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03
Breaking a Sweat

Deer hunters in the Midwest complain loudly whenever the temperature climbs into the 60s in November. Farther north, they'd consider it justification for staying indoors and watching TV show hunters whispering into cameras.

The 60s would be a cool snap in southwestern Georgia, however.

It was 79 degrees when Michael Spurlin went to his tripod stand about 4 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2012 - NOVEMBER, not SEPTEMBER.

"My expectations were high. I've always had the most success hunting the first and second weeks of November," the 29-year-old from Leesburg told Lisa Price, who will chronicle his tale for RACK magazine next year.

Plus, he'd heard an all-out buck brawl while hunting the farm the previous day.

At prime time that evening, the bull of the woods - or, more appropriately, pine plantation - approached the food plot Michael was watching from his tripod. The hunter had been in his stand for little more than an hour.

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27
Boot Leather and Resolve Lead to Happy Ending

If Ryan Stolz hadn't anticipated his buck's ducking the string, a phrase that's rightfully falling out of favor with the (compound) bowhunters who coined it, he might've had his mount a whole lot sooner. And he might've had more and much better photographs.

But at least he got his deer and will soon see the antlers affixed to a form with glass eyes, albeit with another buck's hair.

The bowhunter from Mondamin, Iowa, had dreamt about arrowing this whitetail with points aplenty long before he triggered his release on Oct. 1. He first heard about it during the 2011 shotgun season, when it was seen and missed during man-drives.

After the curtain fell on the 2011-12 season, seems like everyone in Harrison County saw the buck. Its sheds were found. And by summertime, every other tree was a hitching post for a trail camera.

Ryan took to the woods on Oct. 1, wearing his ghillie suit. After an uneventful morning, he went to a different spot, which afforded him a 50-yard shot at the local legend.

He connected, too, but the shot was a tad low.

"I expected the buck to duck the arrow, but it didn't," Ryan said.

Blood was sparse, but Ryan never threw in the towel. He spent much of the week he'd taken off from work to scour the countryside.

By the time he found his prize in a brush pile beside his dad's unpicked bean field, coyotes had torn into it.

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20
Based on a True Story

Dear Dr. Phil,
My distant cousin, Nathaniel Yoder, named a deer after me. And then he killed it. Should I be worried?
Dave in Kentucky

Dear Dave,
How big was the deer?
Dr. Phil

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Okay, maybe the correspondence between Dave and Dr. Phil is a stretch, but the rest of it is true.

Nathaniel Yoder shot Dave - the deer, not his cousin - on Sept. 22, 2012. Of all the nicknames Nathaniel might've chosen for the buck, he chose Dave because his cousin became unhinged after seeing a trail camera image of the big Harrison County Typical standing over a mineral lick.

Nathaniel was pretty excited, too, and he couldn't keep it under wraps for long. He wound up passing it around at a family reunion, which is when Dave saw it.

"He thought the rack might gross 190. He got so torn up about it that we ended up naming the big buck Dave," Nathaniel grinned.

Nathaniel hunted only one afternoon during the first three weeks of the bow season. His second trip to the woods was on the afternoon of Sept. 22.

About 6:15, he heard and then saw a small 8-pointer that he hoped was the same 4x4 often photographed with the buck he called Dave. It was indeed.

As soon as the second buck stepped into the open, he recognized it immediately. After passing up a less-than-perfect opportunity at 30 yards, Nathaniel wound up with an 18-yard shot.

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13
What a Difference a Year Makes!

Had the curtain not been about to fall on Kentucky's 2011 deer season, Hebron bowhunter Jim Hill might've taken the 30-yard poke at the 150-inch 10-pointer he'd nicknamed the Grapevine Ten. He chose not to, to let the buck live at least one more year, because he thought enough of his neighbors had tagged out so that it could.

That wasn't the case a couple of weeks earlier, when the whitetail's antlers became entangled in some vines just 25 yards from his treestand. The scene was almost biblical.

If the animal had remained still long enough, Jim's bowstring would've hummed. But it managed to free itself and leave forthwith, before Jim could say "Jack Robinson."

"After that, I nicknamed him the Grapevine Ten," Jim said. "In addition to the nice rack, he had a calcium deposit on a front leg that made him easily recognizable."

That summer, Jim planted a clover plot near the buck's stomping grounds, and he retrieved his first trail camera photograph of it in June. With two more months to grow, its rack was already as big as it had been in 2011.

By late August, the deer was passing in front of the camera four times a day before it changed food sources and disappeared.

Jim hunted the field edges throughout September and most of October, but he didn't see the Grapevine Ten until Oct. 28, when he moved deeper into the property.

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