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New Runner-up Crossbow Record

New Runner-up Crossbow Record

By Mike Handley

By almost anyone’s yardstick, the deer Brennan Morris shot this season was a prime candidate to be culled in 2019. Few practitioners of QDM allow a mature buck with four spindly points on one side and two on the other to spread its genes. Yet those who hunt the 3,000 acres in Richland Parish, Louisiana, were content to ignore it, a decision e... READ MORE

Far from Secret

Far from Secret

By Mike Handley

Imagine waking up to see your best-kept secret — not just word of it, but actual photos — plastered all over Facebook. That actually happened to Matthew Brunswick, a 35-year-old K9 officer for the Hancock County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department. Afterward, he could only feign ignorance. The great revelation occurred in late October 202... READ MORE

Ohio’s New Recurve Record

Ohio’s New Recurve Record

By Mike Handley

Both good and bad news came out of Logan Glassburn’s Oct. 18, 2020, deer hunt. After sharing the good news with his wife, Morgan, which took considerably longer because he could barely speak, Logan called the landowner’s daughter to tell her he’d shot the giant buck she’d been hunting. “Please don’t be mad at me,... READ MORE

No. 19

No. 19

By Mike Handley

Dillon and Brooke Evans’ home is almost a shrine to whitetails. Inside are 18 deer mounts, and No. 19 will soon join them. The Oklahoma taxidermist tried his best to shoot the deer in 2019, but it gave him the slip. When he retrieved trail camera photographs of it in the summer of 2020, the rack appeared to be at least 30 inches bigger. Altho... READ MORE

Pre-September Giant

Pre-September Giant

By Mike Handley

Nina Rogers jumpstarted her 2020 bow season 47 days before the archery opener in her home state of Alabama. The 24-year-old Prattville resident traveled to Tennessee in late August to take advantage of Ol’ Rocky Top’s early three-day deer hunt, which the locals call “the velvet season.” Nina, a 2nd lieutenant with the Air Fo... READ MORE

Rain Man

Rain Man

By Mike Handley

Pete Alfano isn’t the type to just ring the dinner bell and wait for a shootable buck to appear. Nor does he simply manage the resident whitetails by field-judging deer before squeezing the trigger. If he thinks it’ll help, he’ll climb into the seat of a mini-backhoe and mold the land. For example: No water, or not enough? No prob... READ MORE

How to Christen a Crossbow

How to Christen a Crossbow

By Mike Handley

John Higdon is a quick study. An hour and a half after sighting-in a new crossbow last fall, he was pointing it at a living target and slipping his finger into the trigger guard. Moments later, he revoked the pass he’d given the buck a year earlier. During Kentucky’s late muzzleloader season in 2018, John pegged the deer as a still-gang... READ MORE

The ‘Gawd-awfullest Buck’

The ‘Gawd-awfullest Buck’

By Mike Handley

Kentucky’s 2020 archery season has yielded several great whitetails in and out of velvet, but few can match Joey Craver’s kickstand buck. Joey can thank a coon hunting buddy for allowing him to hunt 300 acres in Bath County, 40% of which are timbered. He gained permission in 2018. The first summer, he retrieved a trail camera photograph... READ MORE

Redefining Dangerous Game

Redefining Dangerous Game

By Mike Handley

If asked how long it takes him to reload his crossbow, Christian Cummins is apt to answer in yards rather than minutes. Fifty yards, to be precise. The Kentucky deer hunter’s only point of reference is the deer he shot last month in Fayette County. He took his second poke at the charging 13-pointer a blink or two after bolt No. 2 hit the weap... READ MORE

Ohio Hunter Gains Fifth Record-book Listing

Ohio Hunter Gains Fifth Record-book Listing

By Mike Handley

Hunter Quinn first became acquainted with the buck he arrowed in 2019 three years earlier, when it wore seven fewer points. He would’ve taken it then, in 2017, 0r in 2018, given the chance. When Hunter’s trail cameras weren’t yielding any photos of the whitetail beyond the spring of ’19, he worried it was dead or gone. He ne... READ MORE

Fourteen-point Cold Remedy

Fourteen-point Cold Remedy

By Mike Handley

Ohio shotgunner Owen Daniels is the latest member of what has to be a tiny group of deer hunters who have followed blood trails BEFORE launching an arrow or firing a bullet. The buck he shot in 2019, however, left no trail at all. “The first week of gun season, I went almost to the back of the 260-acre farm we hunt,” Owen told Ed Waite,... READ MORE

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

By Mike Handley

It’s a good thing Ricky Fretwell’s boat trailer has a solid axle, leaf springs and well greased wheel bearings. Almost a year ago, the Florida resident and a couple of friends trailered a boat for 40 hours (roundtrip) in order to hunt deer on public ground in Kansas. Ricky and his lifelong pal, Kenny, studied maps of the tract before th... READ MORE

Teen Spirit

Teen Spirit

By Mike Handley

The question of whether 14-year-old Paslie Werth’s Kansas buck is the new world record among whitetails harvested by women will be answered when it is taped for the BTR later this month. Her father, Kurt, an agricultural extension agent who has taken antler-measuring classes, came up with 282 6/8 inches, which would beat the existing record s... READ MORE

Indiana’s No. 3 Rifle Buck

Indiana’s No. 3 Rifle Buck

By Mike Handley

When Steven Gootee shouldered his rifle on Nov. 17, 2019, he had no idea he was aiming at the deer at the top of his wish list. He knew only that it was a buck. He’d hunted the impressive whitetail in 2018, even in the rain, to no avail. The following year, he’d collected trail camera images of it, and his cousin Miah had encountered th... READ MORE

When You Realize the Neighbors Know Their Stuff

When You Realize the Neighbors Know Their Stuff

By Mike Handley

Seeing the local legend in your own back yard can turn an average-Joe deer hunter into a wide-eyed, frothy-mouthed fanatic. Or so says one man’s wife. That happened to Steve Plattner last November, according to his missus, Becky. Steve had only a passing interest, a normal curiosity, about the supposedly huge buck being photographed a couple ... READ MORE

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