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Bottleneck Bucks
Every autumn, I begin bow season in a large white pine tree overlooking a woodland meadow that is home to three old apple trees. Deer travel a good distance, particularly in forested regions like the Adirondack Mountains to dine on this seasonal delicacy. At 23 yards, one particular trail comes from a point of alders and dogwood on my right, passes the apple trees before me and continues back into the towering softwoods at my left. Like the hub of a spoked wheel, woodland trails converge on this cluster of apple trees. As long as they bear the red food and the ground is strewn with dropped fruit, wildlife just keeps coming.As the sun descended on a late September day, a buck approached the apple trees. Within the security of the long pine boughs, I eased into a better shooting position. The buck moved in and started chomping on apples. Then something to my left caught my eye. Whoa! A rotund black bear was approaching the buffet from the opposite direction. They fed to wit... More

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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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