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Public Land Yields One of Kentucky’s Finest in 2014

Public Land Yields One of Kentucky’s Finest in 2014

By Mike Handley

Twenty-one-year-old Cody Likin smoked a 150-class buck in 2013, the first year he hunted the Nicholas County wildlife management area his uncle had recommended. When he scored the following year, he was carrying his bow instead of a blackpowder rifle. Cody is a student at Eastern Kentucky University. He lives in Laurel County, about two hours south... READ MORE

Kentucky’s best Perfect from 2017

Kentucky’s best Perfect from 2017

By Mike Handley

You’d think a sustained, countywide effort to wipe out feral hogs might push resident whitetails – particularly mature bucks – into another zip code. You just can’t put that kind of pressure on a deer that’s survived four or more hunting seasons, right? That’s what Jim Thompson of Frankfort, Kentucky, thought. Wh... READ MORE

Fool Me Once …

Fool Me Once …

By Mike Handley

Going into Louisiana’s 2017 deer season, Charles Brossette knew at least one decent buck was living in the 600 acres he hunts in Natchitoches Parish. A trail camera had snapped one photograph of it, a sideways view that, while impressive, did little justice to the 180-plus-inch rack. Charles got a much better look at the animal when he actual... READ MORE

On Their Own, Until Afterward

On Their Own, Until Afterward

By Mike Handley

Sixteen-year-olds Jackson Hicks and Chase Sollis hunted together, by themselves, on Sept. 24, 2017, which is rare. Their fathers are not completely sold on the idea of the boys hunting steep, rattlesnake-strewn hills an hour’s drive from home. This isn’t to say the teenagers weren’t experienced enough, however. Both have been tagg... READ MORE

The Do-over

The Do-over

By Mike Handley

Adam Cartright heard about the top-heavy Illinois deer he wound up shooting in 2017 long before he saw it. In addition to grapevine gossip, a friend photographed the deer from a parked combine, pictures of the buck in a Clay County soybean field were shared on Facebook, and one of Adam’s trail cameras captured several images. He named the dee... READ MORE

From Bust to Boom

From Bust to Boom

By Mike Handley

Brandon Myers slipped an arrow through this drop-tined buck just nine hours after it walked past his trail camera. The Ohio bowhunter had dedicated most of his 2017 season to hunting another buck on another property where he’d seen it cross the road. He wound up getting a 35-yard shot at the deer, but the arrow flew high and only shaved hair ... READ MORE

The Bean Field Buck

The Bean Field Buck

By Mike Handley

Mel Johnson, the Illinois bowhunter whose 1965 buck remains one of the longest-reigning world records in the BTR, died in May at the age of 84. Mel arrowed the deer while hunting next to a soybean field near his home near Peoria. He’d stopped there after work at the Caterpillar plant on Friday, Oct. 29. He originally planned to hunt from a tr... READ MORE

Poster Buck for Trigger Restraint

Poster Buck for Trigger Restraint

By Mike Handley

Need more than a wildlife biologist’s suggestion to let young bucks walk (if you’re interested in high-octane antlers)?  Consider Brandon Ramirez’s story from January. Brandon collected a trail camera photograph of an 8-pointer in 2014. Recognizing it was an immature deer, he never considered shooting it. He also passed it up... READ MORE

Making the Best of 45 Minutes

Making the Best of 45 Minutes

By Mike Handley

Prior to 2017, Tyler Stull felt like he was pouring money in a hole and wasting his time trying to shoot a really big deer off the land he was hunting. So when a customer offered to let him hunt her 40 acres in Meade County, Kentucky, the young carpenter was thrilled over the prospects of a change of scenery and better chances to connect with a dre... READ MORE

Oh Wow

Oh Wow

By Mike Handley

An emergency medical technician in Brookhaven, Mississippi, carried his own personal defibrillator during the fall of 2017, and it required no electricity. If Tyler Blalock needed to jumpstart his own heart, he had only to pull out a photo of an incredible whitetail that had walked in front of his trail camera for three years in a row. For obvious ... READ MORE

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