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Public Land Giant in Illinois

Public Land Giant in Illinois

By Mike Handley

One of the finest whitetails Illinois taxidermist Matt Cheek will mount this year will be the one he almost didn’t shoot on Nov. 1. If the archery permits allotted for the 8,050-acre Pere Marquette State Park hadn’t been so few and coveted, Matt might’ve stayed home during the downpour. He almost did anyway. After sleeping in and ... READ MORE

Handlebars

Handlebars

By Mike Handley

Three times in 2017, windows of opportunity slammed shut before Randall Oliver could even attempt shooting at the drop-tined buck he desperately wanted. He had much better luck in 2018, however, and he didn’t have to give away his eyeteeth. The 52-year-old heavy equipment operator has prowled the same land in Miami County, Kansas, since 2000,... READ MORE

Forked Eyeguards, Plural

Forked Eyeguards, Plural

By Mike Handley

If you don’t believe a completely run-of-the-mill whitetail can become a centerfold buck in a mere two years, just ask Scott Meyer. The 38-year-old from Crystal City, Missouri, will soon screw a hanger into the back of all the proof he’ll ever need. Scott’s father bought a Clark County farm – in the state’s northeaster... READ MORE

Father-Son Double

Father-Son Double

By Mike Handley

While turkey hunting in the spring of 2018, Shawn Durben saw a buck with huge velvet-covered knobs. Trail cam photos documented the deer’s meteoric growth throughout the summer months, and Shawn also got a glimpse of it while bush-hogging a dense crabapple thicket. With that deer in mind, Shawn brushed-in a new double blind beside a food plo... READ MORE

Coyotes vs. Deranged Deer Hunter

Coyotes vs. Deranged Deer Hunter

By Mike Handley

When Ohio bowhunter Jeremy Conrad began trailing the giant, opening-day whitetail he’d arrowed 45 minutes earlier, he soon realized he wasn’t alone. Jeremy heard them before he saw the four coyotes fighting – more like arguing – over his dead deer. So busy trying to establish who was at the top of the food chain, they paid t... READ MORE

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

By Mike Handley

Nolan Johnson can thank his buddy and fellow weed-killing, crop-fertilizing co-worker, Earl, for telling him about the monstrous whitetail he wound up arrowing in 2018. He can also tip his hat to a farmer who gave him a key to a seldom-used gate. “Earl jumped a really big buck while spraying soybeans in the spring,” Nolan told John Phil... READ MORE

Yellow is the New Camo

Yellow is the New Camo

By Mike Handley

Hunter Hastings has not disclosed whether having a backyard playhouse that doubles as a deer stand affects the value of real estate in Chanute, Kansas. The 46-year-old manager of a specialty welding company used to lay his hat in a home with 10 huntable acres. He could see his stand from the kitchen window. The 2018 season was his last to hunt deer... READ MORE

What Noise?

What Noise?

By Mike Handley

Some outdoorsmen think their hunts are ruined if they inadvertently step on a stick or fail to stifle a sneeze or cough. In their minds, such are the noises that send deer packing. Chris Flanders isn’t wound that tight. Less than four hours after he and his brother, Alan, wrestled a 20-foot-tall ladder stand into place and cut virgin shooting... READ MORE

Déjà vu with a Different Ending

Déjà vu with a Different Ending

By Mike Handley

Eighteen-year-old Brooks Jacobsen hopes he’ll one day be a veterinarian capable of stanching wounds. For now, the student at Wayne Community School is happy to inflict them. In 2016, the kid from Corydon and his mentor, Jeremy McCarty, gained hunting rights to acreage in south-central Iowa. They scouted, hung stands and put out trail cameras ... READ MORE

Coming Attraction

Coming Attraction

By Mike Handley

Taylor Drury has been deflating whitetails since she was 12 years old. Last season, the 23-year-old arrowed her biggest ever, an Iowa buck wearing nearly 190 inches of bone. Taylor might be best known as the social media face of Drury Outdoors, the company her father, Mark, and Uncle Terry founded in the late 1980s. She was hunting the family farm ... READ MORE

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