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Entries for October 2019

Indiana Insomniac Finds Cure

Indiana Insomniac Finds Cure

By Mike Handley

After about a year of fitful nights, Ryan Woods is sleeping more easily these days. The Indiana bowhunter began losing sleep the night after he’d missed a world-class whitetail. His arrow sailed over the deer’s back. Not surprising (but extremely disappointing), the buck apparently left for another zip code afterward. Ryan would see no ... READ MORE

Everything to Gain

Everything to Gain

By Mike Handley

Once upon a time, Homer Miller held deer grunt calls in the same regard as Magic 8 Balls and fairy dust. Now he won’t leave for the woods without one, whether he’s hunting with a crossbow or a rifle. “I’d never had much confidence in them before Nov. 12, 2018,” the Louisiana hunter told John Phillips, who’s writi... READ MORE

Frustration to Elation

Frustration to Elation

By Mike Handley

Kentucky deer hunter Jeremy Smith would rather have one weekend in November than go out every day in October. The choice, for him, is simple: Hunt when the animals are lying down, or hunt when they’re afoot. He went into the 2018 season with a particular buck in mind, but he’s a bird-in-the-hand-type guy. In early November, a 170-someth... READ MORE

The Man Has Priorities

The Man Has Priorities

By Mike Handley

Trading a bed and bandages for a deer blind and camo last season was a no-brainer for Eric Chicoine. The hunter from Saint-Pie, Quebec, had only three weekends he could hunt in 2018. Rather than spend one-third of his precious few off-days indoors, he postponed minor surgery in order to have every opportunity at an 8-pointer that had wandered in fr... READ MORE

Change of Scenery Just the Ticket

Change of Scenery Just the Ticket

By Mike Handley

The next time someone asks Daniel Montgomery to sit in his treestand, the retired sheriff from Mt. Vernon, Indiana, will not be able to say YES quickly enough. Doing so last November resulted in adrenaline-marinated venison and quite a large piece of wall art. The owner of the property he hunts in Posey County asked if he would mind if a friend hun... READ MORE

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