Poetry in Motion
-- The story about my first deer hunt really started Christmas of 2008 when my parents got me my first gun, a .22 caliber Cricket.
My dad, Rich, and I started shooting at our sportsmen club and I got better each time.
For years, I kept shooting my .22, but in 2012 I wanted to shoot a bigger gun.
While I was away visiting my grandparents that summer, Dad bought me a .243 rifle. I practiced regularly with it unti...
In the Blink of an Eye
-- November 8, 2008 is a date that will live with me forever. I was definitely at the right place at the right time, and sheer luck was on my side that entire day.
It was unusually cold in northern Louisiana, and my feet were simply extensions of my legs.
My LaCrosse Granges, or what I call the official state boot, didn't offer a break from the cold because they had absolutely no insulation. I didn't think I'd need ...
Opening Day Sister Act!
-- During Missouri's 2012 Fall Youth Season, my sister Coti and I attended with high hopes of getting lucky. I am 13 years old and she is 11.
On opening day, I sat with my uncle and my father accompanied Coti in a different stand. First, we all met up at a field an hour before daylight.
Soon, we set off to go to our separate spots; mine in an open CRP field and Coti's in the timber.
Eventually, we made it to ...
Catoosa County Countdown
-- Being a novice hunter, I needed all the help I could get.
A couple of my hunting friends must've answered about a thousand of my questions, and I searched YouTube for videos about every aspect of deer hunting I could possibly think of.
I spent hours constructing a homemade ground blind, setting up trail cams, studying the photos and practicing relentlessly with a crossbow I'd traded for a few months before the ...
Patience of a Child
-- I want to tell you a story of a shy child who has been taught a great love for the outdoors by his father and has displayed patience that truly amazes me.
Landon Hooper was only eight when he took his first deer in Fisherville, Kentucky. It was a nice-sized doe. The following year, at the age of nine, Landon got his first buck.
I'm so incredibly impressed a child this young had the patience to sit quietly in a b...
-- You might remember Indiana's Danny Terril, who made the BTR Record Book in 2011 with a buck scoring 169 3/8 inches composite. Unfortunately, last season Danny was struck with pancreatic cancer.
On September 24, 2012, the avid bowhunter had a major surgery to remove a sizable life-threatening tumor in his pancreas. Always one with a sense of humor, I will never forget Danny lying in the recovery room, saying...
Bucket List Buck
-- Before I get to the story of my buck, I have to tell a little bit about what I went through and what transpired before this hunt.
I'm from Germantown, Ohio, a small rural town in southwestern Montgomery County. In January of 2009, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
As a man of strong faith, I'd been praying for help. It was at a Wednesday night church service when my pastor taught me that...
Don't Mess with Mamma!
-- Our son Cameron plays baseball for Victory University in Memphis, Tenn. While home from school a few years ago, he learned a lesson: Never underestimate a woman, and never, EVER, mess with Mamma, even if Mamma didn't grow up in the country.
To preface the story, my wife Susan is a city girl, and for her, hunting is finding a bargain at Macy's. She certainly didn't understand late one Saturday night when Cameron a...
Crazy Weather, Crazier Hunter
-- It was an extremely wet and cold Halloween day in Dayton, Penn., when I hunted on my family farm located about an hour northeast of Pittsburg.
Snow and heavy rains were arriving from a hurricane tearing through the East Coast, and I was soaked to the bone before I even got to my treestand.
I thought I must be crazy to hike to that ridgeline 30 minutes before daylight in that kind of weather. Although it was cold...