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The Day Shift

The Day Shift

By Bob Humphrey

What does science say about big bucks moving in the middle of the day? My morning started badly. Before I even left the cabin, the lid blew off my thermos, splattering me with scalding cocoa. Then my guide and I were late leaving camp. Thirty minutes down the road, we were nearly to the pull-off when we encountered another guide broke down on the r... READ MORE

Keep Your Head in the Game

Keep Your Head in the Game

By P.J. Reilly

Learn to keep your cool in the heart-pounding seconds surrounding a shot. By the time I reached my buddy J.R., he was a wreck. His face was ghost white, his hands were shaking and his voice was stammering — pretty typical symptoms for someone who had just arrowed his first buck and subsequently been bitten by the bowhunting bug. J.R. said he'... READ MORE

Hunt Like a Lady

Hunt Like a Lady

By Mike Handley

No longer novelties in the woods, the ladies are taking some really big bucks! Just a couple of years ago, the Wall Street Journal published a story about how a troubled outdoors industry was staking its future on women who hunt and shoot — seeing as how fewer guys and more gals are going afield. USA Today tackled the subject more recently fr... READ MORE

Food Plots: What’s Right for You?

Food Plots: What’s Right for You?

By David Hart

Think about your goals to determine what to plant. When did things get so complicated? It seems like you need a degree in agronomy to grow some deer food these days. Soil sample. Fertilizer. Herbicides. Tractor or ATV? Disk or tiller? Clover, wheat, beans or chicory? It’s enough to make some hunters quit before they even begin. The good news ... READ MORE

Bucks on a Shoestring

Bucks on a Shoestring

By Tracy Breen

You don’t have to spend big bucks to hunt out of state for big bucks. Lots of us dream of harvesting that one big buck before our hunting days are over — and usually that dream goes unfulfilled. Why? Simply put, most whitetail hunters don’t live where a majority of the big bucks do. Sure, an occasional local tags a monster, but he... READ MORE

Deer Talk 101

Deer Talk 101

By David Hart

It’s not that difficult to pull in bucks by rattling and grunting. When daylight broke on a cold Iowa morning two years ago, Rick White knew exactly what to do. It was the pre-rut in early November, so just a few minutes after he settled into his stand, the 47-year-old Cedar Rapids resident pulled a rattle bag out of his backpack and started ... READ MORE

Brown Velvet

Brown Velvet

By P.J. Reilly

Looking for the perfect something to hang next to that Elvis painting? Sitting in my stand for Maryland’s archery deer season opener, I could feel sweat beads rolling down my chest and back. It was hot, and the evening sit was going to be brutal. But it was opening day! My stand hung in a tulip poplar about 50 yards off a soybean field. A wel... READ MORE

Bow Bucks in the Deep Freeze

Bow Bucks in the Deep Freeze

By Jeff Murray

Cold-weather bowhunting requires extra practice. When the 10-pointer with noticeable kickers circled behind me, it was like a scene from a Michael Sieve painting — real but surreal. All I had to do was draw, aim and release. But for some reason, I couldn’t get to full draw that day. Back then, I could easily draw a bow set at 75 pounds,... READ MORE

Right Time, Right Buck

Right Time, Right Buck

By Jamie MacMaster

Weather and an empty stomach get the best of this old warrior. I heard it close behind in the belly-deep powder snow. It was a quiet, sifting sound like salt being poured into a shaker. It was heading west into a northwest wind that blew my scent above it, and it kept coming. I couldn’t see anything through the cedars, but I knew it had to be... READ MORE

Old White Foot

Old White Foot

By Danny Scott

Four-year hunt ends in a cloud of smoke ... and a flood of emotions. As I hunkered down in a little clover patch with my hands on the antlers of a mature whitetail, I found myself experiencing so many different emotions that nothing made sense. I had been watching and keeping up with this buck for four years, so I was happy and proud — but al... READ MORE

Illinois’ Icicle Buck

Illinois’ Icicle Buck

By Tom Fegely

Monsters like this aren’t supposed to be around in the second season. Billy Joe Austin knew he and his father, Dennis, and brother, Michael, would probably have the woods to themselves on that miserable morning of Dec. 5, 2003. But none of the Austins were convinced they really wanted it. It was the next-to-last day of Illinois’ second ... READ MORE

It’s Good To Be the King

It’s Good To Be the King

By Shannon King

And even better to put your tag on one. Ethan is the youngest of my three boys. He turned 7 in December of 2007, and my wife and I bought him a new Browning Bar .243 for Christmas. Just a few days later, the weather in Alabama called for severe storms and possible tornadoes. Looking at the radar, I noticed a break coming before another severe storm... READ MORE

Risk vs. Reward

Risk vs. Reward

By Ken Piper

If you seek only the best, be prepared for epic highs and lows. Monster bucks are a rare thing. But you already know that if you’ve spent any time in the woods trying to put your tag on one. And while he’ll be the first to tell you he lives in an area that holds more bruiser bucks than most other locations, Daryl Sidwell is one of those... READ MORE

Only One Buck Would Do

Only One Buck Would Do

By Lisa Price

Young Texan’s patience pays off in drop tines. Hardworking farmers usually just grin and shrug their shoulders when someone suggests they play hooky for a day or take a vacation. They say things like, “The animals don’t know it’s Sunday,” or “Got to make hay while the sun shines.” So maybe that’s wher... READ MORE

I Got a Buck

I Got a Buck

By Angie Larson

Sometimes a great day can get even better. "I got a buck, I got a buck, I got a buck!" Say that about eight times in a row real fast and you'll hyperventilate and pass out. After I whispered it about the seventh time, I realized I was about to do just that. Saturday morning, Nov. 3, started out like most hunting weekends: coffee, cheesy grits, good... READ MORE

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