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Hold off for the BIG One!
-- On November 26, 2012, my brother Bill and I left camp at 5:30 a.m. to go rifle hunting on our place in Tioga County, Penn. Before leaving, our brother Chris came downstairs to wish us well on a safe hunt. Later that day, I would remember his advice: "Hold off for the big one." As Bill and I drove to our hunting area, all was quiet in the truck. I was feeling anxious about my spot, because I'd seen a lot of buck si...
 

Stars of the Trail Cam
-- Although my husband, Ed, and I live in New York, my story takes place in Georgia, less than 300 yards from the Chattahoochee River which separates Georgia and Alabama. I've lost count of how many times I've visited those woods, but some months it's almost every day, in hopes of taking my first buck. It felt pretty much like any other morning as I headed to my treestand, except this time I left home early enough t...
 

The Best Aunt Ever
-- I had left school early to get to my hunting spot at the right time. I traveled to a field on our family farm in Carroll County, Ohio, and put a hang-on stand in an old tree where my Great Aunt Kay used to hunt. She passed on a few years ago, but I'll always remember her for her love of hunting. After hanging the stand, I went down and had lunch with my grandfather. Shortly afterward, I headed out with my shotgun f...
 

Best Moment, Hands Down!
-- When I was in elementary school, I randomly came across a deer hunting computer game. Believe it or not, that's where my desire to go deer hunting started. I quickly became extremely interested, and when I was in 5th grade I got my first hunting license. It wasn't until I reached the 8th grade, and Ohio's 2007 Youth Deer Season arrived, that everything changed. My dad, Chuck Farrar, and I sat in our stand for hou...
 

Honeymoon in Camo!
-- My wife Sunny and I got married last October. Before our marriage, she had no experience with hunting whatsoever. Since I'd grown up in an outdoors family and hunting is a huge part of our lives, I wanted to take my new bride to shoot my .22-250 as soon as possible. My goal was to teach her about firearms and safety before letting her decide for herself if she wanted to hunt, too. Before our wedding, Sunny had n...
 

'It's On!'
-- My son, Lance Johnson, was 9 years old on the opening morning of Alabama's 2012 Youth Turkey Hunt, three years after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This is the story of his first turkey. Despite difficulties of living with diabetes, Lance is passionate about turkey hunting, and this was his second season in the turkey woods. Last year, unfortunately, if anything could have gone wrong, it did: poachers, st...
 

My Lucky Arrow!
-- After hunting for seven years without luck, I couldn't believe the unusual way I came to shoot my first deer on November 12, 2012. Before Missouri's rifle season opened, I decided to go to my deer camp near Riverton to bowhunt. For the first couple of days, I sat long hours without seeing much of anything. I got so bored I decided to see if I could collect one of the many squirrels near my stand. At least I'd h...
 

Zach Bags Mr. Big
-- When Zach Barker, my 12-year old grandson, asked me if I would take him deer hunting because he'd been playing fall baseball for weeks and had yet to go hunting, I was ready. The next day after school, we purchased Zach's Ohio hunting license and deer tag. We set up in a ground blind in a strip of woods on a field edge. We were there about a half hour when Zach whispered that he saw a deer. A doe crossed the fi...
 

For the Love of Longbeards
-- I've always been a little selfish with turkeys. I don't allow just anyone to take one of these amazing creatures off my property. But when my little brother, Austin, called and asked to hunt, I couldn't say no, but I had stipulations. I let him know I'd only heard two gobblers all season. Those birds stayed together, and I didn't want more than one of them shot. I was hesitant to give permission, but I wanted Aus...
 
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