Rage in the Cage!
-- My bowhunting adventure started on typical Friday night, hanging out with my buddies and playing some pool. Since each of us had put in lots of time in the woods without much to show for it this season, we devised a game plan for the following morning.
Someone was going to get a deer.
The rut was kicking in, the temperature was dropping and corn was still standing around my friend Adam Davis’ hunting spot. ...
Long Live Maxximus
-- For 423 days, my husband Lance and I observed a whitetail buck we'd nicknamed Maxximus. Before our eyes, it transformed from a velvet-antlered buck with potential into a true Kansas giant.
This beast of a buck had over 230 inches of massive bone atop its head and too many points to count.
Lance and I are avid bowhunters and anticipated the epic celebration we knew would follow after one of us stuck the legen...
Big Ten in the Buckeye State
-- After watching a big 10-pointer for two seasons, I finally got my shot at it on the evening of October 25, 2013.
I discovered this buck on my trail camera last year on my family’s 200-acre farm in Licking County, Ohio.
After capturing several photos, my cousin and I estimated the buck would push 140 inches. I knew if I ever saw this buck underneath my stand, it would be hard to pass up.
However I didn’t have to wo...
A Buck is Coming In!
-- My husband Rick and I recently acquired a new property to hunt in Berrien County, Michigan, so we started preparations by doing our homework.
Rick spent countless hours walking the terrain and becoming familiar with the area. He set up trail cams where there appeared to be lots of deer traffic.
Once the travel patterns were established, we scouted the best spots for treestands and ground blinds.
One cool Saturda...
Hooked On Hook
-- This past October, I watched my 9-year-old son Brandon accomplish something I haven’t been able to do in 36 years of hunting.
For years, I’ve monitored trail cameras, trying to find that perfect buck, but every season I wind up settling for a lesser deer. I never see the monster I’m after, but this year my son showed me how to make it happen.
In June 2013, Brandon helped me pick out a new site for a ground blind ...
Determination, Flip Flops and a Muzzleloader
-- I'm a 28-year-old homegrown Kansas girl who rarely gets time to hunt. This might seem a little strange since my husband Josh and I are in the outfitting business, our seventh year, in fact.
But as the busy mother of two boys, Easton and Wyatt, and with business in full swing at Kickin' Tail Outfitters, I didn't think I'd get to go at all this season.
On September 16, 2013, Josh and I were lucky enough to find tim...
Don't Tell Dad...Yet
-- Each fall my dad Art League takes a hunting trip somewhere in the Midwest or Texas. I’ve been to Kansas with him twice, but the years I haven’t gone, I’ve been very successful back here in North Carolina.
In fact, on Dad’s first Kansas trip four years ago, I shot a great buck from his stand, but this year, I did ever better!
Most everything I know about hunting I learned from my father. From an early age, I develo...
Off of the Sidelines
-- I readily admit, I grew up in a non-hunting family and had always considered myself an animal lover. I would've never considered trying hunting until I met my future husband, outdoor writer Mike Lambeth.
Mike is an avid bowhunter, and I enjoyed watching him shoot on several occasions. He took the time to explain his hobby to me in a way that actually made sense.
We married soon after we met, and Mike suggested I ...
Like a Ton of Bricks
-- Tennessee’s deer season arrived; it started like most, with excitement, anticipation and me hardly being able to wait to see what kind of deer our family would harvest.
In October, my Dad was driving to work when he spotted a very good buck with a unique left side to its rack.
He and my stepmother only have about 10 acres to hunt, so seeing a monster buck was big news, although we’ve taken a few decent bucks there...