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Big Dank Down

Big Dank Down

By Mike Handley

Tim Starkey’s friends can breathe a sigh of relief. The 25-year-old oil field worker has buck meat, which means the jerky is about to flow. He’ll continue to give it away, but this batch will cost him a lot more than he normally spends for spices. His taxidermist can vouch for that. Tim’s was one of the first Oklahoma bucks liked ... READ MORE

North Carolina Prize

North Carolina Prize

By Mike Handley

Work, school and parenting leave little time for Chris Carter to indulge his passion for deer hunting. The 27-year-old electrical engineer from Raleigh, North Carolina, calls himself a weekend warrior, but even that’s a stretch since he rarely hunts on Sundays. He’s more a Saturday warrior. In fact, the only reason he went afield on Oct... READ MORE

Grunt Three Times

Grunt Three Times

By Mike Handley

If a bowhunter grunts in a forest and a buck is around to hear it, does that mean it’s working? If Austin Nord wasn’t already a fan of grunt calls prior to Oct. 5, 2017, he’s now a firm believer. The 25-year-old from Bloomington, Illinois, credits deerspeak with drawing an incredible 31-pointer to his arrow that day. Austin hunted... READ MORE

Piano Man

Piano Man

By Mike Handley

The rattling bag Geoffrey Henry bought just prior to Louisiana’s Oct. 1, 2017, bow opener was worth every penny. The security guard from Start, Louisiana, picked it up at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop, after a couple of buddies in the store’s archery shop suggested the tactic. Geoffrey first became aware of the deer when he r... READ MORE

Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

By Mike Handley

Paying fanatical attention to scent control might be the only reason Ben Anderson and his buddy of six years, Levi Tussey, got away with hunting from the same stands for a week and a half. The North Carolina hunters wouldn’t normally put that much pressure on a place or a deer, but they had plenty of incentive in 2017. They were mesmerized by... READ MORE

By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

By Mike Handley

Keegan Schmitt shot the wrong deer on Sept. 18. The bowhunter from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, thought he was about to shoot Sweet Sixteen, a 16-point buck over which he’d been drooling for more than a year. He wound up sticking a 17-pointer, however. Keegan couldn’t see the 17th point in the few trail camera photographs he’d collected... READ MORE

Clearing Up Gray Skies

Clearing Up Gray Skies

By Mike Handley

Kraig Street of Rushville, Illinois, was in a funk on opening day of the 2016 shotgun season because his co-builder wasn’t able to join him for the christening of their homemade blind. He and his 14-year-old son, Michael, built the shooting house on wheels and hauled it to a cut cornfield a week earlier. The blind had four thickly insulated w... READ MORE

Midwest, Schmidwest

Midwest, Schmidwest

By Mike Handley

Lenny Gilbert never imagined he’d be a centerfold. Holding a dead buck, that is, in Rack magazine. The 33-year-old New Jersey resident loves to watch hunting shows on television, and he reads numerous magazines devoted to whitetails. So he’s well aware that most truly monstrous deer are shot in the Midwest, not where he lives, and not i... READ MORE

Nocturnal No More

Nocturnal No More

By Mike Handley

Four months after acquiring hunting rights to 6 acres next to a swamp in Licking County, Ohio, Mitchell Flowers got his first trail camera photograph of a buck he was sure would score more than 200 inches. He was already thrilled to have collected images of several whitetails, including a 12-pointer he guessed would tally 175. He forgot all about t... READ MORE

Choosing Eenie over Meenie

Choosing Eenie over Meenie

By Mike Handley

Pittman Edwards of Cleveland, Mississippi, began his 2016 deer season with his heart set on taking an exceptional whitetail that had no qualms mugging for his trail camera while the sun was shining. He reset his heart on the night of Dec. 12. Pittman was returning to his hunting club’s camphouse after a trip to town when several deer ran out ... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd