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Entries for February 2018

Okie Solves Riddle Before Skewering Dream Buck

Okie Solves Riddle Before Skewering Dream Buck

By Mike Handley

Chris Talbot used to rack his brain whenever he saw ripples on his duck pond. He always attributed the surface disturbance to deer, even though, try as he might, he never actually saw them. He now believes otherwise. Chris was deer hunting on the evening of Oct. 15, 2017, when he finally realized an otter was responsible for the tiny little wake. B... READ MORE

Cleats vs. Boots

Cleats vs. Boots

By Mike Handley

Worried football practice might cut into his time in a treestand, Loyal High School’s freshman quarterback almost passed on team tryouts during the summer of 2017. He wound up making the team, which by the way kicked conference butt that fall, but 15-year-old Wyatt Dietsche would’ve traded his gray uniform and cleats for camo and boots ... READ MORE

Public Land, Gnarly Country

Public Land, Gnarly Country

By Mike Handley

One of the biggest whitetails to go through Tennessee taxidermist Michael Austin’s shop last year didn’t belong to a customer, and he won’t make a dime off it. Instead, the deer without a nametag will lighten the 54-year-old’s own wallet. Michael brought this public land bruiser home from Kentucky, his reward for spending op... READ MORE

Maine Event

Maine Event

By Mike Handley

For what it’s worth: A 15-foot-long canoe can ferry 700 pounds. Wendell Wentworth of Washington, Maine, accounted for 180 of those pounds in the low-riding vessel last fall. Son Christopher chipped in 250. And the whitetail between them weighed in the neighborhood of 263. There wasn’t a whole lot of clearance from gunwale to water, but ... READ MORE

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