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Entries for January 2016

Thanks, Boss

Thanks, Boss

By Mike Handley

After seeing a humongous buck while glassing a soybean field in July, Justin Mooney secured permission from his boss, who owns the adjacent 20-acre block, to hunt it. He wasted no time in creating a mineral lick, strapping a trail camera to a nearby tree and hanging a stand. When he returned to check the camera three weeks later, it held 967 photog... READ MORE

What a Difference a Year Can Make

What a Difference a Year Can Make

By Mike Handley

Fifty-four days after an open-mouthed Greg Tomlinson gawked at a buck his trail camera had photographed, he was aloft and testing his safety harness, squatting and leaning in order to find open air between his broadhead and the deer's vitals. The veteran bowhunter pulled the photo on Sept. 21. Familiar with the 200-acre tract he'd hunted for 15 sea... READ MORE

Public Land via Boat

Public Land via Boat

By Mike Handley

With a precious couple of inches separating the gunwales from the water, Troy Thomas was thinking he needed a bigger boat. That his buddies Matt Medley and Gerald McCumber had chosen to blaze a trail back to the truck rather than ride with Troy and his dead buck probably saved them all a drenching. If Troy had been using an outboard rather than a t... READ MORE

Doghouse Deer

Doghouse Deer

By Mike Handley

Josh Baslee can tell you what the inside of a doghouse is like, and not because he's a nuisance animal control expert. The 39-year-old from Osawatomie, Kan., has been living in one for months, ducking the nails in the roof, ever since he tagged the buck his wife, Sandy, wanted to shoot. "I don't know if my first name is Josh anymore," he said, not ... READ MORE

By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

By Mike Handley

It isn't uncommon for enormous bucks to gain nicknames, whether bestowed before or after they're dead. But they're usually named for a distinguishing characteristic of antler, some other physical trait, the person who shot them, or the land they once roamed. Few hunters haven't heard of the Hole in the Horn Buck, Ol' Mossy Horns, the Milo Hanson Bu... READ MORE

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