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Tube Music

Tube Music

By Mike Handley

Oklahoman uses deerspeak to lure 17-pointer into the light. If four decades have taught Dean Holbrook anything about the deer hiding among the slick hills of Kiowa County, Oklahoma, it’s that the bucks are almost completely nocturnal until the very air reeks of doe. Almost. That’s why the 52-year-old farmer from Lawton rarely hunts with... READ MORE

Yes, It’s THAT Big

Yes, It’s THAT Big

By Ed Waite

Bowhunting gains a new totem for its pole, another from Ohio and a new No. 2. Dan Coffman agreed to be a bowhunting mentor to his good friend, Josh Terry, in the summer of 2014. Soon afterward, Josh gained permission for them to hunt 400 acres in central Ohio. The guys devoted many hours to scouting the land and identifying potential stand sites. T... READ MORE

The Fourth R

The Fourth R

By Mike Handley

Reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic are followed by rut in this corner of Ohio. Most teenagers who want a day off from school must feign an upset stomach, a sore throat, or devise a way to make a thermometer show a fever. Sixteen-year-old Austin Etherington of Piqua, Ohio, had merely to ask his mother. His reason – and she wanted one ... READ MORE

Mother Lode

Mother Lode

By Ed Waite

This West Virginia coal miner found the mother lode of antler last December. Brandon Duncan wasn’t overly impressed the first time he laid eyes on the deer that landed him in this magazine. That was in 2014, when the buck was considerably smaller. The deer he wanted to kill that season was bigger, so he considered this one his second choice a... READ MORE

Missouri Mood Changer

Missouri Mood Changer

By Mike Handley

Self-proclaimed grumpy old man forgets how to frown, if only for a day. Except for a half-hour during the morning of Nov. 10, the 2014 bow season wasn’t particularly memorable for Tom Ciak, the graying and bearded proprietor of Big Bird’s Bait and Bows in Maryville, Missouri. His customers don’t call him Tom. To them, he’s B... READ MORE

Field Goal

Field Goal

By Mike Handley

Sometimes the best nickname for a buck is staring you in the face. Strong brow tines (or eye guards) are the exception rather than the rule on the 100 acres William Bidwell owns and hunts in northern Cherokee County, Oklahoma. So it was a big deal when, in June 2014, he retrieved trail camera photographs of a buck wearing twin P1s that looked every... READ MORE

Out of the Mist

Out of the Mist

By Ken Kastely

Nonresident’s nearly 400-inch bull one of two that scramble Pennsylvania’s elk records in 2011. After seven years of throwing my name in the hat, I finally drew one of 18 coveted Pennsylvania bull elk tags in 2011. Almost 19,000 people had put in for it. In their attempt to notify me, wildlife officials found my father Bela’s tele... READ MORE

One Man’s Trash

One Man’s Trash

By Lisa Price

A $65 pawnshop bow, a determined nephew and a missed shot at an 8-pointer combine for a life-changing buck. It’s said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this old adage was never truer than it’s been for Jim Hohensee of Abilene, Kansas. One man’s trash was an old compound bow. “I work for a big... READ MORE

Extra Tines

Extra Tines

By Ed Waite

Now here’s a buck that’ll make anyone phone home. Bob Sisler obtained permission to hunt a central Ohio farm in the late summer of 2012. As soon as practical, he and his brother, Roger, scouted the property to learn the lay of the land and to look for deer sign and potential ambush points. They also put out trail cameras. Of all the pho... READ MORE

Rain Deer

Rain Deer

By Ed Waite

Sometimes you curse the weather. Sometimes you thank it. Gunnar Petry of Macksburg spent much of Ohio’s 2013 deer season hoping for a shot at a big nocturnal whitetail photographed by a trail camera. He wound up settling for a really nice 10-pointer in the 140s. During the late muzzleloader season that year, he took his younger brother huntin... READ MORE

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