Kansas Has a New Hunter!
-- Two years ago, my son Bryce wanted to try deer hunting. At age nine, he wasn’t quite strong enough to draw poundage adequate for bowhunting, so we chose a rifle.
During several outings, Bryce endured some very cold and harsh Midwest winter conditions, but he fared much better than I’d expected.
On our first rifle hunt, he passed on a small buck in hope of seeing a bigger one. This was his choice. Unfortunately, a...
Veteran's Day Dream!
-- I was hunting in North Carolina on a very cold Veteran’s Day morning in 2013 with my 73-year-old, handicapped father when the flash of antlers caught our attention.
Quickly, as the buck moved through the pines, I lifted my Savage muzzleloader into position and peered through my binoculars as the rack headed toward an opening.
“Wow, he has some really tall points,” I whispered to my Dad, James Potts. “What do you ...
Station Me in Ohio!
-- I'm 29 years old and am currently serving in the United States Coast Guard. The service has kept me moving around for the past five years.
Because I have been hunting since I was 10 years old and I’m a big advocate for archery and bowhunting, I was excited when my orders came for a move to Ohio.
I relocated there on October 15, 2013, and had to hit the ground running in order to acquire hunting property in time t...
Hunter Does Papa's .30-30 Proud
-- My husband, our two sons Hunter and Seth and I moved from Tennessee to Moneta, Virginia, in May of 2013. We’d been looking forward to the chance to go hunting together as a family all year long, so we decided not to travel back to Tennessee for Thanksgiving.
Hunter, our 13-year-old son, had been bowhunting earlier in the season on our neighbor’s property, but decided he wanted all of us to go on Thanksgiving...
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 ...