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Entries for September 2015

Never Leave Before the Curtain Falls

Never Leave Before the Curtain Falls

By Mike Handley

As soon as Joe Daubner heard the ka-thump of a deer landing on his side of the fence, he instantly regretted having lowered his bow to the ground. The Iowa bowhunter had concluded he wasn't going to get an opportunity at the non-typical whitetail he'd watched chasing a doe the length of a nearby CRP field. Rather than wait those last few minutes, h... READ MORE

Hearting Kansas

Hearting Kansas

By Mike Handley

If someone ever designs an I-heart-Kansas tee shirt, Carlo Longobardo will buy one in every color. The New York City firefighter became infatuated with the Sunflower State after first going there with his cousin, Tommy Inzalaco, in 2012. They hunted deer with Dave Chism of Pocket Holler Haven Outfitters. "I was blown away by how many bucks I saw in... READ MORE

Never Sing the Blues Until the Sun Goes Down

Never Sing the Blues Until the Sun Goes Down

By Mike Handley

Bob Dieball had already drawn and let down his bow once, when the Kansas buck he so desperately wanted veered sharply toward the doe it desperately wanted. That he got a second chance blows his mind. A few minutes after the first close call, the buck returned and stopped at 16 yards, facing - but not seeing - Bob. Head down, it was still staring at... READ MORE

Big 10: Take Two

Big 10: Take Two

By Mike Handley

"Daddy, are you going to shoot?" the boy asked. John Trammell had told 5-year-old Cooper to be still, to be quiet and to put his fingers in his ears. They were sitting in a tripod stand overlooking a vast wheat field, father in the only seat and son on the platform at his feet. "I'm going to shoot that deer," he'd warned. The more John thought a... READ MORE

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