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Entries for October 2015

Debbie’s Temporary Undoing

Debbie’s Temporary Undoing

By Mike Handley

When Madison and Debbie Edwards of Stanford, Kentucky, headed to his deer lease in Owen County last year, they planned to bowhunt the entire week leading up to the firearms opener. They also took their rifles, just in case the bowhunting was a bust. Good move. Mike filled his tag on opening morning of rifle season. Debbie got her turn that afternoo... READ MORE

New No. 1 for Penn’s Woods

New No. 1 for Penn’s Woods

By Mike Handley

Matt Wentz had intended to spend the afternoon of Nov. 13, 2014, in a ladder stand, but he stopped 15 yards short and cleared a spot to hunt from the ground - a tactic he'd never tried. While walking into the property with a buddy, the hunter from Lehighton, Pennsylvania, marveled over the number of scrapes. They were so fresh, he could smell them... READ MORE

Marrying for Muy?

Marrying for Muy?

By Mike Handley

Todd Gast married for love, but the dowry was also pretty sweet. "My wife likes to say that the first words out of my mouth when we met were ‘How many acres does your dad have?'" Todd smiles. "I guess I did say that. But she already had her hunter safety card at that point." That's another way of saying deer hunters think alike. Or maybe it's... READ MORE

I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein

By Mike Handley

The moment the bowstring whacked his forearm, Brad Mills knew he was not going to recover the buck. That the arrow even hit the deer was a fluke. The hunter from Bonner Springs, Kan., has no idea why he torqued his bow that day in 2011. He remembers only that it was a cold 12 degrees, he was aiming at the 3 1/2-year-old deer's left side, and he did... READ MORE

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