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Luke’s Pinup Buck

Luke’s Pinup Buck

By Mike Handley

From the 1940s through the 1980s, guys and gals taped or pinned posters on their walls to gaze at and fantasize about their hearts’ desires. The practice pushed the word “pinup” into dictionaries. Now, computer wallpaper has pretty much replaced paper versions. And soon, smart phones and tablets could replace desktop computers. It... READ MORE

Click Your Boots Together Three Times ...

Click Your Boots Together Three Times ...

By Mike Handley

The fifth time Harold Jones drove from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Kansas, he wasn’t headed for public land or to hunt with an outfitter. He’d done each twice, so he was looking forward to christening a new lease of his own. Harold took an unconventional approach to acquiring the property he, son Brandon and two friends would hunt in 2019... READ MORE

Viral in Oklahoma, and Beyond

Viral in Oklahoma, and Beyond

By Mike Handley

In the waning months of 2019, 18-year-old Guner Womack’s first bowkill might’ve been the most recognizable whitetail on the planet. He and the animal were plastered all over social media, and web stories soon followed. He told one of his interviewers that he woke up to almost 300 Facebook friend requests the day after his buck was poste... READ MORE

And the Duck Goes Urrrppp?

And the Duck Goes Urrrppp?

By Mike Handley

Whenever Brock Creel and his father want to trade steel shot for duck breasts, they go to their duck hole, a beaver pond in neighboring Madison County, Alabama. An easy drive from their Decatur home, the pond is on a 15-acre tract that serves little purpose other than to attract woodies and mallards. Now 19-year-old Brock has another reason to go t... READ MORE

Seeing Double

Seeing Double

By Mike Handley

Bill Funk saw two world-class whitetails, side by side, while hunting in Alberta last fall, but only one was real. That also was the case with the bow target at his outfitter’s camp. Three of his four 30-yard practice arrows nailed the target nobody else could see. The one they were watching caught only one. This all happened during the Mich... READ MORE

They Can’t Not Go Back

They Can’t Not Go Back

By Mike Handley

Southerners fortunate enough to experience the whitetail rut anywhere in the Midwest are hooked. They can’t not go back. The numbers and size of the deer, both in body and antlers, is a big barbed hook through any deer hunter’s lip. They’re also far more apt to respond to rattling and calling. That’s what happened to Chad Br... READ MORE

Homework Buck

Homework Buck

By Mike Handley

Fifteen-year-old Levi Pettit might not remember what any of his teachers said on Nov. 4, 2019, but he’ll never forget what happened AFTER he stepped off the school bus that Monday. Levi goes to Piketon Junior/Senior High School in Pike County, Ohio, which is on the West Virginia side of the state. When the bus doors folded open, he sped into ... READ MORE

Switcheroo

Switcheroo

By Mike Handley

Granted, Lauren Smith might not have been thinking clearly when she followed a blood trail to an enormous dead buck last November. This isn’t my deer, is it? She wondered. Why would someone sneak through the corn and switch deer? Her father, Paul, had no answers. He was sitting right beside her in the elevated blind, but he hadn’t even ... READ MORE

Like Son, Like Father

Like Son, Like Father

By Mike Handley

Last fall, Ohio’s Rick and Doug Kisamore joined a very exclusive club, whose members include fathers and sons with 200-plus-inchers in the record book. Doug shot his, a Portage County 23-pointer, in 2016. It tallied a whopping 240 4/8 inches. Rick’s 2019 buck from Summit County comes in at 216 3/8 inches. Rick had known about his buck f... READ MORE

Biting the Dust

Biting the Dust

By Mike Handley

Any self-respecting bowhunter can make an 8-yard shot, right? Scott McNown can. And many archers can thread 4-inch holes to put a broadhead precisely where they want, right? Scott McNown did. When the dust settled (literally) on Nov. 5, 2019, this Kansas deer hunter was calling and asking his wife to bring a four-wheeler. Together, they hoisted wha... READ MORE

Three for Three

Three for Three

By Mike Handley

Last year in Missouri, young deer hunters were able to hunt with rifles (with an accompanying adult) two weeks before the season opened for regular license-holders. Those days were Nov. 2 and 3. Kasey Sheat’s three sons got ’er done in one day. Opening morning, Kole shot a 4-pointer and Konner shot a doe, ensuring their father would hav... READ MORE

Iowa’s Latest Colossus

Iowa’s Latest Colossus

By Mike Handley

For two years, Jacob Darbyshire invested countless hours hunting a giant whitetail he’d nicknamed Major League. Before Oct. 29, 2019, the closest he came was looking at trail camera images. Their first in-the-flesh meeting did not go well for the deer. Two days before Halloween, Jacob and a friend, Bryan Bockes, went out to hang a new stand a... READ MORE

Detour for Deer

Detour for Deer

By Mike Handley

Ryan Boyer can thank his wife and the road department for the incredible whitetail he arrowed in 2019. The first two weeks of Ohio’s bow season were scorchers, so hot that Ryan went afield only twice. Hunting when the thermometer reads in the 90s might be fine for Floridians, but Buckeye State deer self-quarantine until after dark. On Oct. 16... READ MORE

Knock, Knock … No Joke

Knock, Knock … No Joke

By Mike Handley

When he was a tyke, Tyler Gladu might’ve been told not to talk to strangers. But that was then, obviously. Now 27, he’s fearless when it comes to striking up conversations with people he’s never met, or at least that’s the case when he stands to gain permission to hunt where he’s seen a world-class whitetail. His boldn... READ MORE

Post-op, Ohio-style

Post-op, Ohio-style

By Mike Handley

While many patients about to go under the knife worry about waking up, Ohio’s Jeff Mason was worried about missing his 2019 deer season, and that was the least of it. Jeff underwent lung surgery Aug. 1. “I was very apprehensive about the operation, knowing it might end my hunting forever,” he told Ed Waite, who’s writing the... READ MORE

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