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Father-Son Double

Father-Son Double

By Mike Handley

While turkey hunting in the spring of 2018, Shawn Durben saw a buck with huge velvet-covered knobs. Trail cam photos documented the deer’s meteoric growth throughout the summer months, and Shawn also got a glimpse of it while bush-hogging a dense crabapple thicket. With that deer in mind, Shawn brushed-in a new double blind beside a food plo... READ MORE

Coyotes vs. Deranged Deer Hunter

Coyotes vs. Deranged Deer Hunter

By Mike Handley

When Ohio bowhunter Jeremy Conrad began trailing the giant, opening-day whitetail he’d arrowed 45 minutes earlier, he soon realized he wasn’t alone. Jeremy heard them before he saw the four coyotes fighting – more like arguing – over his dead deer. So busy trying to establish who was at the top of the food chain, they paid t... READ MORE

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

By Mike Handley

Nolan Johnson can thank his buddy and fellow weed-killing, crop-fertilizing co-worker, Earl, for telling him about the monstrous whitetail he wound up arrowing in 2018. He can also tip his hat to a farmer who gave him a key to a seldom-used gate. “Earl jumped a really big buck while spraying soybeans in the spring,” Nolan told John Phil... READ MORE

Yellow is the New Camo

Yellow is the New Camo

By Mike Handley

Hunter Hastings has not disclosed whether having a backyard playhouse that doubles as a deer stand affects the value of real estate in Chanute, Kansas. The 46-year-old manager of a specialty welding company used to lay his hat in a home with 10 huntable acres. He could see his stand from the kitchen window. The 2018 season was his last to hunt deer... READ MORE

What Noise?

What Noise?

By Mike Handley

Some outdoorsmen think their hunts are ruined if they inadvertently step on a stick or fail to stifle a sneeze or cough. In their minds, such are the noises that send deer packing. Chris Flanders isn’t wound that tight. Less than four hours after he and his brother, Alan, wrestled a 20-foot-tall ladder stand into place and cut virgin shooting... READ MORE

Déjà vu with a Different Ending

Déjà vu with a Different Ending

By Mike Handley

Eighteen-year-old Brooks Jacobsen hopes he’ll one day be a veterinarian capable of stanching wounds. For now, the student at Wayne Community School is happy to inflict them. In 2016, the kid from Corydon and his mentor, Jeremy McCarty, gained hunting rights to acreage in south-central Iowa. They scouted, hung stands and put out trail cameras ... READ MORE

Coming Attraction

Coming Attraction

By Mike Handley

Taylor Drury has been deflating whitetails since she was 12 years old. Last season, the 23-year-old arrowed her biggest ever, an Iowa buck wearing nearly 190 inches of bone. Taylor might be best known as the social media face of Drury Outdoors, the company her father, Mark, and Uncle Terry founded in the late 1980s. She was hunting the family farm ... READ MORE

How to Kick Off Deer Season

How to Kick Off Deer Season

By Mike Handley

Jeff Thieman pays attention to the moon phases. When Ohio’s bow season opened Sept. 29, five days following the harvest moon, he was brimming with anticipation. The hunter from Waterford couldn’t wait to spend the afternoon in a deer stand overlooking a bench in the timber where his trail cameras were working overtime. By 3:45 that day,... READ MORE

Opening Day to Remember

Opening Day to Remember

By Mike Handley

Knowing whitetails will walk over corn to Hoover up acorns, Dylan Martin figured he had two weeks before the unusual buck on his Most Wanted list went AWOL. Once the family farm’s oaks started dropping, his bait pile would get as much attention as a granola bar at a pizza buffet. The 22-year-old hunter from Stoneville, North Carolina, became ... READ MORE

Buck No. 4 will be Hard to Top

Buck No. 4 will be Hard to Top

By Mike Handley

Wade Tiemann worried his daughter, McKenzie, would suffer a severe case of buck fever if she ever got an opportunity to shoot at the whitetail wearing the dark, aloe vera-like rack roaming their ground. But he should’ve given the 9-year-old more credit. When the two saw the deer on Oct. 26, 2017, thoughts of shooting anything less were banish... READ MORE

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