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The Briar Patch Bruiser
By Kyle Schwabenbauer -- On Oct. 27, 2007, I headed to northwest Pennsylvania for my last archery hunt of the season. Although the season didn't end until mid-November, I had plans to leave for Colorado for an elk hunt the first week of the month, s...

A Daughter's First Deer
By Mark Kimmel -- It was Oct. 15, 2005, and my daughter, Alex, and I were on the road for her first real deer hunt. Alex had accompanied me before on several hunts and had been by my side when I had harvested a couple of deer. She began shooting whe...

Never Give Up
By Allen Keith -- It was February 2005, and my father asked me what I wanted for Christmas. With the holidays still 10 months away, I knew he had something different up his sleeve this year. You see, at 34, Christmas gifts from Dad had long since be...

First Encounter With Buck Fever
By Jon Bryan -- At the opening of hunting season each year, the Georgia Game and Fish Department hosts a special deer hunt for kids between the ages of 12 and 14 on Sappelo Island, which lies several miles off of the Georgia coast between Savannah a...

Sights for Sore Eyes
By Tracy Breen -- Over the years, peep sights have become standard equipment on nearly every bow. Using a peep sight increases accuracy and consistency shot after shot, which is why professional archers use them. Most professional archers use sights...

Part 3: The Art & Science of Rattling White-tailed Deer
By Russell Thornberry -- Now that you understand how to handle the antlers and the various rattling sequence, I want to deal with a vital aspect of successful antler rattling. Utilizing one or more hunting partners while rattling ups the odds of suc...

Just Passion
By Jordan Kiser -- My passion for deer hunting is something that most kids will never experience. Most kids today find it more exciting to sit in front of a television or computer. Many kids think hunting is a waste of time or is too much of a physi...

Luck of the Draw
By Todd Ralstin -- My quest began in 1994 when one of my clients commented on a mount in my office. She proceeded to brag about her cousin Duwane Adams, who is a guide for Arizona Big Game Hunts of San Manuel, Ariz. I told her I had read of him and...

Blind Leading the Blind
By Christopher Neal -- During the 2007 season, my hunting partner and I were given the opportunity to hunt a tract of land that is to be developed into a residential subdivision next year. This land was once a hunting lease that had not been hunted ...

Big Buck Down
By Benjamin S. Hofer -- It was Nov. 5, 2006, and I made it to my stand around 6 a.m. The morning was slow, so I decided I should go have a sandwich back at camp. I reached for my pack and started to grab my bow when I heard what sounded like a pack ...

All in the Family
By Tony Harris -- It started out as a cold January morning. The rut was in full swing in the northern part of Alabama. It was my first year in a new club, and I had not had a lot of time to scout. The only place that I had time to look was apparentl...

Today's the Day
By Gina Rumbaugh -- It was Nov. 19, 2006, during the second day of rifle season. The alarm would be blaring any minute now. I thought to myself, how nice it would be to just turn it off and sleep in for change, but a little voice inside my head said...

Bad Day Gone Perfect
By Malcolm Whyte -- That season of the year is drawing near - a time when all whitetail hunters in Maryland begin the big count down to Sept. 15. Well, during this season, that day finally got here and to my dismay, while trekking through the woods...

Treasure in my Backyard
By Bill Ryan -- I awoke to pouring rain on Dec. 23, 2006. Disappointed, I went back to sleep. Around 8 a.m. I looked out the bedroom window to see a clearing sky. I decided to give the treestand in my back woods a try. I grabbed my bow and walked ...

The Rut is On
Text & Photos by Tommy Kirkland -- The trees have been battered and the ground torn apart. White-tailed bucks have left their mark through signpost activity. Now the ritual intensifies as antler clashing echoes and the chasing of does heightens....

Through a Father's Eyes
By Ross E. Hawkins -- To my surprise, the rain that was falling when I retired for the night had ceased when the alarm clock awoke me early on the morning of April 1, 2006. The plan for the morning was to accompany my son Gabriel, who had just celeb...

Grounded
By Tracy Breen -- Not long ago, many diehard hunters scoffed at the sight of pop-up ground blinds. Most serious hunters believed the blinds would be a short-lived fad. However, instead of going away, ground blind companies are popping up everywhere ...

Once in a Lifetime
By Tyson Baker -- This is one of the best and most bizarre days of deer hunting I have every experienced. It was the opening day of bow season in Kentucky on Sept. 2, 2006. The temperature during August was miserable. Then on the last day of the mon...

Plant Pear Trees and the Whitetails Will Come
By Tommy Kirkland -- You've tilled the land, adjusted the soil's pH, and labored endlessly for a productive food plot, consisting of clover and chicory. As the season is just about to get underway, an unexpected problem arises - only a few deer, mos...

Black Bears, Football and Birthdays
By Mark Alexander -- Why is an old man climbing up that holler through all that thick brush? With all that coughing, huffing and wheezing, he's gonna have a heart attack, and I'll have to cut my hunt short and take him to the hospital. Public land, ...
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