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Daddy Sang Tenor

Daddy Sang Tenor

By Mike Handley

Some men squeak when they see rats, snakes or spiders. It takes a dead buck - a big one - for Bill Nadeau to sing tenor. That said, the deer hunter from Indiahoma, Oklahoma, outsang Luciano Pavarotti on Nov. 3. While looking for the buck he shot that afternoon, Bill called a buddy, Kris Borden. The phone was to his ear when he found first blood, an... READ MORE

Two for Two

Two for Two

By Mike Handley

After a lifetime of fantasizing about hunting deer in far-flung places, Arkansas hunter Mike Novak lived the dream twice in 2017. Friends invited him to hunt in both Illinois and Ohio. He originally declined the latter because the proposed dates overlapped, but he didn’t count on filling his first tag an hour and a half into his Illinois stin... READ MORE

A Different Kind of Crown

A Different Kind of Crown

By Mike Handley

Deer hunters in St. Francisville have some of the whitest, best-tended choppers in all of Louisiana. That’s because Dr. Frank Sullivan’s office has monstrous picture windows overlooking a wooded back lot, and whitetails come to a couple of feeders long before sunset. Until last fall, one of the backyard bucks was a walking legend. The d... READ MORE

Long Time Coming

Long Time Coming

By Mike Handley

Nineteen-year-old Luke Lohan might be flying blind when he climbs his next treestand. The kid from St. Clairsville hunted the same Ohio buck for three seasons before removing it from his most-wanted list in 2017. So unless his trail cameras yield some new incentive this summer, he’ll head afield with only fingers crossed. Luke is a heavy equi... READ MORE

CCTV, Kansas Style

CCTV, Kansas Style

By Mike Handley

Ethan Lorance knows the value of eyes in the sky, or at least on the ground. The 25-year-old pipefitter from Bonner Springs, Kansas, employed several trail cameras to learn as much as he could about the buck that made him a social media star this fall. Ethan retrieved his first trail cam photograph of the unique buck in June 2016, when it was a 5x5... READ MORE

Big Dank Down

Big Dank Down

By Mike Handley

Tim Starkey’s friends can breathe a sigh of relief. The 25-year-old oil field worker has buck meat, which means the jerky is about to flow. He’ll continue to give it away, but this batch will cost him a lot more than he normally spends for spices. His taxidermist can vouch for that. Tim’s was one of the first Oklahoma bucks liked ... READ MORE

North Carolina Prize

North Carolina Prize

By Mike Handley

Work, school and parenting leave little time for Chris Carter to indulge his passion for deer hunting. The 27-year-old electrical engineer from Raleigh, North Carolina, calls himself a weekend warrior, but even that’s a stretch since he rarely hunts on Sundays. He’s more a Saturday warrior. In fact, the only reason he went afield on Oct... READ MORE

Grunt Three Times

Grunt Three Times

By Mike Handley

If a bowhunter grunts in a forest and a buck is around to hear it, does that mean it’s working? If Austin Nord wasn’t already a fan of grunt calls prior to Oct. 5, 2017, he’s now a firm believer. The 25-year-old from Bloomington, Illinois, credits deerspeak with drawing an incredible 31-pointer to his arrow that day. Austin hunted... READ MORE

Piano Man

Piano Man

By Mike Handley

The rattling bag Geoffrey Henry bought just prior to Louisiana’s Oct. 1, 2017, bow opener was worth every penny. The security guard from Start, Louisiana, picked it up at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop, after a couple of buddies in the store’s archery shop suggested the tactic. Geoffrey first became aware of the deer when he r... READ MORE

Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

By Mike Handley

Paying fanatical attention to scent control might be the only reason Ben Anderson and his buddy of six years, Levi Tussey, got away with hunting from the same stands for a week and a half. The North Carolina hunters wouldn’t normally put that much pressure on a place or a deer, but they had plenty of incentive in 2017. They were mesmerized by... READ MORE

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