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Entries for September 2016

Lightning and Kansas

Lightning and Kansas

By Mike Handley

In the world of second lightning strikes, it might happen a little more frequently among deer hunters who live and play in Kansas. If you shoot one good one, chances are pretty good you'll get another. Lightning WILL strike the same spot twice, as they say. David Wagler won't argue. Not only did he arrow a gorgeous centerfold-caliber buck in 2013, ... READ MORE

Boy's Call Ends with Trophy for Dad

Boy's Call Ends with Trophy for Dad

By Mike Handley

A Mt. Gilead, Ohio, man might've set out on Dec. 6, 2015, to help his 9-year-old son shoot his first deer, but he wound up burning the tag when the boy found the distance daunting. Brody Young started retrieving trail camera photographs of a Morrow County buck in 2013 that held a lot of potential. The buck just needed a few more years to reach it. ... READ MORE

Same Deer, Different Day

Same Deer, Different Day

By Mike Handley

When Tommy Sears of Lily, Kentucky, went to his father’s house in Clay County to help look for the buck the elder had shot at the previous day, he opted to first spend a few hours in a ladder stand. His dad, Thomas, had fired at the running buck while hunting his neighbor’s 50-acre cornfield on opening day of rifle season. The field is ... READ MORE

No More Deer Drought

No More Deer Drought

By Mike Handley

David Fischer of Georgetown, Indiana, is accustomed to seeing deer hunters roaming the public lands he hunts. But that's all he saw during the 2014 season. He didn't see a single deer in 30 outings. "Fifteen days during gun season, 15 days during muzzleloader, and nothing," David told Lisa Price, who is writing his story for Rack magazine. That's w... READ MORE

The Banshee and the Buck

The Banshee and the Buck

By Mike Handley

How long does it take for the woods to settle after a banshee-doe alerts the entire state to the presence of a suspicious lump in a tree? About 30 minutes, says Logan Howell, who successfully fought the urge to return to his Kentucky home after being busted by one such public service-minded doe in 2015. If he'd listened to his gut and left, he migh... READ MORE

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