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Wall of Tines

Wall of Tines

By Patrick Dunning

There's nothing quite like getting access to a hunting property and finding out it has a big buck on it. Last August when John Totzke received permission to hunt a private chunk 40 miles south of Chicago in Will County, he had no idea he'd just awoken a sleeping giant. The landowner said his 70-acre property hadn't been hunted in years and was over... READ MORE

Change of Plans

Change of Plans

By Patrick Dunning

Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, Terry Hollis got two photos of a giant buck at his feeder at 7:17 and 7:20 a.m. When a buck like that is on its feet in daylight, you have to act quickly, so Terry devised a plan to tuck his SxS between two hay bales on top of one of the fields. Another thing about big bucks is you have to be ready to adjust your plan. With... READ MORE

A Crown of Thorns

A Crown of Thorns

By Patrick Dunning

Jeff Humphrey arrowed this multiple forked-droptined beast from a 180 Realtree blind in September 2022. It's the 10th largest crossbow-felled whitetail ever taken in Kentucky, measuring 201 4/8 inches for Buckmasters Trophy Records. Because Jeff isn't a big fan of social media, not many people have seen this giant buck, nicknamed Gnarly, but it and... READ MORE

Right Tree, Right Time

Right Tree, Right Time

By Patrick Dunning

Scared of heights? No problem. A canvas stool against a white oak will do just fine. Three days into Pennsylvania’s 2022 archery opener, 71-year-old David Putt did just that and caught this 16-pointer with his nose down along a gas line in Indiana County. The mainframe 12-pointer scored just shy of 200 inches, with 198 6/8 inches of bone and ... READ MORE

Fuzzy Racks, Beware!

Fuzzy Racks, Beware!

By Patrick Dunning

Realtree's Tyler Jordan got his boots wet in Mississippi during the state's 2022 inaugural three-day velvet season. It's his first deer in the ‘Sip and the second-largest buck harvested on Backwoods Attractions' Testing Grounds property in Yazoo County to date. It only took one afternoon sit to catch this 175-inch giant. "I went to school at Ole Mi... READ MORE

Beginner's Luck

Beginner's Luck

By Patrick Dunning

We all dream of taking a giant buck at least once in our life. Now, imagine you've never killed a buck, period, let alone with a compound bow. Now picture this Georgia giant examining a mock scrape at 30 yards from your treestand. Bryce Spillers sent half of Upson County into a tizzy after word got out of this 18-point toad taken so early in the st... READ MORE

Dad's Buck

Dad's Buck

By Patrick Dunning

Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. After three frustrating years patterning this Ohio Monster, 21-year-old Wyatt Damron arrowed the biggest buck of his life. That same night, his father, Thomas, was rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery. The procedure was successful, and Thomas is recovering. He hasn't been able to hunt lately, but ... READ MORE

Small Town, Big Buck

Small Town, Big Buck

By Patrick Dunning

Queue the champagne and fire up the cigars. Small Town Hunting's Chris Ashley and Joey Dombroski couldn't make it out of the tree stand before celebrating this 200-plus Mega taken during Kansas' 2022 muzzleloader opener. "I squeezed the trigger and when the smoke cleared, I said, 'Oh my god, where is he?' Joey started yelling, 'You dropped him! You... READ MORE

Throwing Smoke

Throwing Smoke

By Patrick Dunning

Pennsylvania native Jason Diamond drove 16 hours for a showdown with a velvet stud during Kansas' 2022 muzzleloader opener. His personal best buck scored just shy of 200 inches at 197 6/8, with 18 countable points more than an inch. It's the second-largest velvet whitetail ever taken in the state with a muzzleloader. In Kansas, nonresident hunters ... READ MORE

Where There's One ...

Where There's One ...

By Patrick Dunning

Jacody Downey's pre-season prep paid dividends after getting skunked during the 2022 bow season opening weekend in the Bluegrass State. When a beautiful buck is active on your trail cameras throughout the summer and you're documenting his growth cycle almost daily, you try your best to make it feel safe and secure. The 200-acre stand of hardwoods J... READ MORE

Making Memories

Making Memories

By Patrick Dunning

Father-and-son duo, Robbie and Garrett Ammons, outsmarted two mature bucks during Kentucky's 2022 archery opener and have the velvet to prove it. Four years ago, the Ammons started leasing rights to hunt a farm 60 miles southwest of Louisville in Hardin County. The farm biennially rotates between two of the whitetail's favorite dishes, corn and soy... READ MORE

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

By Ken Piper

I've known some outstanding female bowhunters. My ex-wife did everything on her own since one of us had to stay home with the kids, and she had great success. I met Judy Kovar shortly after she was run over by a giant buck in a ground blind and suffered several serious injuries – but that was the exception since Judy usually got the better of... READ MORE

Life's a Dance

Life's a Dance

By Ken Piper

You won't get the girl or the giant buck if you don't ask permission. I could have written Garth Brooks' hit song “Life's a Dance.” Shy to the point of idiocy, I never could get the courage to ask girls out in my younger days. “What if she says no?” I always thought. Sure, it's a stupid way to think about it, but that didn't... READ MORE

Change of Plans

Change of Plans

By Ken Piper

How one trail camera photo turned a meat hunter into a trophy chaser. Meat hunter. It’s a label we all should wear proudly considering the whole idea of shooting deer began with a need for food. Lean, hormone-free protein remains one of the best reasons to hunt whitetails, but who doesn’t like to claim a nice set of antlers now and then... READ MORE

Bucking The Odds

Bucking The Odds

By Ken Piper

Taking a buck north of 200 inches is a rare feat. We call such a deer a buck of a lifetime, although an overwhelming majority of hunters go their entire lives without even seeing such a deer in the woods, let alone taking one. It’s been said your odds of shooting a 200-inch buck are about the same as hitting the lottery. Hud Baker not only sh... READ MORE

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