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Towering Tines

Towering Tines

By Mike Handley

Former Alabama coal hole yields tall-racked whitetail worthy of a long-naked wall. Randy Hayes of Peterson, Alabama, never expected to take another whitetail to a taxidermist, not after a tornado gutted his home and carried 15 irreplaceable mounts to Oz in 2011. The 57-year-old, semi-retired welder now realizes he was too pessimistic. He’s no... READ MORE

First Impression: Too Small

First Impression: Too Small

By John E. Philllips

A wild-eyed buck with attitude trips this Iowan’s trigger. For the past 12 years, five friends have burned off-days the first week of November to take advantage of Iowa’s whitetail rut. The group includes Mark Brownfield, Vick Bycroft and three Steves: Johnson, Lastine and Morris. They have 40 stands in two counties – a total of 1... READ MORE

Doubling Down

Doubling Down

By Dale Weddle

This carrier of big antlers did not walk softly. James Bishop and his son, Wyatt, knew several nice 8-pointers were roaming their Casey County, Kentucky, farm in 2016. They were not aware that a much bigger whitetail, one James might refer to as a “lottery buck,” walked those same ridges. Their enlightenment came on Nov. 12. James intro... READ MORE

Holy Grail

Holy Grail

By Mike Handley

Missouri hunter’s makeshift ‘hillbilly castle’ puts him closer to whitetail Camelot. After 12 years of mainly collecting venison for the freezer, Jared Foster decided in 2016 to hold out for a buck worthy of the wall. It took the 34-year-old teacher and track coach eight weekends to do it. The father of two toddlers passed up a lo... READ MORE

Quality Trumps Quantity

Quality Trumps Quantity

By Mike Handley

Post-Thanksgiving, peak-rut hunt proves father knows best. When Lane Lawrimore of Hartselle, Alabama, told his 17-year-old son, Will, they stood a better chance of shooting a big buck off their land in Lawrence County, he had no idea he would soon be able to say “I told you so.” His youngest son wanted to spend the day after Thanksgivin... READ MORE

Fruition

Fruition

By Dale Weddle

Typical or non, once an 8-pointer is not always an 8-pointer. Forty-three-year-old Woody Moore, a native of western Kentucky, has an impressive wall of trophies taken with bow and arrow. His best whitetail came in 2016. He first saw the buck and passed it up two years earlier. “The big velvet deer I killed in 2016 was a decent 8-pointer with ... READ MORE

Yahtzee!

Yahtzee!

By Ed Waite

Ohio hunter trades phone for crossbow when fate throws him five identical dice. Three seasons after his aging grandfather shot his last whitetail, Doug Kisamore connected with his best from the same backyard blind. “No one else ever hunted from my grandpa’s ground box blind,” Doug said. “We never knew when he might be inclin... READ MORE

Poof to Pow

Poof to Pow

By Mike Handley

Okie hunter gets a second chance to throw smoke at a whitetail on the wane. Blake Whelchel says the nearly 200-inch Oklahoma buck he shot in 2016 was between 20 and 30 inches bigger the previous season, and he has the trail camera photographs to prove it. Understandably, the 25-year-old from Ada, Oklahoma, was obsessed with the whitetail that was a... READ MORE

Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

By Ed Waite

When the hunting gods start dropping lemons, grab a pitcher and start squeezing. Managing a veterinary clinic’s office leaves only evenings and weekends for Heather Sweeney to hunt deer. For the past four years, she and her husband Tim have had permission to hunt a former 80-acre nursery in southwestern Ohio. The Sweeneys have devoted many ho... READ MORE

Steve Scissorhands

Steve Scissorhands

By John E. Phillips

Multitasking helps Iowa bowhunter to his career-best whitetail. When Steve Johnson reached into his fanny pack for his pruners, there were no pruners. Worried some branches might block or affect his arrow’s flight, the bowhunter from Clarinda, Iowa, wanted to trim the new growth that had sprouted since the previous season. Because he&rsquo... READ MORE

They Call Him King

They Call Him King

By Lisa Price

The shortest distance to the taxidermist is the line between points A and B. A deer lease in Houston County, Texas, was the perfect gift for Mark Lee’s newly teenaged son. Two hours from their Crosby home, the tract is mostly pasture. Only 50 of the 1,000 acres are wooded, but Mark thought he and 13-year-old Cullen might have a legitimate sho... READ MORE

Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

By Mike Handley

Seeing a buck with double drops is enough to send anyone to a plat book. Drew Miller leases 500 acres in Oklahoma, where the bucks are generally bigger. The land is less than an hour’s drive from his home in Paris, Texas. The 33-year-old owner of an oil change business also holds the deed to property south of Paris, adjacent to a dairy farm w... READ MORE

Thanks, Betsy

Thanks, Betsy

By John E. Phillips

Ohio’s January muzzleloader season pays off. As 52-year-old Mike Stanoikovich sat waiting for sunrise in his deer blind, he asked a departed friend for a favor. “Come on, Betsy. Send me a good buck, because I’m having a lousy season,” he asked the landowner’s late wife, who’d died the previous spring. Betsy used ... READ MORE

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping Breakfast

By Lisa Price

Driving 25 hours is a small price to pay for a hunt where giant deer can’t control their raging hormones. Ten days into their 12-day Minnesota hunt in 2010, Gary Holland was the only Texan who hadn’t burned his nonresident tag. The group had enjoyed a great time to that point. On the ninth day, Gary’s brother, David, bagged the bi... READ MORE

Counting Eggs

Counting Eggs

By Mike Handley

Who says there aren’t any sure bets in the deer woods? Counting unhatched chickens isn’t always a bad thing. The moon, wind and the following day’s weather forecast convinced Trent Siegle to take advantage of a temporary south breeze on Oct. 11, 2016, to check his trail cameras. An approaching front promised rain and cooler temper... READ MORE

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