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Maine Event

Maine Event

By Mike Handley

For what it’s worth: A 15-foot-long canoe can ferry 700 pounds. Wendell Wentworth of Washington, Maine, accounted for 180 of those pounds in the low-riding vessel last fall. Son Christopher chipped in 250. And the whitetail between them weighed in the neighborhood of 263. There wasn’t a whole lot of clearance from gunwale to water, but ... READ MORE

Once a Naysayer, Not Always a Naysayer

Once a Naysayer, Not Always a Naysayer

By Mike Handley

Frank Lemongelli is a bowhunter. Bowhunters are generally pessimistic. Therefore, Frank is a pessimist. Or at least he used to be. When the 48-year-old health department inspector drew his bow to shoot an impossibly huge buck last fall, a tree branch obscured the deer’s side. In order to get a shot, he would have to wait – arm cocked an... READ MORE

No Truer Words

No Truer Words

By Mike Handley

When Steven Everett purchased 130 acres in Logan County, Oklahoma, in 2015, the previous landowner told him the property held some big bucks. Deer season had already started, but it didn’t take long for the new owner to validate the seller’s claim. “We got a picture of a deer I named Goliath, which was the first name I thought of ... READ MORE

Despite the Near-70-degree Weather

Despite the Near-70-degree Weather

By Mike Handley

The beetle man hates Josh Feldman, but at least one taxidermist near Alton, Illinois, could kiss him. Had it not been for Josh’s shaming, Aaron Fry might’ve paid to have insects clean his 2017 buck’s skull so he could screw it to a plaque. But the cape and antlers are now with a taxidermist, soon to be Aaron’s first trophy w... READ MORE

Daddy Sang Tenor

Daddy Sang Tenor

By Mike Handley

Some men squeak when they see rats, snakes or spiders. It takes a dead buck - a big one - for Bill Nadeau to sing tenor. That said, the deer hunter from Indiahoma, Oklahoma, outsang Luciano Pavarotti on Nov. 3. While looking for the buck he shot that afternoon, Bill called a buddy, Kris Borden. The phone was to his ear when he found first blood, an... READ MORE

Two for Two

Two for Two

By Mike Handley

After a lifetime of fantasizing about hunting deer in far-flung places, Arkansas hunter Mike Novak lived the dream twice in 2017. Friends invited him to hunt in both Illinois and Ohio. He originally declined the latter because the proposed dates overlapped, but he didn’t count on filling his first tag an hour and a half into his Illinois stin... READ MORE

A Different Kind of Crown

A Different Kind of Crown

By Mike Handley

Deer hunters in St. Francisville have some of the whitest, best-tended choppers in all of Louisiana. That’s because Dr. Frank Sullivan’s office has monstrous picture windows overlooking a wooded back lot, and whitetails come to a couple of feeders long before sunset. Until last fall, one of the backyard bucks was a walking legend. The d... READ MORE

Long Time Coming

Long Time Coming

By Mike Handley

Nineteen-year-old Luke Lohan might be flying blind when he climbs his next treestand. The kid from St. Clairsville hunted the same Ohio buck for three seasons before removing it from his most-wanted list in 2017. So unless his trail cameras yield some new incentive this summer, he’ll head afield with only fingers crossed. Luke is a heavy equi... READ MORE

CCTV, Kansas Style

CCTV, Kansas Style

By Mike Handley

Ethan Lorance knows the value of eyes in the sky, or at least on the ground. The 25-year-old pipefitter from Bonner Springs, Kansas, employed several trail cameras to learn as much as he could about the buck that made him a social media star this fall. Ethan retrieved his first trail cam photograph of the unique buck in June 2016, when it was a 5x5... READ MORE

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

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