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Entries for September 2019

Following Orders

Following Orders

By Mike Handley

After two decades of hunting deer on a spit of land once cotton-farmed by the president of the Confederacy, Bill Harvey finally shot his due in 2018. For two decades, he’s hunted Davis Island, a peninsula before the Mississippi River changed course a couple of years after the Civil War. Now accessible only by water and west of the main river ... READ MORE

When Their Brains are Scrambled

When Their Brains are Scrambled

By Mike Handley

Don’t tell Greg Glesinger that the rut isn’t the best time to pin your hopes on tagging an exceptional whitetail. While it’s true mature bucks might have tunnel vision, no time for food and no brakes when chasing does, they’ve got to go somewhere, and that somewhere could be within 31 yards of your setup. The story of a doe ... READ MORE

Want a 225-incher? Pass up a 175.

Want a 225-incher? Pass up a 175.

By Mike Handley

How many inches of antler can a whitetail gain from year to year? If you ask Mike Sheffer, he’ll say close to 50. That’s how much the deer he arrowed in 2018 gained in each of the previous two years. The 48-year-old Kentucky bowhunter crosses the Ohio River to hunt in southern Illinois. In 2016, he collected trail camera photos of a 10-... READ MORE

If Not This Year …

If Not This Year …

By Mike Handley

Davey Stuckey waited a long time for a chance at his newest piece of wall art. He first became acquainted with the distinctive whitetail when his trail camera yielded photographs of it in June 2017. In velvet and with a long time yet to grow, the Ross County, Ohio, specimen was already a head-turner. Not for a lack of trying, Davey didn’t see... READ MORE

Multiple Beams in Oklahoma

Multiple Beams in Oklahoma

By Mike Handley

The day someone makes an affordable trail camera capable of operating underwater, Travis Piepenbrok might buy it. Or he might not. The pest control technician from Vinita, Oklahoma, is a catfish noodler, accustomed to sliding his arm into holes in river banks and extracting nesting flatheads, many of them weighing in the double digits. Noodlers rar... READ MORE

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