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The Doghouse Buckmasters

The Doghouse Buckmasters

By Mike Handley

Don Vinson might have been the happiest deer hunter in Georgia on Nov. 10, 2011, but he hated to share the news with his wife, Paula, who was sure to be the unhappiest. “We found him,” he stammered. “It’s Airplane.” Her buck. Don had shot her buck. He hadn’t set out to shoot that deer, the one Paula had claimed f... READ MORE

King Slayer

King Slayer

By Jill J. Easton

If Kyle Sims were ugly or mean, his might be the name affiliated with the biggest typical whitetail that hit the dirt in Kansas last season. Now he’ll have to marry his girlfriend, Rachelle Karl, if he wants to see that buck hanging on his wall. ‘“Go take a hunter safety course, and then we can go out.’ That’s what Kyl... READ MORE

How to Shush a Grumbling Stomach

How to Shush a Grumbling Stomach

By Mike Handley

Not saying anything was the hard part. Greg Murray looked from the buck to his 12-year-old son, Gunnar, and then back to the deer. Last season was only the boy’s third, so Greg wanted to reassure him, to calm him, or maybe to talk him through squeezing the trigger. At the very least, he wanted to point out that there were two bucks, and the o... READ MORE

Scope Full of Brown

Scope Full of Brown

By Mike Handley

A Black Belt Oldie Finally Gets Its Due! Old times there are forgotten. What the boll weevil started in this former land of cotton, plummeting corn and soybean prices surely finished. Since 1990, Perry County, Ala., has lost a full third of its job-hungry residents, and vast stretches of land, no longer farmed, are used to grow pine trees, catfish ... READ MORE

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

By Mike Handley

Where you hunt is often more important than how high. Thirty-eight years of bowhunting whitetails has made James Yelton a bit squirrelly about scent control. So convinced that he’s the orange mist inside a riot cop’s spray can, the lone spud that sours an entire bag of potatoes, or the hapless “before” guy in a deodorant com... READ MORE

Dorothy I’m Not

Dorothy I’m Not

By Jay Hickey

There’s no place like home and home wasn’t Kansas. Deer hunters with unfilled tags and two days left to fill them aren’t especially eager to see the great state of Kansas in their rearview mirrors. But when I realized southwest Arkansas was about to be hit by a rare southerly breeze, I couldn’t pack for home fast enough. Not... READ MORE

Phoning Ethan

Phoning Ethan

By Mike Handley

Ethan Vinson might forever rue the day he chose not to sit in a ladder stand behind his father’s house in south Georgia. He suspected it the moment the telephone rang — too early on a Sunday morning to be a casual call and hello. He knew it the moment he heard the smile in the voice on the other end of the line. “How’s your ... READ MORE

No Glasses Required

No Glasses Required

By Lisa Price

Louisiana bowhunter Rusty Thompson rubbed his eyes, shook his head, and then trudged to the swiss-cheesed target to pull out the spray of arrows. He couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t getting consistent groups. Almost halfway into his fifth decade on the planet, four of those as an archery addict, he’d never had setup problems like... READ MORE

The One That Didn’t Get Away

The One That Didn’t Get Away

By Rob Meade

Jerrode Jones and his fiancée, Kayla, like to spend summer evenings videotaping bucks in the bean fields of southern Ohio. In August 2011, the couple was sitting in a fencerow at dusk. They had just recorded several minutes of footage of a 150- to 160-class buck, and it was almost time to go. Jerrode was putting up the camera, when his sweet... READ MORE

Where the Clouds are Black and Bite

Where the Clouds are Black and Bite

By Jill J. Easton

When the worst that can happen if one tries and fails is the same as what will certainly happen by doing nothing, what is there to lose? Raif Richardson knew the risks of being seen when he threw caution to the wind and, doing his best Quasimodo imitation, began lumbering across the chest-high canola field to intercept a buck that he couldn’t... READ MORE

Unbeknownst

Unbeknownst

By Ed Waite

Buddies Carl Morris Jr. and Jeremy Martin were convinced that the bull of their woods was a photogenic 12-pointer with a gleaming white rack. Of the many deer their trail cameras photographed during the weeks leading up to Ohio’s 2011 season, the big 6x6 stood out like a Brahma in a goat pen. Understandably, that buck was at the top of their ... READ MORE

Curtain Call in Missouri

Curtain Call in Missouri

By Tim Lurk

Tim Lurk finally got the proverbial cigar when this 19-pointer came right to his lap on the final day of his 2011 bowhunt in northwestern Missouri. When my favorite time of year finally arrived in 2011, my dad, brother and I headed north of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., for some bowhunting. There’s nothing like those first 10 days of November. We&rsqu... READ MORE

Black Thursday

Black Thursday

By Travis Hogan

Colton Lowry’s 17-pointer from Norton County is the 30th largest Irregular felled by a rifleman in Kansas. The yard was like a parking lot, the farmer’s shop a veritable Wal-Mart on Black Friday. But it was the first Thursday in December, and the crowd wasn’t there to find a deal on a flatscreen TV or the must-have toy du jour. Th... READ MORE

Double Blessing

Double Blessing

By John W. Konkel

The first minute of my election-day 2012 hunt, and an 8-point buck was on the ground just 10 yards from me! A neck shot had dropped it, and for a freezer hunter like me, this was a pretty nice buck. Little did I know, however, that this basket-racked 4x4 would soon be dwarfed by another. I had hunted on Saturday, the muzzleloader opener, without an... READ MORE

Lemonade Never Tasted So Sweet

Lemonade Never Tasted So Sweet

By Scott Siefert

In 2012, my bosses and I decided to lease ground in Pike County, Ill. I’d lived there for two years, so I knew the area intimately, though I’d never hunted any of the private land. I knew that Pike County is a land of giants, the kind of place that could provide us all with deer of a lifetime. A good friend who I met while living in Ill... READ MORE

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