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Should I Go or Should I Stay?

Should I Go or Should I Stay?

By Mike Handley

The voices inside Blake Wilson’s head lasted for nearly three months. From the moment the 28-year-old bowhunter from Rison, Arkansas, retrieved a trail camera photograph of a jaw-dropping 9x9, he had to tamp down the urge to return every day to see if there were more. He couldn’t stand not knowing if the deer’s mugging for the len... READ MORE

Double the Trouble

Double the Trouble

By Mike Handley

Benny Bell wasn’t surprised when the come-help-me message lit up his phone. His buddy, Brian Cobb, had shot about 7:45 a.m., and the text came afterward. The two men, along with Benny’s son, Joey, were at the DeSoto Parish hunting club for opening day of Louisiana’s rifle season. They were all watching segments of the same pipelin... READ MORE

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

By Mike Handley

Two seasons of saying “One more year” were the most Ohio deer hunter Benjamin Seabolt could manage. The first time Benjamin said it was in 2015, when he retrieved trail camera photographs of a 130-ish 10-pointer he decided was only 2 ½ years old. “I knew it had world-class potential if allowed to grow another couple of year... READ MORE

Wild Game Medley

Wild Game Medley

By Mike Handley

Just a few days after bemoaning his bad luck to his grandmother, Kansas deer hunter Lane Sadler got a forkful of venison to go with his crow. The 18-year-old from Derby (south of Wichita) had no reason to believe his grandmother’s 180 acres in Sumner County would yield anything spectacular. He knew the place held at least one decent buck, but... READ MORE

First Crossbow Entry from Connecticut

First Crossbow Entry from Connecticut

By Mike Handley

Selflessly walking away from his dream buck’s core area put Milford, Connecticut, hunter Mark Hiller within crossbow range of it. When Mark acquired new hunting ground in 2015, he retrieved several trail camera photographs of a 12-pointer, all taken at night. He hunted that deer all season, or at least whenever the wind would cooperate, but h... READ MORE

Alone in the Deep Freeze

Alone in the Deep Freeze

By Mike Handley

Mike Stanoikovich never thought he’d be hunting alone on Jan. 7, 2017. The plan was for him and his 13-year-old son, Jack, to share the ground blind, but the boy refused to trade his warm bed for the freezing cold. “You're not going to see a buck anyway,” the kid reportedly said. Ohio’s late muzzleloader season spanned only ... READ MORE

Never Bet a Guy without Seeing His Cam Pics

Never Bet a Guy without Seeing His Cam Pics

By Mike Handley

Patrick Woodruff’s first crossbow buck earned him $1,000 from friends who’d wagered he wouldn’t score. The bets were placed during the group’s annual Labor Day weekend trout fishing trip. When Patrick told his pals he was going to shoot a giant, they scoffed. In fact, two of the guys put up $500 apiece. The terms: The novice... READ MORE

After Eight Years

After Eight Years

By Mike Handley

Whenever Wayne Cox heads home to North Carolina after deer hunting in Kansas, he has fewer blank scoresheets in his measuring kit. The ones with numbers penciled on them almost never carry his name, however. That wasn’t the case in 2017, when the biggest rack the veteran BTR measurer taped wore his own nonresident tag. One of the most active ... READ MORE

Have Hour, Will Hunt

Have Hour, Will Hunt

By Mike Handley

Nobody owns the shed antlers of the buck Stan Ethredge shot in 2017, and it wasn’t because the squirrels ate them. The nearly 230-inch whitetail was wearing the same rack it carried in 2016, plus even more bone. The Mississippi fireman has the trail camera images to prove it. Stan had been watching the deer on his Neshoba County property sinc... READ MORE

Return on Investment

Return on Investment

By Mike Handley

Joining a 415-acre lease in Perry County, Tennessee, might be the best investment Mike McCrary has ever made. So sayeth the man’s taxidermist, not his banker or stockbroker. The 43-year-old traveling salesman from Hampshire, Tennessee, hunts deer during both the bow and firearms seasons. He saves up his vacation days from Emerson Electric to ... READ MORE

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