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Entries for March 2015

Detour Worth Missing Breakfast

Detour Worth Missing Breakfast

By Mike Handley

Darrell Pennington of Vernon, Ala., hunts his father's 24 acres in Lamar County, a relatively small tract that yields three to five does and at least a couple of bucks each year that'll score between 120 and 140 inches. In December 2013, Darrell discovered evidence that a much bigger buck might be passing through the property. "I saw rubs on trees ... READ MORE

One Man’s Loss is Another’s Gain

One Man’s Loss is Another’s Gain

By Mike Handley

After a slow opening-day morning in 2008, Michael Mees decided to do a little scouting and spotting from inside the cab of his truck. He had the whole afternoon, as well as access to several thousand acres of private land in Emmons County, N.D. When he parked at one point to get out and relieve himself, the last thing Mike expected to encounter was... READ MORE

Two Rabbit Hunters Walk into a WMA ...

Two Rabbit Hunters Walk into a WMA ...

By Mike Handley

When brothers Albert Jr. and Leland King first visited northwestern Kentucky's Sloughs Wildlife Management Area in November 2012, they were loaded for swamp rabbits. "The area where we turned the dogs out had long strips of fields between woods - ideal habitat for both rabbits and deer. The place had chest-high weeds and saplings all grown up into ... READ MORE

The 8-pointer That Wasn’t

The 8-pointer That Wasn’t

By Mike Handley

After checking the Weather Channel at 4 a.m. on Nov. 9, opening day of Kentucky's 2013 rifle season, Gerald Jenkins decided to go back to bed. The 69-year-old had no desire to sit in a tripod buffeted by 25 mph gusts. He woke up a couple of hours later, did a few chores, and then decided the wind had subsided enough for him to go to the 1,200-acre ... READ MORE

Arkansas Has a New No. 2

Arkansas Has a New No. 2

By Mike Handley

Scott May thought he'd shot a buck that would score close to 160 inches on Nov. 13, 2013. The 47-year-old electrical contractor had no idea his guess was off by 50 inches until he took the animal to a venison processor, where other patrons argued it would break the 200-inch mark. Scott knew a great buck was passing through the area he was hunting. ... READ MORE

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