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Buck Fever
While preparing for a Colorado elk hunt, I was trying to establish a 50-yard pin. The sight pin bulb was covering my spot on the target, making it difficult to concentrate on it. I was high-tech back then, with a painted bulb on the end of the brass sight pin. The bulb end of my 20-yard pin had broken off, and I had become accustomed to using the broken pointed end. As I considered my options, it made sense to just change out the 50- and 20-yard pins. Now I could use the point of the broken pin and still see my spot on the target. Later that fall, I was sitting in a treestand hunting an area called Big Rub Draw. This area contained the largest rubs that I had ever seen, mostly on hickory trees that were 12 to 16 inches in diameter. These trees were shredded past the cambium, clear into heartwood. I had hunted this area for several years, figuring out what was going on. In prior seasons I hunted it during the rut and saw lots of bucks, but none were of the caliber I though... More

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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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