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Down Home Buck
The hunter sat still in the lock-on stand. He had put 22 screw-in steps in the tree that elevated him to some 30 feet above the forest floor, where a fresh buck scrape lay in plain view. It was getting late in the afternoon of Dec. 7, 2005, and Wayne Stewart Jr.’s anticipation was growing by the minute. Suddenly something caught his eye as he scanned the thick briars and brush. Only the deer’s shockingly large rack was visible as he fed on greenbriar, twisting his massive rack back and forth. The rangefinder read 47 yards, and Stewart readied his bow. But the cover was too thick for a sure shot. “He wouldn’t reveal a target area,” recalled the bowhunter. “I would see him and then he would disappear in the cover.” Suddenly a sound drew Stewart’s attention to another spot in the briar patch. A second big buck was feeding just 20 yards from the other. He was a mature 8-pointer with a heavy rack that would probably score 120 inches. Both deer were near a trail that led right... 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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