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Entries for May 2016

Searching for the Right Pronoun

Searching for the Right Pronoun

By Mike Handley

Shawn Trull of Kennedy, Alabama, isn't quite sure whether to refer to the deer he shot in late January 2014 as a he or a she. Biologically, the antlered deer is both. "Even before I shot it, we just called it The Freak," he told Lisa Price, who's writing the story for Rack magazine. And that was before he even knew the whitetail - carrying both tes... READ MORE

Ohio Buck a Gershwin Song

Ohio Buck a Gershwin Song

By Mike Handley

While just as impressive, do not confuse the monstrous deer Spook Spann arrowed this past season with the one that made headlines nine years ago. The celebrity hunter from Tennessee is going to keep this one. When Spook skewered a 230-plus-inch Kansas whitetail on film in 2007, his soon became a household name among deer hunters. And it still is, e... READ MORE

Memories are Short During the Rut

Memories are Short During the Rut

By Mike Handley

Some bucks just can't say no to a hot date. When he missed Ol' Two Drop on Nov. 16, 2015, Tim Hatton was convinced he'd blown what would likely be his only chance at the buck. Actually, that was the second time he'd left the farm without spilling blood. The hunter from Clay City, Kentucky, might've shot at the 20-pointer with his rifle that day, bu... READ MORE

Golden Oldie from Minnesota

Golden Oldie from Minnesota

By Mike Handley

Alfred Matter had to have wondered why his father was waving at him. The boy was driving a tractor, cultivating sunflowers, when he spotted the signal that usually meant it was time for lunch. Jim Matter, father of seven, had a habit of taking off and waving his shirt whenever it was lunchtime. When this happened in 1973, however, his third-eldest ... READ MORE

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