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...
Pass It On Down
-- As someone born and raised in rural South Georgia, I'm blessed to have grown up knowing the joy and excitement of hunting deer, turkey, dove, quail and hogs.
To this day, I can vividly recall getting buck fever when my first big whitetail appeared. When my son Walker was born, I knew right away I wanted to share with him all the wonderful aspects of the outdoors I'd grown to love.
I purchased Walker's first gun ...
Med School Hooky!
-- By the time I reached med school, I realized I hadn't drawn a bow since I was a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison three years earlier. School certainly prevented me from hunting as much as I'd have liked. Blame it on lots of midterms and term papers.
However, in 2012 I made a goal of getting into the woods as much as possible even though it was my first semester of med school.
I couldn't wait for the l...
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 ...