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Entries for November 2016

Always Look for the Deer Behind the Deer

Always Look for the Deer Behind the Deer

By Mike Handley

Chris Baldock was a half-hour away from leaving the woods on Nov. 15, 2015, when he saw movement in the distance. He soon realized he was looking at a doe, which didn't quicken his pulse. He was far less calm when he spotted the buck ghosting her backtrail. Chris hunts 700 acres of family ground in one of Kentucky's most revered deer hunting counti... READ MORE

Unencumbered by Experience

Unencumbered by Experience

By Mike Handley

Brandon Hazel of Anthony, Kansas, knows when to say yes and close his mouth. While most dads would've listened to the voices in their own heads rather than the words of their 8-year-old kid, he allowed his daughter Joscelyn to choose where they should hunt on a cold Dec. 4, 2015. He had zero confidence in the blind she chose, since that's where she... READ MORE

Good Things Come

Good Things Come

By Mike Handley

Travis Stites of Phillipsburg, Kansas, knew the family ground he was hunting was home to at least one great buck. He'd seen it once on the hoof and in trail camera photographs. "At the beginning of October, I was checking new spots on some family land and walked over a creek bank. This deer stood up and headed straight away from me," he said. Follo... READ MORE

Kansas Anime

Kansas Anime

By Mike Handley

William Cantillon hadn't been in his deer stand an hour on Dec. 5, 2015, when he saw a peculiar buck that gave him brain-freeze. "I'd hunted that same spot in Jackson County, Kansas, for at least 15 years, and I'd never seen anything like it," said the 31-year-old from St. Marys. "When the deer came out, I was thinking Why does it look like that? W... READ MORE

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