The “$61,000” Buck
By Ed Waite
Photo: Twelve-year-old Seth Williams poses with the first of two bucks he shot last year in Wisconsin. He was with his dad, Mark, inside a turkey blind, when the tall-tined whitetail showed its gray face. One of the most e-mailed photographs to arrive in deer hunters’ inboxes last year was of a boy straddling an enormous whitetail in the back... READ MORE
If You Can Lead a Buck to Eat...
By Ed Waite
And to think the 5x5 was a shooter FIVE RACKS EARLIER! Ron Macak of Milwaukee bought two parcels of land in Iron County, Wis., in the mid-1990s. One was 13 acres, where a cabin stood; the other was 40 acres of hardwoods and a cedar swamp. Finding a pair of 5-point sheds behind his cabin in 2005 was enough to convince him to concentrate on the small... READ MORE
Tracks in the Mud
By David O’Farrell
With a noggin scoring 23 5⁄16 inches, Bruce Brown’s old boar was the largest grizzly taken in the Yukon in 2010. The tracks in the mud were dimpled by the rain of a couple of days earlier, meaning we were at least three days too late. We found them off the main river, on a gravel bar almost six miles up Lowel Creek, which drai... READ MORE
Two Years in the Taking
By Travis Hogan
Bladed Norton County buck shatters 12-year-old Kansas record.
The taste of tag soup might be foreign to Wes Eagleburger, but notching his 2009 Kansas tag wasn’t nearly as appetizing as he’d hoped.
Wes always gets a deer. And more often than not, he winds up with a great buck, which doesn’t go unnoticed by his friends. They like ... READ MORE
Grin and Deer It
By Mike Handley
It was the worst and best of days... Ryan Bearden was disgusted and ready to go someplace else, anyplace else, maybe even back to his warm motel room. Though 2010 was the Alabamian’s third year to make the almost 500-mile drive to Ohio, he’d hunted this Highland County farm only once before that cold Dec. 18. All he really knew about th... READ MORE
West of the Wabash
By Jill J. Easton
An automobile dealership isn’t the kind of place usually associated with hunting. But a friendship between Derrick Bulkley, co-owner of Expressway Auto Mall in Mount Vernon, Ind., and Justin Jones, a technician who worked there, gave Derrick the opportunity to shoot an outstanding Illinois buck with his muzzleloader in 2009.
While both worke... READ MORE
Spot & 92-Day Stalk
By Scott Esker
While driving home from work on June 28, 2010, I passed three deer far out in a soybean field. Although I couldn’t see antlers from that distance, one of the animals seemed much bigger than the others.
Curious, I turned around, stopped and peered at them through a spotting scope. The largest was a really good buck. Although it was still earl... READ MORE
My Son the Defibrillator
By Steve Walkiewicz
Jersey bowhunter picks perfect day to ditch camcorder. In more than 25 years of bowhunting, I’ve been fortunate enough to take nine mountable deer, each buck larger than the one before it, which is my personal yardstick. The last whitetail I carried to the taxidermist was a 12-pointer I harvested in December 2007. It grossed 164 6/8 inches, w... READ MORE