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Entries for March 2018

Rain Day

Rain Day

By Mike Handley

During harvest time, Aaron Harvey has to wait for bad weather before he can spare the time to sit in a deer stand. When Mother Nature obliged last October, Aaron went hunting for the third time since Ohio’s bow season had opened. He was dying to get a shot at either the 15-pointer or a large 9-pointer his trail cameras had photographed on the... READ MORE

Definition of ‘Ginormous’

Definition of ‘Ginormous’

By Mike Handley

When Jamie Warner and her then-fiancé, Zach, began looking for a homestead, they turned to an estate auction of 110 acres his family once leased to farm. Trail cameras revealed the property held lots of deer, including a pair of outstanding bucks. Zach began calling the bigger one Goliath, and the other became Goof because of his wonky antle... READ MORE

New World Record: Compound, Perfect, Velvet

New World Record: Compound, Perfect, Velvet

By Mike Handley

For Don Erickson, hearing is believing. Prior to North Dakota’s 2017 bow opener, Don’s understanding of deerspeak was simple: Bucks grunt, and does and fawns bleat. But the well-fed doe he and a nearly 180-inch 8-pointer heard on Sept. 1 uttered more grunt than bleat. Whatever she said, the buck took note. The Jamestown, N.D., bowhunter... READ MORE

Long Odds

Long Odds

By Mike Handley

For Jake Steven, assigning most-wanted status to a buck has more to do with predictability than the size of its rack. That’s why his No. 1 target in 2017 was a 12-pointer, even though his trail camera had yielded photographs of a much larger whitetail. The 26-year-old real estate agent and auctioneer might’ve been overly pessimistic, ho... READ MORE

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