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Entries for November 2017

North Carolina Prize

North Carolina Prize

By Mike Handley

Work, school and parenting leave little time for Chris Carter to indulge his passion for deer hunting. The 27-year-old electrical engineer from Raleigh, North Carolina, calls himself a weekend warrior, but even that’s a stretch since he rarely hunts on Sundays. He’s more a Saturday warrior. In fact, the only reason he went afield on Oct... READ MORE

Grunt Three Times

Grunt Three Times

By Mike Handley

If a bowhunter grunts in a forest and a buck is around to hear it, does that mean it’s working? If Austin Nord wasn’t already a fan of grunt calls prior to Oct. 5, 2017, he’s now a firm believer. The 25-year-old from Bloomington, Illinois, credits deerspeak with drawing an incredible 31-pointer to his arrow that day. Austin hunted... READ MORE

Piano Man

Piano Man

By Mike Handley

The rattling bag Geoffrey Henry bought just prior to Louisiana’s Oct. 1, 2017, bow opener was worth every penny. The security guard from Start, Louisiana, picked it up at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop, after a couple of buddies in the store’s archery shop suggested the tactic. Geoffrey first became aware of the deer when he r... READ MORE

Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

By Mike Handley

Paying fanatical attention to scent control might be the only reason Ben Anderson and his buddy of six years, Levi Tussey, got away with hunting from the same stands for a week and a half. The North Carolina hunters wouldn’t normally put that much pressure on a place or a deer, but they had plenty of incentive in 2017. They were mesmerized by... READ MORE

By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

By Mike Handley

Keegan Schmitt shot the wrong deer on Sept. 18. The bowhunter from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, thought he was about to shoot Sweet Sixteen, a 16-point buck over which he’d been drooling for more than a year. He wound up sticking a 17-pointer, however. Keegan couldn’t see the 17th point in the few trail camera photographs he’d collected... READ MORE

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