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Entries for November 2018

How to Kick Off Deer Season

How to Kick Off Deer Season

By Mike Handley

Jeff Thieman pays attention to the moon phases. When Ohio’s bow season opened Sept. 29, five days following the harvest moon, he was brimming with anticipation. The hunter from Waterford couldn’t wait to spend the afternoon in a deer stand overlooking a bench in the timber where his trail cameras were working overtime. By 3:45 that day,... READ MORE

Opening Day to Remember

Opening Day to Remember

By Mike Handley

Knowing whitetails will walk over corn to Hoover up acorns, Dylan Martin figured he had two weeks before the unusual buck on his Most Wanted list went AWOL. Once the family farm’s oaks started dropping, his bait pile would get as much attention as a granola bar at a pizza buffet. The 22-year-old hunter from Stoneville, North Carolina, became ... READ MORE

Buck No. 4 will be Hard to Top

Buck No. 4 will be Hard to Top

By Mike Handley

Wade Tiemann worried his daughter, McKenzie, would suffer a severe case of buck fever if she ever got an opportunity to shoot at the whitetail wearing the dark, aloe vera-like rack roaming their ground. But he should’ve given the 9-year-old more credit. When the two saw the deer on Oct. 26, 2017, thoughts of shooting anything less were banish... READ MORE

Why a Maine Hunter Keeps Staring at His Phone

Why a Maine Hunter Keeps Staring at His Phone

By Mike Handley

Gene Doughty spent a lot of money in 2017. The fork lift technician had no choice but to buy a new freezer after landing a giant tuna and shooting a moose. And before the year was out, he added venison to his larder. He was lucky on many counts that year, particularly with regard to the moose permit. Thousands of people apply, but very few get one.... READ MORE

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