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From Bust to Boom

From Bust to Boom

By Mike Handley

Brandon Myers slipped an arrow through this drop-tined buck just nine hours after it walked past his trail camera. The Ohio bowhunter had dedicated most of his 2017 season to hunting another buck on another property where he’d seen it cross the road. He wound up getting a 35-yard shot at the deer, but the arrow flew high and only shaved hair ... READ MORE

The Bean Field Buck

The Bean Field Buck

By Mike Handley

Mel Johnson, the Illinois bowhunter whose 1965 buck remains one of the longest-reigning world records in the BTR, died in May at the age of 84. Mel arrowed the deer while hunting next to a soybean field near his home near Peoria. He’d stopped there after work at the Caterpillar plant on Friday, Oct. 29. He originally planned to hunt from a tr... READ MORE

Poster Buck for Trigger Restraint

Poster Buck for Trigger Restraint

By Mike Handley

Need more than a wildlife biologist’s suggestion to let young bucks walk (if you’re interested in high-octane antlers)?  Consider Brandon Ramirez’s story from January. Brandon collected a trail camera photograph of an 8-pointer in 2014. Recognizing it was an immature deer, he never considered shooting it. He also passed it up... READ MORE

Making the Best of 45 Minutes

Making the Best of 45 Minutes

By Mike Handley

Prior to 2017, Tyler Stull felt like he was pouring money in a hole and wasting his time trying to shoot a really big deer off the land he was hunting. So when a customer offered to let him hunt her 40 acres in Meade County, Kentucky, the young carpenter was thrilled over the prospects of a change of scenery and better chances to connect with a dre... READ MORE

Oh Wow

Oh Wow

By Mike Handley

An emergency medical technician in Brookhaven, Mississippi, carried his own personal defibrillator during the fall of 2017, and it required no electricity. If Tyler Blalock needed to jumpstart his own heart, he had only to pull out a photo of an incredible whitetail that had walked in front of his trail camera for three years in a row. For obvious ... READ MORE

‘Doctor’s Office Smell’ Spices Up Tink’s

‘Doctor’s Office Smell’ Spices Up Tink’s

By Mike Handley

The faint aromas of disinfectant, alcohol and hand-wash apparently do not hinder the effectiveness of doe drops. Raquel Dominico didn’t have time to go home and shower off the doctor’s office smell before joining her father, Rick, for a deer hunt last Ohio. She carried her hunting clothes to the office, and then went to the woods straig... READ MORE

Three Clicks and a Boom

Three Clicks and a Boom

By Mike Handley

The very year Matt Kelly joined a renowned deer hunting club an hour and a half from home, he shot a bruiser whitetail on property that didn’t cost him a dime. Matt manages his family’s 5,000-plus acres near Carlisle, Arkansas. He hunts those, another piece of ground nearby, and he has a deal with some college buddies to swap duck hunts... READ MORE

This Burger Had Nearly 219 Inches of Gristle

This Burger Had Nearly 219 Inches of Gristle

By Mike Handley

When Fort Wayne, Indiana, deer hunter Bobbie Poynter headed afield with his muzzleloader on Dec. 10, 2017, he was thinking only of his empty freezer. A man who loves venison, he’d decided the trip would be his season finale, even if he went home empty-handed. He did not go home empty-handed. “No matter how things turned out, it was goin... READ MORE

Should I Go or Should I Stay?

Should I Go or Should I Stay?

By Mike Handley

The voices inside Blake Wilson’s head lasted for nearly three months. From the moment the 28-year-old bowhunter from Rison, Arkansas, retrieved a trail camera photograph of a jaw-dropping 9x9, he had to tamp down the urge to return every day to see if there were more. He couldn’t stand not knowing if the deer’s mugging for the len... READ MORE

Double the Trouble

Double the Trouble

By Mike Handley

Benny Bell wasn’t surprised when the come-help-me message lit up his phone. His buddy, Brian Cobb, had shot about 7:45 a.m., and the text came afterward. The two men, along with Benny’s son, Joey, were at the DeSoto Parish hunting club for opening day of Louisiana’s rifle season. They were all watching segments of the same pipelin... READ MORE

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