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Entries for September 2017

Threading the Needle

Threading the Needle

By Mike Handley

Indiana gained a different top for one of its totem poles during the 2016 season, a new state record among bucks felled by blackpowder. The name to be associated with this handsome whitetail is Tim Barrett, who has access to numerous family farms in Ripley County. He owns 12 acres of former tobacco fields, son Justin owns the 15 acres across the ro... READ MORE

Dreading Water

Dreading Water

By Mike Handley

Rich Eldridge might’ve shot a smaller version of the buck he tagged in 2016 three years earlier if deer couldn’t swim. Such is the disadvantage of hunting next to a major waterway. Rich’s ground abuts Indiana’s Wabash River. He first saw the incredible whitetail before the hunting season opened in 2013. The deer was on his s... READ MORE

On the Mend, in the Stand

On the Mend, in the Stand

By Mike Handley

When veteran jockey Jason Lumpkins was thrown off his filly and run over by four or five other horses back in 2011, his doctor warned him to stay away from the race track to give his banged-up body time to heal. That was the easy part. The hard (or impossible) part was not hunting. “Lumpy” ignored his doctor’s admonition. He simpl... READ MORE

Ohio Man Crosses River to Collect Buck and a Half

Ohio Man Crosses River to Collect Buck and a Half

By Mike Handley

Most bowhunters are all smile after retrieving arrows they’ve launched at deer. In 2016, Erik Heller’s reaction was a furrowed brow. Short of being shot at a steel plate or concrete wall, how can a broadhead be pushed back into the shaft? “I had never seen anything like that. I don’t know if it hit a rib or what happened,&rd... READ MORE

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