More Than They Bargained For
By Lisa L. Price
Eric Arnette sat on the Alaskan tundra in a nerve-wracking bubble of fog, staring for an hour and a half at the spot where he'd last seen his guide, who had disappeared into an alder thicket in pursuit of the huge, possibly-wounded, possibly-dead grizzly bear. How long should he wait before radioing for help? Eric and hunting buddy Kevin Fain had w... READ MORE
Trouble on the Tundra
By Warren Hill
The morning at our Farnie Lake caribou outpost had started out normal enough. But as I shoved the bullets into my buddy Harold Pirsig's .30-06, a scene from the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" flashed through my mind. The mental blur dealt with one of the movie's characters borrowing a weapon before taking up the trail of man-eating lions.
Just... READ MORE
Could be Downhill from Here
By Clay Tiringer
Following the 2008 hunting season, I saw a great 9x7 whitetail that left me counting the days until the next one. All I could do was hope the buck survived the winter.
Immediately prior to the 2009 season, I went back to the area where I'd spotted the 16-pointer and discovered a perfect funnel - a creek bottom connecting bedding areas to the field... READ MORE
Thirty-Five Seasons and a Day
By Terry Pichler
Maybe my daughter expressed it best: "It was your day to shine, Dad!"
After 35 years of hunting deer in Wisconsin, my 15 minutes of fame came on opening day of the 2009 firearms season. The morning passed uneventfully; the evening hunt was over in a matter of minutes.
I spent four hours the morning of Nov. 21 sitting in my camouflaged aluminum ch... READ MORE
By Richard Gamber
My fourth year to hunt deer was 2009. The only buck to my credit, going into that season, wore a little 8-point basket rack. The first three years, I didn't have a good place to hunt, just my back yard and a small lot down the road. In 2008, my father-in-law took me to some land by a river he'd hunted for 25 years. I went with him twice, and saw be... READ MORE
One Acre and a Mule
By Mike Handley
Thirty-two years of deer hunting weren't enough to prepare Jerry Kassinger for the buck he shot with his crossbow last season in Ohio. He had no idea the animal's antlers would surpass the lofty 200-inch mark.
His first clue about the buck's caliber came when all the passers-by at the local check station whipped out their cell phones to photograph... READ MORE
In a Blink
By Jill J. Easton
Trophy bucks aren't easy to come by, even in some of the best deer country.
Dean Arrington found that out the hard way. By passing up a borderline buck, however, he got a much bigger reward. He drove home from Saskatchewan in 2008 with a rack that eclipsed any deer antlers he'd ever seen in Alabama.
The hunter made the long trip with his brother ... READ MORE
Will Work for Deer
By Jill J. Easton
LuciAn Norton had always dreamed of getting a monster deer. The unfortunate reality was that finances for the young Marine private were just too tight for him to join a lease or hunt with an outfitter. With little more than a love of deer hunting and no fear of the word "no," he approached John Bostic, the owner of Hunter's Roost Outfitters in Illi... READ MORE
By Mike Handley
If Dave Wachtel should happen to scoot through a turnstile, you'd best start looking for the confetti and balloons to drop. If he buys a lottery ticket, send the CPA to his address.
And if you invite the 37-year-old former restaurateur to hunt deer on your place - even if you stick him in the worst stand on the property - be prepared to drive him ... READ MORE
Hunting the Dead Zone
By Paul Jones
In the dozen vigils from my pond-side stand during New Jersey's almost three-month-long bow season in 2006, I never saw the buck that chose to show itself during the doe-only blackpowder season. Seeing such an off-limits animal in that mid-November setting was like looking at one of those paintings showing a monstrous whitetail behind a fencepost m... READ MORE
Nobody Said it Would be Easy
By Russell Shatto
I got into the deer hunting game late. Until a friend offered to teach me the ropes in exchange for sharing the hunting rights on another buddy's Clark County, Ohio, farm, I'd always been content to hunt small game. Lynn's property had been my rabbit, squirrel and pheasant haven for about five years. There weren't many deer when I first started hun... READ MORE
By Jill J. Easton
It was the second day of his second year hunting in Illinois, and Jarrod Toms was hot, tired and discouraged. He'd been lugging a stand and his bow since lunchtime. It was getting late, and he still hadn't found the right spot. Jarrod's wife had told him the night before that if he didn't bring home a big deer this time, it would be his last trip t... READ MORE
Backyard Buck: Lost and Found
By Chad Hartman
It all started with a new hire, Mark, whose desk faces mine. As we came to know one another, our conversations ranged from work, fishing and boating to hunting.
Mark had bought a house on the outskirts of Winona Lake, Ind., less than half a mile from the city limits. His lot is 2.5 acres with a creek running along the backside. He said deer move t... READ MORE