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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, ...

The Skeeter Buck
By Justin Knight -- It was the first week of the 2006 muzzleloader season in central Arkansas. I had talked my supervisor into letting me come into work early so I could leave early to go hunting. The opening weekend had started off well, with decen...

What is so Hard About This?
By Susan Aleksa -- My husband was a big deer hunter before we were married. In fact, the day I met him, he had just returned from a hunt in Colorado. Since that time, I have learned a lot about deer hunting. He also taught our two sons to hunt. ...

The Wait is Over
By Matthew Moroz -- I have been bowhunting for 17 years, and that trophy buck has eluded me each season -- until last year when a beautiful 11-point non-typical whitetail came strolling in with the help of my buck call. It was a partly sunny mornin...

Clothing Choices for Frigid Conditions
By John M. Moschella -- Hunting in frigid conditions does not have to be an exercise in survival, providing the hunter is equipped with the right gear to make that all-day sit more comfortable. In the quest for a trophy, the name of the game is sp...

Every Point Counts
By Carl Redding -- It was an ice cold morning during the start of southwestern Pennsylvania's rut. I was going to be hunting with a buddy of mine on a small piece of private property near the West Virginia border. The air was frosty cold with the te...

Newspaper Polls America: What Does the Second Amendment Mean?
From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance   For decades, Americans have debated whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution affords individuals the right to keep guns. Today is your chance to be heard on the issue.   USA Today's Quick Qu...

The Season to Remember
By Jessica LaMontagne -- During the 2003 deer season, my dad took a 10-point buck. I witnessed the whole thing! I think I was in a bit of shock, but felt super lucky to be hunting with my Daddy that day. It was quite thrilling and exciting to watch ...

Late Season Field of Dreams
By Michael Lee -- As the sun sank low on the horizon, the temperature slowly began to dip. The January air let me know how low the temperature was dropping, as I could clearly see my breath as last shooting light approached. Glassing the edge of the...

Daddy, I Want to Go!
By Marty Shaffer -- "Daddy, I want to go!" Delaney, my 5-year-old daughter, enthusiastically awaited the reply. The answer was as certain as the sun coming up in the East. "You bet!" I replied. This would be Delaney's first ve...
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