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Coming Attraction

Coming Attraction

By Mike Handley

Taylor Drury has been deflating whitetails since she was 12 years old. Last season, the 23-year-old arrowed her biggest ever, an Iowa buck wearing nearly 190 inches of bone. Taylor might be best known as the social media face of Drury Outdoors, the company her father, Mark, and Uncle Terry founded in the late 1980s. She was hunting the family farm ... READ MORE

How to Kick Off Deer Season

How to Kick Off Deer Season

By Mike Handley

Jeff Thieman pays attention to the moon phases. When Ohio’s bow season opened Sept. 29, five days following the harvest moon, he was brimming with anticipation. The hunter from Waterford couldn’t wait to spend the afternoon in a deer stand overlooking a bench in the timber where his trail cameras were working overtime. By 3:45 that day,... READ MORE

Opening Day to Remember

Opening Day to Remember

By Mike Handley

Knowing whitetails will walk over corn to Hoover up acorns, Dylan Martin figured he had two weeks before the unusual buck on his Most Wanted list went AWOL. Once the family farm’s oaks started dropping, his bait pile would get as much attention as a granola bar at a pizza buffet. The 22-year-old hunter from Stoneville, North Carolina, became ... READ MORE

Buck No. 4 will be Hard to Top

Buck No. 4 will be Hard to Top

By Mike Handley

Wade Tiemann worried his daughter, McKenzie, would suffer a severe case of buck fever if she ever got an opportunity to shoot at the whitetail wearing the dark, aloe vera-like rack roaming their ground. But he should’ve given the 9-year-old more credit. When the two saw the deer on Oct. 26, 2017, thoughts of shooting anything less were banish... READ MORE

Why a Maine Hunter Keeps Staring at His Phone

Why a Maine Hunter Keeps Staring at His Phone

By Mike Handley

Gene Doughty spent a lot of money in 2017. The fork lift technician had no choice but to buy a new freezer after landing a giant tuna and shooting a moose. And before the year was out, he added venison to his larder. He was lucky on many counts that year, particularly with regard to the moose permit. Thousands of people apply, but very few get one.... READ MORE

One Less Legend

One Less Legend

By Mike Handley

The move from Delaware, Ohio, to Mansfield in 2013 put Dan Aquino 50 miles and two counties north of his usual hunting ground. With nowhere to go close to his new home, Dan began knocking on doors, which gained him access to two tracts. His first order of business was to erect a two-person ladder stand, lay down a mock scrape and hang a trail camer... READ MORE

Ohio Buck’s Luck Runs Out

Ohio Buck’s Luck Runs Out

By Mike Handley

Justin Bates took two shots, two months apart, at the massive mainframe 8-pointer he tagged in 2017. He was bowhunting from a blind the first time his and the deer’s paths crossed. The bow’s limbs must have smacked the interior wall, because the arrow flew well over the buck’s back before sticking in the ground 8 feet beyond it. T... READ MORE

There’s No Place Like Home. Wait …

There’s No Place Like Home. Wait …

By Mike Handley

John Hatt always thought the grass was greener in Kansas. Not only is the Sunflower State one of the top yielders of monstrous whitetails, but the archery licenses and tags also are virtually guaranteed (for those who apply in April). The bowhunter came close to tying his non-resident tag on his career-best deer in 2017, but the estimated 170-inche... READ MORE

Destination: Deer

Destination: Deer

By Mike Handley

Contrary to popular belief, people who book hunts with outfitters rarely take home 200-inch bucks. Not wild ones anyway. Lodge owners can manage only for mature bucks, whether their holdings are large or small, in Alabama or Ohio. Yet the older these deer become, the less likely they’ll abide the stepped-up pressure of a string of pay-to-play... READ MORE

When a Tree isn’t a Tree

When a Tree isn’t a Tree

By Mike Handley

Darrin Dawes’s back yard in Arnaudville, Louisiana, is 2 miles long and 60 yards wide. Deer cross through those 25 acres all the time, but he almost never sees high-caliber bucks. In December 2016, however, a trail camera photographed a 150-incher, which is like finding a 10-pound bass in your bathtub. Darrin pegged the deer as a 4 ½-y... READ MORE

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