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Entries for April 2016

One of 2015's New World Records

One of 2015's New World Records

By Mike Handley

Lois Jenkins's boyfriend, Tim Crabtree, knew a world-class whitetail roamed his hunting area. He believes he shot the deer's brother in January 2012, when both - then 2 1/2-year-olds - wore 160-inch racks. The survivor packed on another 20 inches before the 2012 season, and it was bigger still in 2013 and 2014. Tim wasn't able to spend much time af... READ MORE

Good Things Sometimes Come to Those Who Wait

Good Things Sometimes Come to Those Who Wait

By Mike Handley

Kentucky bowhunter Dave Morgan played cat and mouse with an Ohio buck for more than three years before hearing his bowstring hum while looking at it. Dave hunts 2,000 acres of family land in Pike County, and the property is teeming with whitetails. He pulled the first trail camera photograph of his 2014 buck back in 2010. He almost got a shot at it... READ MORE

From the Land of Ticks

From the Land of Ticks

By Mike Handley

Ask almost any bowhunter in Kentucky to name the country's best deer hunter, and you're going to get a slew of votes for David Howard. The proof, they say, is hanging inside the man's home. David's most recent accomplishments - arrowing both the runner-up and the new state record in consecutive seasons - might've made national headlines. But his ea... READ MORE

Portion Control Does the Trick

Portion Control Does the Trick

By Mike Handley

Ellen Turner has learned that a little bit of corn will go a long way, and there's no need to fatten raccoons between sittings. Whenever the kitchen and bathroom designer from Bethel, Ohio, goes to her 16-foot-tall ladder stand in woods flanking a soybean field, she carries one cup of corn and several apples. She puts the offerings in the field, an... READ MORE

Velvet Giant from LBL

Velvet Giant from LBL

By Mike Handley

Jack Seppala was ready to trade his last hour of daylight - prime time in the deer woods - for a truck heater. Thirty-five degrees isn't so bad. Pushed by a 15-mph wind, however, it was chewing through every layer of clothing the hunter from Herndon, Kentucky, was wearing. Besides, he chided himself, what were the odds of his actually seeing the 30... READ MORE

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