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Entries for September 2021

Best Unlaid Plans

Best Unlaid Plans

By Mike Handley

Sometimes, the best plan is having no plan. That sums up Trenton Doyle's success in Missouri last fall, when the 30-year-old gas pipeline welder from Lamar decided to give his little brother the best vantage point while he ventured into uncharted territory. Trenton had only recently gained hunting rights to the property owned by his wife's family. ... READ MORE

Virginia’s No. 2 Shotgun Buck

Virginia’s No. 2 Shotgun Buck

By Mike Handley

Brent Boney knows what it’s like to be dismissed by friends. In January 2016, the hunter from Drewryville, Virginia, saw and missed a whitetail so fantastical that other members of the Round Hill Hunting Club were convinced he was exaggerating. He was not. His encounter came during a dog deer drive on the club’s 1,000 acres in Greensvil... READ MORE

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow … Repeat

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow … Repeat

By Mike Handley

It’s hard to stay enthusiastic when the deer at the top of your wish list goes AWOL for a couple of weeks, especially if you rely on trail cameras to reveal where to spend opening day. Just prior to Kentucky’s mid-November rifle season, Kent Walters knew exactly where he was going to be when the 2020 season dawned. He was collecting nig... READ MORE

Eleventh-hour Ohio Giant

Eleventh-hour Ohio Giant

By Mike Handley

When Scott Rawlings’s son, Cody, showed him a photograph of a magnificent whitetail in 2019 — supposedly taken near his Chillicothe, Ohio, home — the man never dreamed he’d actually see it. The likelihood was so remote that he barely gave more than a passing thought to the animal with downward-facing tines. By Scott’s ... READ MORE

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