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The Horse of Muskingum County
-- "It was getting late and Dad just plopped down on his bucket to wait." That's the way Bob Hermen's son, Ken, began describing his father's hunt for the true monster buck that people had seen prowling a little corner of Ohio for at least three deer seasons. Whitetail hunters in Muskingum County take their pursuit seriously. The deer there grow as fat as cattle by grazing on corn and soybeans, and thriving in nearl...
 

Letter to an Airman
-- Dear Ryan, I SHOT MY FIRST DEER THIS WEEKEND! So heres what happened, first, we saw a six point then, we saw two does one bigger than the other. I told my dad I was nervous but he said, "Get back down there and shoot that deer." So I got down and looked through the scope. My dad asked me if I saw it and I said, "Yes." Then he told me to put the crosshairs on the deers shoulder so I did then I took the shot. My dad saw ...
 

Bear of a Different Flavor
-- My quest for a color phase black bear began about three years ago. This came after I'd harvested my third standard colored black bear. I'm always up for the challenge of something different, so with three black bears to my name, this was the year for something special. I was hunting in Saskatchewan, Canada with Mike and Erin Grundman of Saskadrenaline Outfitters. The previous year, Mike said he planned to hunt ...
 

Tennessee Roller Coaster Ride
-- This trip with my 11-year-old grandson, Kruz, didn't start out like the previous five years. This year was different and we both knew it. Both of us were filled with anticipation of a successful hunting trip, of bringing home antlers or at least some deer meat.  A slot finally opened on a lease I'd wanted to join for several years. It was with friends from church, and a five-hour drive across Tennessee, but I...
 

Drop Tine Blues
-- I have lived my whole life in Louisiana, and ever since I was in diapers, I have loved the outdoors. I started bowhunting six years ago and found it to be the most rewarding and frustrating hunting of my life. In other words, I'm hooked. Three years ago, my friend Whit Applegate and I decided to find a lease in Kansas. It took us a year and a half, but after countless hours, multiple road trips and knocking on hu...
 

From Jane Doe to John Deer
-- The story of my very first buck, which I took with a bow on Oct. 13, 2011, near Woodward, Iowa, begins around 6 a.m. when I'd noticed a dark object about 300 yards away. I didn't pay much attention to it since it was so far away. About 30 minutes later, I noticed it was gone, so I started scanning a fence line and eventually spotted the deer. It was about 100 yards away at that point and getting closer, yet stil...
 

All Smiles and Tears in Texas!
-- I'm an avid bow hunter and shot my first deer with a rifle at age four, so it's important to me to bring my family into the sport at an early age. My oldest daughter Josslyn is 6-years-old, and had been shooting a .22 rifle for about a year. She'd even taken a raccoon as her first animal at age five, so I figured she was ready to try deer hunting this season. We started practicing with a crossbow before bow seas...
 

It'll wait for Dad
-- After 25 years of hunting with my father, Ronny, and the two of us trying to take a big buck while hunting together, I finally got the big one. My stand overlooked a small, planted cutover strip in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. I was getting ready to pack up and leave when suddenly, someone fired a shot in the distance. A buck raised its head in the cutover near the green strip. If it wasn't for that shot, I'd have...
 

Life's Lessons on Opening Day
-- Back on a high ridge along an old cut trail stood a young man inside a makeshift hunting blind. Light filtered down through the trees, mixing with the mist that was rising from the earth. The smells, the quietness, the coolness - I can still picture moss growing on the tree trunks, dew dripping from leaves and water trickling through the little creek. It was my first deer hunt. I was dressed in a hand-me-down ora...
 
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