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2009 Cowinner: The Kyle Simmons Buck

2009 Cowinner: The Kyle Simmons Buck

By Mike Handley

Because he rarely asks for time off from his job, inclement weather usually dictates when Kyle Simmons can go hunting. The demand for firewood near Spragueville, Iowa, keeps him busy for 60 or more hours a week. But last October, the 24-year-old saw the stars aligning and asked his boss for an uncharacteristically long weekend. Rain had ushered i... READ MORE

2009 Cowinner: The Bob Decker Buck

2009 Cowinner: The Bob Decker Buck

By Bob Decker

My 2008 hunting season started as soon as Wisconsin’s ’07 season ended. My hunting partner, Paul Olson, and I made numerous trips from Eau Claire to our hunting lease in Buffalo County in January and February to check trail cameras and fine-tune stand locations. Trail cameras revealed that several good bucks had survived the hunting se... READ MORE

2008: The Ben Knisley Buck

2008: The Ben Knisley Buck

By Keith Snider

For Ben Knisley, a "good" deer season is defined by how much time he’s able to spend in the woods with family and friends. Filling a tag always comes second to the young Minnesotan, and he’s not picky when opportunity knocks. The 2006 season was good on both counts. Not only did Ben shoot a buck (a serious understatement), but he also ... READ MORE

2007 Cowinner: The Johnny King Buck

2007 Cowinner: The Johnny King Buck

By Mike Handley

The two men approached the downed buck cautiously, from different sides. Johnny King’s bullets had dropped the enormous whitetail, but Brad Heisz, who’d answered his cousin’s desperate call for help, had obligingly administered the coup de grace. Brad reached it first, while Johnny was circling around in front. He knelt, grasped ... READ MORE

2007 Cowinner: The Deb Luzinski Buck

2007 Cowinner: The Deb Luzinski Buck

By Deb Luzinski

On Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, my husband and I were the coordinators of a "permit-only" archery deer removal at a 1,000-acre regional park in a northern suburb of the Twin Cities Metro area. We had 15 other hunters in the woods, all in stands they’d selected. I set up my stand around noon that day, getting in and out of the woods as quickly and ... READ MORE

2006: The Ed Huff Buck

2006: The Ed Huff Buck

By Mike Handley

Perhaps it’s a good thing that Ed Huff’s second arrow was never found. Somehow damaged, it might’ve been the reason the 55-year-old contractor from Lake Wales, Fla., didn’t hit the 4-inch bull’s-eye. Or it might’ve been the pressure of shooting in front of an audience, to which few bowhunters are accustomed. Nev... READ MORE

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