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Sure Thing

Greg Reinhardt of Alexandria, Ky., isn't into scouting. He already knows exactly where he'll see the sunrise on opening morning of the Bluegrass State's rifle season.

He and his brother, Randy, refer to the honey hole as "the killing tree," although there aren't any trees there suitable for climbing. That's why it's his rifle setup. When carrying a bow, he goes someplace else.

"Every single hunter in the world would probably pass up that spot if he didn't have the experience we do with it," Greg told Dale Weddle, the BTR scorer who's writing the story for Rack magazine.

"It's usually a 10-o'clock-in-the-morning stand. When gun season comes in and the neighbors get to beating on (the deer) … here they'll come to our cedars," he added.

Sitting there is the closest thing the brothers Reinhardt have found to a guaranteed shot opportunity. The Killing Tree is at the end of a long ridge, offering a nearly 250-yard view down a little finger that leads toward a field.

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Lemonade from Lemons

If a relative shoots the buck you've been pining to arrow with your bow, and then saw-wielding, human bush hogs interfere with Plan B, would you hang up your spurs for the season?

Jeff Osborne didn't.

Nothing short of a natural disaster could keep the hunter from Owenton, Ky., indoors during his state's 2013 rifle season.

On the Monday after opening weekend, when most hunters had gone back to work, Jeff headed out before daylight to hunt a spot he'd saved just for rifle season. But about 8:00, just when deer had begun moving through, a crew arrived to cut the brush on a nearby power line.

That afternoon, Jeff went to another farm and walked out a mile-long ridge. He liked the spot so much, he returned there on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, after he'd spent the first 10 minutes sending a few text messages to friends, Jeff looked up and saw a monstrous buck.

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Facebook Surprise

Imagine the patience required NOT to go to the very place you believe the buck of your dreams, the one you've skewered, has taken its last breath. Imagine setting an arbitrary 24-hour, chill-out period on the off-chance your chip shot wasn't as lethal as it should've been.

Then imagine logging into Facebook and seeing someone else's smiling face behind YOUR buck.

Mike McCabe doesn't have to imagine these things. He lived this up-and-down tale, literally UP and DOWN, last fall. But at least the paraplegic from Eaton, Ohio, finally got the buck that took him 105 sits to find in his peep sight.

He'd nicknamed this deer Stickers. It was one of two shooters his trail cameras photographed in 2012. He saw both that year, too, but one had broken off most of one of its beams, and Stickers never gave him an opportunity.

When Stickers began passing in front of trail cameras in 2013, Mike was astounded at how much more antler the deer had gained. He waited until the camera yielded daytime photos of the buck before he went after it.

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One Good Turn

When Mark Owen decided to help a fellow deer hunter get back in the game, he expected nothing in return for his kindnesses.

He certainly didn't expect to be handed the Holy Grail.

Mark sells bull semen for the artificial insemination of dairy cows, and he has customers throughout northern Ohio. While visiting with a client in June 2013, they discovered a mutual love of deer hunting, but the man - who made it clear he was a meat hunter - confessed that he wasn't very hip.

"I volunteered to see what I could do to help," Mark said.

They scouted together, and Mark brought him a couple of trail cameras. The first time he checked the units, there were hundreds of photographs of deer.

They tried some different camera setups after that. And in late July, they collected photos of a huge buck with a substantial drop tine.

"We nicknamed him Mr. Caveman because of the huge club of a drop tine," Mark said. "We even joked that he was a magazine cover deer."

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