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Entries for August 2018

Kentucky’s best Perfect from 2017

Kentucky’s best Perfect from 2017

By Mike Handley

You’d think a sustained, countywide effort to wipe out feral hogs might push resident whitetails – particularly mature bucks – into another zip code. You just can’t put that kind of pressure on a deer that’s survived four or more hunting seasons, right? That’s what Jim Thompson of Frankfort, Kentucky, thought. Wh... READ MORE

Fool Me Once …

Fool Me Once …

By Mike Handley

Going into Louisiana’s 2017 deer season, Charles Brossette knew at least one decent buck was living in the 600 acres he hunts in Natchitoches Parish. A trail camera had snapped one photograph of it, a sideways view that, while impressive, did little justice to the 180-plus-inch rack. Charles got a much better look at the animal when he actual... READ MORE

On Their Own, Until Afterward

On Their Own, Until Afterward

By Mike Handley

Sixteen-year-olds Jackson Hicks and Chase Sollis hunted together, by themselves, on Sept. 24, 2017, which is rare. Their fathers are not completely sold on the idea of the boys hunting steep, rattlesnake-strewn hills an hour’s drive from home. This isn’t to say the teenagers weren’t experienced enough, however. Both have been tagg... READ MORE

The Do-over

The Do-over

By Mike Handley

Adam Cartright heard about the top-heavy Illinois deer he wound up shooting in 2017 long before he saw it. In addition to grapevine gossip, a friend photographed the deer from a parked combine, pictures of the buck in a Clay County soybean field were shared on Facebook, and one of Adam’s trail cameras captured several images. He named the dee... READ MORE

From Bust to Boom

From Bust to Boom

By Mike Handley

Brandon Myers slipped an arrow through this drop-tined buck just nine hours after it walked past his trail camera. The Ohio bowhunter had dedicated most of his 2017 season to hunting another buck on another property where he’d seen it cross the road. He wound up getting a 35-yard shot at the deer, but the arrow flew high and only shaved hair ... READ MORE

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