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First Crossbow Entry from Connecticut

First Crossbow Entry from Connecticut

By Mike Handley

Selflessly walking away from his dream buck’s core area put Milford, Connecticut, hunter Mark Hiller within crossbow range of it. When Mark acquired new hunting ground in 2015, he retrieved several trail camera photographs of a 12-pointer, all taken at night. He hunted that deer all season, or at least whenever the wind would cooperate, but h... READ MORE

Alone in the Deep Freeze

Alone in the Deep Freeze

By Mike Handley

Mike Stanoikovich never thought he’d be hunting alone on Jan. 7, 2017. The plan was for him and his 13-year-old son, Jack, to share the ground blind, but the boy refused to trade his warm bed for the freezing cold. “You're not going to see a buck anyway,” the kid reportedly said. Ohio’s late muzzleloader season spanned only ... READ MORE

Never Bet a Guy without Seeing His Cam Pics

Never Bet a Guy without Seeing His Cam Pics

By Mike Handley

Patrick Woodruff’s first crossbow buck earned him $1,000 from friends who’d wagered he wouldn’t score. The bets were placed during the group’s annual Labor Day weekend trout fishing trip. When Patrick told his pals he was going to shoot a giant, they scoffed. In fact, two of the guys put up $500 apiece. The terms: The novice... READ MORE

After Eight Years

After Eight Years

By Mike Handley

Whenever Wayne Cox heads home to North Carolina after deer hunting in Kansas, he has fewer blank scoresheets in his measuring kit. The ones with numbers penciled on them almost never carry his name, however. That wasn’t the case in 2017, when the biggest rack the veteran BTR measurer taped wore his own nonresident tag. One of the most active ... READ MORE

Have Hour, Will Hunt

Have Hour, Will Hunt

By Mike Handley

Nobody owns the shed antlers of the buck Stan Ethredge shot in 2017, and it wasn’t because the squirrels ate them. The nearly 230-inch whitetail was wearing the same rack it carried in 2016, plus even more bone. The Mississippi fireman has the trail camera images to prove it. Stan had been watching the deer on his Neshoba County property sinc... READ MORE

Return on Investment

Return on Investment

By Mike Handley

Joining a 415-acre lease in Perry County, Tennessee, might be the best investment Mike McCrary has ever made. So sayeth the man’s taxidermist, not his banker or stockbroker. The 43-year-old traveling salesman from Hampshire, Tennessee, hunts deer during both the bow and firearms seasons. He saves up his vacation days from Emerson Electric to ... READ MORE

Buckaholic

Buckaholic

By Mike Handley

If Gregory Perry can be persuaded to join the Caldwell, Texas, chapter of Deer Hunters Anonymous, now’s the time. The 32-year-old engineer and father of two pre-schoolers narrowly avoided an intervention last November. His family was convinced he’d lost his mind even before seeing the nobody’s-home look in his eyes at the Thanksgi... READ MORE

Rain Day

Rain Day

By Mike Handley

During harvest time, Aaron Harvey has to wait for bad weather before he can spare the time to sit in a deer stand. When Mother Nature obliged last October, Aaron went hunting for the third time since Ohio’s bow season had opened. He was dying to get a shot at either the 15-pointer or a large 9-pointer his trail cameras had photographed on the... READ MORE

Definition of ‘Ginormous’

Definition of ‘Ginormous’

By Mike Handley

When Jamie Warner and her then-fiancé, Zach, began looking for a homestead, they turned to an estate auction of 110 acres his family once leased to farm. Trail cameras revealed the property held lots of deer, including a pair of outstanding bucks. Zach began calling the bigger one Goliath, and the other became Goof because of his wonky antle... READ MORE

New World Record: Compound, Perfect, Velvet

New World Record: Compound, Perfect, Velvet

By Mike Handley

For Don Erickson, hearing is believing. Prior to North Dakota’s 2017 bow opener, Don’s understanding of deerspeak was simple: Bucks grunt, and does and fawns bleat. But the well-fed doe he and a nearly 180-inch 8-pointer heard on Sept. 1 uttered more grunt than bleat. Whatever she said, the buck took note. The Jamestown, N.D., bowhunter... READ MORE

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