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Entries for August 2015

When Antlers are Lagniappe

When Antlers are Lagniappe

By Mike Handley

Had a Zachary, Louisiana, woman not mentioned her unsuccessful deer season and yearning for venison to Donald Forbes, he probably would've remained indoors during the drizzling rain of Jan. 15, 2015. The 68-year-old cattleman had shot a deer for himself earlier in the season, and he didn't need the meat. "The only reason I went hunting that day w... READ MORE

Worth an ‘I Told You So’

Worth an ‘I Told You So’

By Mike Handley

When Teri Brown phoned her husband, Dick, to tell him she'd shot the buck over which she'd been obsessing for three months, it was not to ask for help. Dick offered, of course, but she declined. "I told him no, to just please leave me alone; that I was too nervous," she said. "I needed some time, so I told him I was going to shoot a doe, and then... READ MORE

‘Strange Day’

‘Strange Day’

By Mike Handley

Michael Montgomery was at wit's end by the time his bowstring hummed in 2014. After nearly an hour of watching and waiting for the buck of his dreams to stroll within range, the hunter from Hoosick Falls, New York, could only gawk, aghast, as another man began stalking the regal animal. It and two other bucks were vying for a hot doe in the middl... READ MORE

Why You Should Hunt Turkeys

Why You Should Hunt Turkeys

By Mike Handley

Star-spangling a longbeard's head might have been the reason Mike Barnes went to Labette County, Kansas, in May 2014. But he also took the opportunity to hang a new deer stand before returning home to Mississippi. Eager to christen his new setup, he arranged to take a week's vacation beginning Nov. 11. Before noon on his first day in the stand over... READ MORE

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