2011: The Chris Brazzell Buck
By Chris Brazzell
Leaving my November playground in Nebraska wasn't easy, but I'd agreed to join my pastor, Shane Warren, and his friend, Ken Roark, in Ohio. So after six days of bowhunting the Cornhusker State, I boarded a plane in Lincoln and flew to Columbus.
Soon after arriving, I discovered I'd be hunting public land, and I immediately regretted leaving Nebras... READ MORE
2010: The Clay Tiringer Buck
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 ... READ MORE
2009 Cowinner: The Kyle Simmons Buck
By Mike Handley
Because he rarely asks for time off from his job, inclement weather usually dictates when Kyle Simmons can go hunting. The demand for firewood near Spragueville, Iowa, keeps him busy for 60 or more hours a week.
But last October, the 24-year-old saw the stars aligning and asked his boss for an uncharacteristically long weekend.
Rain had ushered i... READ MORE
2009 Cowinner: The Bob Decker Buck
By Bob Decker
My 2008 hunting season started as soon as Wisconsin’s ’07 season ended. My hunting partner, Paul Olson, and I made numerous trips from Eau Claire to our hunting lease in Buffalo County in January and February to check trail cameras and fine-tune stand locations.
Trail cameras revealed that several good bucks had survived the hunting se... READ MORE
2008: The Ben Knisley Buck
By Keith Snider
For Ben Knisley, a "good" deer season is defined by how much time he’s able to spend in the woods with family and friends. Filling a tag always comes second to the young Minnesotan, and he’s not picky when opportunity knocks.
The 2006 season was good on both counts. Not only did Ben shoot a buck (a serious understatement), but he also ... READ MORE
2007 Cowinner: The Johnny King Buck
By Mike Handley
The two men approached the downed buck cautiously, from different sides. Johnny King’s bullets had dropped the enormous whitetail, but Brad Heisz, who’d answered his cousin’s desperate call for help, had obligingly administered the coup de grace.
Brad reached it first, while Johnny was circling around in front. He knelt, grasped ... READ MORE