weddle

Walking Lynyrd Skynyrd song might never hunt again without a spray bottle. Steven Olt had thrown everything he had at the monstrous buck and come up short. Ever since the Green County, Kentucky, hunter had retrieved trail camera photographs of the giant deer, he’d focused on tagging it. “I never could pattern the buck,” he said. &... READ MORE

All in the Family

All in the Family

By Dale Weddle

A Butler did it. In Kentucky. With a rifle. Family members weren’t surprised when they heard about the buck Allie Butler shot last year in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. It’s a wonder the 24-year-old hadn’t bested all their bucks sooner than she did. Allie took to hunting like a duck to water. “I don’t guess she had a ... READ MORE

Just One Look

Just One Look

By John E. Phillips

A near hair-to-grill encounter is all it takes to awaken Kansan’s inner deer hunter. Keith Hendrix, now 77 and living in Topeka, still remembers the afternoon in 1973 when a gigantic buck crossed the country road in front of his vehicle. He was so enthralled by the sight, the 35-year-old policeman decided to go on his very first deer hunt the... READ MORE

Lone Star Doozie

Lone Star Doozie

By Duncan Dobie

Floodwaters pushed this buck onto higher ground. That he chose not to recede was his undoing. Lucky indeed is the person fortunate enough to hunt on his own or family land. It’s definitely more special, even if you don’t shoot a big buck. Thirty-year-old Cody Griffin of McKinney, Texas, did both last October. In most parts of Texas, dee... READ MORE

Lifetime Hunt Lasts Maybe Half an Hour

Lifetime Hunt Lasts Maybe Half an Hour

By John E. Phillips

Behold the Land of Lincoln’s No. 3 Typical (by shotgun) Before an electrical accident robbed Jason Langenhorst of 80 percent of his left hand’s grip, he drew 70 pounds and relied on a 12 gauge stoked with 3-inch magnums to get the job done during the Illinois deer seasons. Today, the hunter from Germantown turns deer into venison with a... READ MORE

Cox & Son: Deer Movers

Cox & Son: Deer Movers

By Rob Meade

Nobody complains about too many handles, right? Three years after helping his father, James, wrangle a beefy whitetail out of a woodlot in Highland County, Ohio, Jeremy Cox faced a similar dilemma in neighboring Clinton County. There was simply too much deer for one man to handle, even if there were lots of handles. Neither father nor son is too pr... READ MORE

Switching Targets

Switching Targets

By Ed Waite

If you hear a tweet in the bush, don’t be in a hurry to drill the bird in hand. Amanda Davis was 10 years old when she and her grandmother took the Ohio hunter safety class. “My mom and dad were not very enthusiastic hunters,” says the now 26-year-old nursing student. “I hunted with various relatives.” For the first 10... READ MORE

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