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Donnie Doesn’t Lie

Donnie Doesn’t Lie

By Rob Meade

Land of the Giants is everything this nonresident was led to believe. Kevin Solomon of Ridgeway, Virginia, was introduced to hunting during his teenage years by some friends whose father graciously allowed him to tag along. Kevin learned the great outdoors during these ventures and became quite content with chasing the wild game that roamed the hil... READ MORE

A Deer Runs Through It

A Deer Runs Through It

By Jill J. Easton

Neither rain, sleet, snow nor an icy river can keep this deer hunter from pursuing what’s his. Johnny Whitfield of Calico Rock, Arkansas, chased a Kansas buck across a frozen river three times before finally collecting his career-best whitetail. The Sunflower State’s 2014 bow season marked the 10th year Johnny and his two sons made the ... READ MORE

Dad’s Gun

Dad’s Gun

By Dale Weddle

Here’s why a Kentucky hunter is glad he walked away from his favorite stand and swapped rifles. Jim Murphy, some of his friends and family members run several trail cameras on Jim’s farm in Wayne County, Kentucky. You’d think a deer couldn’t slip past so many without being photographed. Despite the 24/7 surveillance by numer... READ MORE

928 Inches and Counting

928 Inches and Counting

By Mike Handley

Ohio man is one deer away from owning records in every triggered category. Joe Schneider has one less item on his bucket list. The retired railroad engineer from Circleville, Ohio, has now taken a record book whitetail with nearly every triggered weapon that’s legal in the Buckeye State. He’s missing only a deer felled by a rifle chambe... READ MORE

Collision Course

Collision Course

By John E. Phillips

Just when this Ohio man thought he was out of the hunt, he turned to see a giant bearing down on him. While children were preparing to go door to door in search of candy on Oct. 31, 2011, Bob Thomas of Seaman, Ohio, was collecting the mother of all treats. And we’re not talking Snickers bars. “I usually start hunting about the third wee... READ MORE

Runner-up to World Recurve Record

Runner-up to World Recurve Record

By Ed Waite

Pennsylvania forester Cory Gulvas is as passionate about hunting shed antlers as he is about traipsing across the mountains in search of their former wearers. "I found 102 sheds the year I shot this deer. They've helped me learn about bucks and their core areas," Cory said. He first became aware of his 2020 whitetail through a nighttime trail camer... READ MORE

Check This Out

Check This Out

By Dale Weddle

Forty-six years after checking out library books about deer hunting, this Kentuckian learns the most invaluable tool is perseverance. White-tailed deer sightings were rare in south-central Kentucky in the 1960s. William Branscum’s father didn’t hunt deer because there were none. The elder Branscum taught his son valuable outdoors skills... READ MORE

Charmed

Charmed

By John E. Phillips

Virginia teen’s self-customized rifle gains its first notch during the 2016 youth season. Thirteen-year-old Tyler Fewell of Esmont, Virginia, will always remember the stories his granddad, Peter Britton, told him about big bucks he’d seen. The man didn’t hunt, but he encouraged his grandson to do it by whetting his appetite with t... READ MORE

Bookends

Bookends

By John E. Phillips

This bowhunter’s 2015 buck is a quarter-inch bigger than the one he arrowed in 2013. David Wagler never thought he’d top the buck he arrowed in 2013. But it took only two seasons for him to find the bookend to his previous best whitetail. “My heart was broken when the landowner sold the 60-acre tract where I took my big CRP buck (... READ MORE

Who Needs More Than Five Hours Sleep Anyway?

Who Needs More Than Five Hours Sleep Anyway?

By John E. Phillips

Arkansas gains a new No. 5 Typical in the BTR’s rifle category, and it’s the largest ever recorded from Jefferson County. Then-16-year-old Kristian Vargas hadn’t planned to go deer hunting on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. “I’d gone to one of my school friends’ Sweet 16 party Saturday night and didn’t get home unti... READ MORE

No Fair-weather Hunter

No Fair-weather Hunter

By Mike Handley

A repurposed turkey blind becomes the perfect stand for a rainy Sunday. The likelihood of hunting in wet clothes in 33-degree weather wasn’t enough to keep Corey Urban indoors on Dec. 13, 2015, the last day of the Kansas rifle season. The Dodge City hunter might have planned to spend the afternoon inside a pop-up blind, safe from the elements... READ MORE

East Carroll Giant

East Carroll Giant

By John E. Phillips

Public tracts along Louisiana’s eastern border are known for producing jaw-dropping bucks. Thirty-year-old Dusty Myers of Oak Grove, Louisiana, donned his hip waders last January to hike to a stand deep within a wildlife management area. With a rifle in one hand and a climbing stand in the other, Dusty traveled 3/4 mile through flooded timber... READ MORE

Do-over

Do-over

By Dale Weddle

Two years after his arrow shaved hairs off an impressive whitetail’s belly, this Kentuckian tasted déjà vu. Dave Morgan might dine regularly on venison, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t heard the scrape of a fork across an empty plate or the soft non-thud of an arrow hitting nothing but ground. The last time the Kentu... READ MORE

Throwback

Throwback

By Dale Weddle

The rain in Woodford County, Kentucky, falls mainly on the mane, or it once did. Whitetail aficionados often speak of trophy-sized bucks as being different animals altogether. Their primary reasoning is: A mature white-tailed buck, having survived multiple hunting seasons, is much more wary and harder to hunt than the average doe or young buck. A s... READ MORE

Tagged Out in Two

Tagged Out in Two

By Mike Handley

How long does it take for deer to forget a boom? Two hours, apparently. The morning prior to Kentucky’s 2015 rifle season, Alvin Hoover made himself a ground blind by stacking hay bales just inside the tree line next to a field frequented by deer. The setup was maybe 500 yards from his Todd County home. He chose a spot allowing the best view ... READ MORE

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