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Tank by Brandi Lea Fuller

Brandi-Lea Fuller of Fort St John, British Columbia, with the colossal whitetail she took in 2012. This big dude showed up at the tail-end of the hunting season and was captured on the Fullers’ trail camera and the hunt was on. All the tines are very long on a basic 5x5 frame. The buck wasn’t done there, and added a beautiful drop-tine along with a big sticker point. It ended up netting 176 5/8 non-typical points. Photo by Trevor Fuller.



A Place Called Death Valley by Rob Manley

Was it me or did Garry seem a little too excited about building a fence? I had shown up to lend a hand cutting one by fours but try as I might I couldn’t match the enthusiasm my friend was exuding. Perhaps he needed more projects around the house if this type of activity got him so wound up? I made a mental note to discuss the idea with his wife, Elaine. Eventually the true meaning behind the spring in Garry’s step came out. “Rob, I drew a tag for elk. And it’s in the zone that I shot all the bull elk video for my DVDs!” “I don’t think I slept much last night after I found out......”



Moose on the Loose by Shawn Frankfurt

The hunting season started back in May when our family began to plan for our hunting season in fall. Deciding which draw tags to apply for and when I should book my holidays is always a major decision. The draw forms were filled out and we waited anxiously to see if one of us would be lucky enough to receive a tag or have to settle for hunting during the regular archery season.

At the end of June, Hunter received news she would be attending the World Archery Championships in Orlando, Florida, with the school NASP archery team. This was fantastic news for a young archer, and it would be the fourth time she would be going to World’s. It wasn’t a week later when I received notice the draw tags were available. I checked the computer and, lo and behold, Hunter was drawn for bull moose...


Casper by Dave Smith

Ryder Swift of Medicine Hat, Alberta, holds up the colossal sheds of a huge whitetail picked up in the spring of 2013. Longest main beam is 24 long inches with one of the brow-tines reaching a whopping seven inches. Longest G-2 is 11, G-3 11 5/8 , G-4 9 5/8, and G-5 4 5/8 inches. It's too bad the G-5 on the other side was broken off. The antlers ended up with a gross score of 185 and a final net score of 174 1/8 typical points. Dave Swift photo.



World Record Velvet Whitetail by Dallas Heinrichs

Dallas Heinrichs of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, with the absolute giant of a whitetail he arrowed on September 3, 2012. The avid hunter couldn’t believe the immense size of this buck as he reached its side. The amazing trail camera photo reveals a true monster, but as always, it doesn’t show you all the points those big old bucks have on their crowns. In fact, this buck has 29 scorable points in total.



He Shoots, He Scores by Darrell Orth

One of my favourite hunting partners and best friends is Donny Lloyd. He is my best buddy's 26-year-old son. I have been privileged to watch Donny grow up in our hometown of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Over the years I have watched him excel at his two passions in life: hockey and hunting. have enjoyed watching him lead his peewee hockey team to victory and have seen him excel right through his WHL and AJHL careers.



For Corn Sakes by Wes Vanstone

This story starts with the terrible corn crop disaster in southern Manitoba back in 1985. Hundreds of acres in the Pembina Valley had been rendered useless, but before the producers could collect their insurance money, the corn had to be destroyed. It didn't long before I realized that this was a terrible waste because it would provide great winter feed for our Manitoba whitetails. The winters are tough and this would sure help to pull them through.


Bears of Cree Lake by Cody Dyck

Cody Dyck of Pierceland, Saskatchewan, with the colossal black bear he took up in the northern part of that province in 2010. The Cree Lake brute's estimated weight was around 450 pounds. These northern bears can easily put on another 100 to 150 pounds by the time fall arrives.


A Young Hunter's Dream by Cody Stomp

The days of November were quickly fading as I got ready for another day of whitetail hunting. That morning as Dad and I walked over to the truck, it was cold, but the skies were clear. This was my first year of hunting for these elusive whitetails, and I hoped to get a chance. It was already November 27, and the 2011 season was sure going by fast. While hunting near St. Brieux the day before, we had seen a real nice 5x5 buck. He was standing right near an old road but soon started running the other way.


Worth the Wait by Larry Warantz

Ted Dooley and his granddaughter Kayla Dooley of Hartney, Manitoba, are all smiles after taking these impressive whitetail bucks in the 2010 rifle season. Ted’s 7x6 buck grew long tines and big main beams and ranks high in the record book. Here are the numbers on this classy whitetail. Main beams are both over 25 inches with the longest brow-tine reaching 5 7/8. G-2s are both 10 6/8, and the longest G-3 is 12 5/8, G-4 goes 10 2/8, and G-5 is still good at 5 7/8 inches. Ted's buck grosses 193 7/8 and nets 186 6/8 typical points. Kayla was very happy for her grandfather, and then she ended up taking her first whitetail a few days later that nets 148 6/8 typical points. This was a wonderful experience for Ted and his granddaughter, and they will always remember this special moment. Taxidermy by Brad Minshull, Prairieland Taxidermy. Photo by Larry Warantz, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.


Unbelieveable by Landon Cochrane

Ladon Cochrane of Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, with the truly magnificent mule deer he took on November 2, 2011. It ranks as the 10th largest non-typical ever taken in the province. I photographed this monster at Graham Jensen's farm just after Landon took it, and I noticed it had broken off a huge abnormal point on the left antler. It would have been the match for the 12 6/8 abnormal on the right antler. If it was the same length, the buck would have netted 280 inches, making it the fourth largest for the province. In Saskatchewan, only residents are allowed to hunt mule deer by a special draw tag. I believe that for this very reason Saskatchewan continues to produce some of the highest scoring mule deer taken in North America.


