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Entries for July 2015

Second Chance

Second Chance

By Mike Handley

Few crossbow hunters possess the chutzpah to pass up an unobstructed, 46-yard shot at an unsuspecting buck, especially if the animal is wearing between 200 and 300 inches of antler. Count Joe Franz among those few. On Oct. 4, 2014, after weeks of planning and obsessing over the giant whitetail, Joe found himself gawking at the deer and hearing hi... READ MORE

Prone to Hitting the Bull's-eye

Prone to Hitting the Bull's-eye

By Mike Handley

Jody Beth Walker did her best imitations of a doe, a rock and a bush to lure a 19-pointer into her sights in 2014. The huntress from London, Kentucky, a widowed mother of two, accepted an invitation from her boyfriend's grandparents to hunt their property in Morgan County on opening day of rifle season. She left work on Friday, Nov. 7, and drove t... READ MORE

Hook

Hook

By Mike Handley

Just because a buck changes zip codes doesn't mean it's gone for good. After months of drooling over trail camera photographs of a truly world-class whitetail, Jamey Collier of Chillicothe, Ohio, was crushed when the flow of images was staunched. He and his wife had nicknamed the deer Hook because of a distinctive point on its left beam. For three ... READ MORE

Pushing the Right Buttons

Pushing the Right Buttons

By Mike Handley

As soon as Alex McCabe of Cresco, Iowa, began collecting trail camera images of a large buck with a lopsided rack in 2014, he became obsessed with it. He noted wind direction, temperature and barometric pressure every day on his calendar. Whenever he checked the cameras on that farm, he recorded times. By October, Alex was convinced he just neede... READ MORE

Miscalculation

Miscalculation

By Mike Handley

Dennis Dahlke would rather go home empty-handed than affix his tag to an adolescent buck, which is why he's been able to paper his wall with record book certificates. Because he knows the bucks he hunts in Kansas routinely pack on another 20 or more inches of antler a year, especially after they've reached 4 years of age, the man from Bonner Spring... READ MORE

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