The Elusive Black Deer
-- Hovering over my rifle, I observed a rare black phased whitetail buck through my riflescope as it gazed toward the doe that had just jumped the fence on my property line. I couldn't control my hands shaking which threatened the culmination of my deer season and a lot of preparation for this moment. This 36 degree Texas Hill Country evening's blast of cold air was a departure from the 80 degree weather I'd left in my...
King for a Day
-- On November 9, 2012 I harvested a beautiful 17-pointer in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, but my story starts a couple weeks earlier. On October 26, I was hunting in the stand we call the Honey Hole. It was about 4:30 p.m. when I heard the crunching of leaves and spotted a rack coming through the thicket. It was a nice 8-pointer. I grabbed my bow, stood up and shot when the buck stopped at 30 yards. Immediately, I ...
"I've Got This!"
-- Picture a petite 15-year-old girl sitting all alone, waiting for a chance to get her first big buck. The 4', 9", 100-pound cheerleader from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina had the time of her life during a Nebraska deer hunt where her brother, some close family friends and I accompanied her. Addison Johnson is my daughter. Earlier in the week, she had seen a large 12-point buck and had her heart set on it. Other hunters...
-- I've been hunting deer since I was a teenager, chasing both bucks and does, and I always dreamed someday I'd take a really big buck. I am 35-years-old and as of November 4, I can now officially say I've taken a huge buck - maybe even a record book animal! Before the season began, I had set out trail cameras and captured photos of a double-droptine buck. I told myself, that's the one! That's the one I'm going go after t...
With Antlers to Boot!
-- I woke up that morning knowing it was the perfect morning to shoot a deer.
It was 36 degrees, and the rut was in full swing. I had an either-sex tag, and my main goal was to simply shoot a deer to put meat in the freezer - any deer. I didn't even care if it was a buck or a doe, as long as it was a healthy deer.
There was a 3 mph wind blowing directly in my face, which was perfect. After being in the stand for no...
My Monster Buck!
-- My daughter is 10-year-old Cameron Martin of Lexington, Miss. She got her first buck on November 8, 2012. It is a heck of a first buck for anyone, and I am proud to help her write her story for you! She wants to title it "My Monster Buck!"
It all started when I was sitting in the pivot stand, playing on my phone. My daddy called my name. He was very excited and nervous.
He told me to settle down, but he was shaki...
My Kind of Fun!
-- After a freak accident to my left hand, I didn't want to give up bowhunting. I practiced through the pain because I really wanted to take another buck with my compound bow. Tonight, I did it!
It was a slow recovery, but eventually I built back enough confidence to shoot out to 30 yards. My hand got stronger every day, but using the fine motor skills for working a buckle or turning a screwdriver remained frustrati...
Pride of Her Forefathers
I am so proud of my 11-year-old daughter!
Kaylin had been hunting with me before, but it wasn't until this past spring she began to show real interest in bagging her first deer. This 2012 season has been her first year for actually doing the shooting.
She worked hard preparing food plots, hanging stands and building blinds on our farm in Northern Kentucky. Kaylin has really taken a positive interest in the outd...
Happy Birthday to Me!
-- I met George Popovich of Carolina Whitetail Outfitters in January 2008 at the Yankee Sportsman's Classic in Essex, Vermont. He had a little booth set up with a dry-erase board that read: Three Day Hunt, Three deer, $1,000.
The sign really caught my attention, and after talking with George, it seemed like a great deal. Unfortunately, I'd already booked a hunt for black bear in Maine for September that year, but I ...