BBD (Bama Buck Down!)
-- Tuesday, December 14, 2009, started out like many days for Keith Maddox, rising before 5 a.m. to go hunting. Little did he know that what he'd see later that day would dominate his every thought for the next 17 days.
The rut was in its early stages in northeast Alabama, and Keith realized the next couple of weeks would bring the season's best chances for bagging a mature whitetail buck.
With the acorns mostly go...
No More Pickin' on Paula
-- Back when my husband Craig and I were dating, my future father-in-law and I would aggravate each other to death, especially about hunting. Back then I'd never killed anything bigger than an insect.
When we'd visit Craig's dad Tim he was always, and I mean always, watching hunting shows on TV. As a nonhunter, that drove me crazy.
One time, several family members were watching a show, and right before the hunter wa...
The Ghost of the County
-- I've only been a bowhunter for two seasons, and last year I successfully harvested my career-best buck, a 10-pointer. This season I was successful again, but with a totally different type of trophy buck.
My father and I had watched a beautiful piebald deer for a couple of years, since it was a buttonhead. The problem was it always stayed with a group of does in a thick cutover, about 400 yards from the landowner's...
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...