2001: The Mike Beatty Buck
By Dan Armitage
Fumbling nervously in the darkness for one of his distinctive white-fletched arrows, Mike Beatty had made one of the toughest decisions of his life: to temporarily abandon the search for the monstrous whitetail he’d shot at dusk. Still not convinced that he’d chosen correctly, the Ohio bowhunter nocked the projectile on the barbed wire ... READ MORE
2000: The James Stovall Buck
By James Stovall
When I heard that Florida’s Green Swamp WMA was going to take in another 38,000 acres of basically virgin territory that had not been hunted for 13 years, I put my name in the hat for one of the 54 permits to be granted for two different bowhunts. Fortunately, I was drawn.
I began scouting the land after ordering and obtaining topo maps and ... READ MORE
1999 Cowinner: The Dale Larson Buck
By Dale R. Larson
As I was listening to the raindrops play their rhythm on the fallen leaves, I noticed the flick of a tail and glimpsed a deer’s antler. The buck was about 90 yards distant, walking along a brushy fence line — traveling perpendicular and away from my position. My view of the thicket was obscured by scattered trees and brush, making it im... READ MORE
1999 Cowinner: The Bobby Beeman Buck
By Bobby Beeman
My hunt for this magnificent buck actually began while I was vacationing in July 1997. I was traveling through Wyoming with my family. As we drove parallel to a river one evening, I reminded everyone to be on the lookout for deer. I never go on vacation without my binoculars, spotting scope and video camera. Within minutes, I caught a glimpse of a ... READ MORE
1998: The Jamie Remmers Buck
By Jamie Remmers
"Grab your shoes and coat," my husband, Kent, yelled as he came running into the house. "You’ve got to see this buck!"
So there I was, in my shoes, coat and pajamas, looking at a magnificent animal through a pair of binoculars.
About half a dozen brief encounters like that, during the rut, are all we can expect. By the time rifle season rol... READ MORE
1997: The Sam Collora Buck
By Russell Thornberry
Sam Collora has taken some fine bucks in his 25 years of whitetail hunting. But for the past eight years, it’s been his dream to take a real world-class buck with his bow.
If you look at bowhunting records, you quickly realize that Sam lives where such a notion isn’t a pipe dream. In his quest, he has passed up some bucks that would be... READ MORE