The Baker Buck by Dayne Majeau

Dayne Majeau of Drayton Valley, Alberta, with the extraordinary whitetail he took in 2010. Main beams reach out to 25 2/8 and 24 6/8 with super brow-tines of 8 7/8 and 8 inches. This Alberta buck has a great inside spread of 22 3/8 inches. The gross score is 204, and after many deductions it still nets 190 7/8 non-typical points.


Our Own Piece of Hunting Heaven by Grant Bowie

Thomas de Scally of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, with the gigantic mule deer he took in 2010. If you like them wide, this buck fits that category. The greatest spread is a whopping 35 inches, and after a number of deductions, the buck still nets 173 6/8 typical points. De Scally contacted me last year to ask about submitting a story of the buck he took back in 2008. Upon seeing photos of this huge mulie, it was definitely “Big Buck” worthy.


Backyard Monster by Chris Miraglia as told to Garry Donald

Chris Miraglia of North Canton, Ohio, had a hunt of a lifetime that he never could have imagined. When he put up a trail camera in his backyard mere yards from his house and this buck showed up, it was all the bowhunter could think about. Let's look at some of the numbers on this huge Ohio buck. Greatest spread is 26 6/8 with a colossal inside spread of 24 4/8 inches. Longest main beam is 25 4/8, with awesome brow-tines of 9 6/8 and 10 inches even. Circumferences are nothing to sneeze at either with five of them carrying over five inches of mass. After 6 3/8 of deductions, the antlers net 177 6/8 typical points. Adding 17 2/8 of abnormal points, the final score is 195 non-typical, good enough for the Boone and Crockett record book.


Dreaming of Samson by Sue Taylor

Susan Taylor of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, stands beside the gigantic whitetail she took in that province in November of 2010. If you like seeing wide deer, then this buck is exactly that and more. Greatest spread is a whopping 26 2/8, and the inside spread is still in the WOW category at 23 6/8 inches. Main beams are 25 and 22 3/8, with brow-tines of 4 5/8 and 5 3/8. The tines are shorter than most big trophy whitetails, but not to worry, it makes up for that real quick. G-2s, G-3s and G-4s are pretty well all over eight inches. After 7 3/8 inches of side-to-side deductions, Susan's buck still nets 161 typical points. Now this gnarly 21-point whitetail also decided to grow a number of abnormals totalling 30 4/8 inches. Adding that to the typical portion, this wicked whitetail’s final score is 191 4/8 non-typical points. All photos by Doug Hildebrand.


N-Ice Buck by Alyssa Munton

Alyssa Munton of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, holds the big mule deer she took on November 11, 2011. It was the young hunter's first deer, and what a way to start a hunting career! Main beams both reach out to 26 4/8 with the brow-tines going 2 4/8 and 3 7/8 inches. Alyssa's buck carries excellent tine length, and here are some of the longest measurements: G-2 16 5/8, G-3 12 7/8 , G-4 13 5/8. Circumferences average 4 3/8 inches. The antlers ended up grossing 192 7/8, and after 12 total inches of deductions, the final score is 180 7/8 typical points. Also pictured is a happy Cole Peterson of Saskatoon.


Never Give Up by Darcy Brauer

Darcy Brauer of Fort Macleod, Alberta, with the truly gigantic mule deer he took in that province on November 13, 2010. Main beams are 27 1/8 and 25 3/8 with brow-tines of 1 6/8 and 1 4/8 inches. Longest G-2 reaches 14 4/8, G-3 is 10 1/8, and G-4 goes 10 6/8 inches. Circumferences are downright impressive with the largest being 7 7/8 whopping inches. After deductions of 8 5/8 inches, the net typical score ends up at 181 1/8. Darcy's mule deer also grew a tremendous amount of abnormal points that total 52 3/8 inches. The final score on this fine specimen is 233 4/8 non-typical points.


The Hypnotizer by Bill Longman

My little partner and I had headed out for a late August drive one evening to see what kind of velvet-covered magic Mother Nature had once again weaved. I started out for an area where my brother, Mike, had grazed a giant whitetail with a chunk of hot lead the previous fall. We had searched high and low for the buck and finally caught a glimpse of him late in the winter, looking no worse for wear. As we bounced down the old prairie trail, I smiled as my then seven-year-old boy gave me a vivid play-by-play of all that he saw even though I was watching it myself. As the Heavy Chevy passed a bumper crop of standing wheat, an unseen deer suddenly stood up in his afternoon bed. The buck was a dandy 5x5 in full velvet..


Saskatchewan's Top Whitetail for 2010 by Bryan Eberle

Bryan Eberle of Spalding, Saskatchewan, will certainly remember that fateful November 20, 2010. On that particular day, he harvested the highest scoring typical whitetail taken in the province that fall. If you like mass, no need to look any further as this monarch has that and more. Here are the impressive numbers on this king buck. Main beams have length indeed as they reach out to 28 2/8 and 28 3/8 inches. Brow-tines go 6 2/8 and 6 inches, and G-2s run 13 1/8 and 12 3/8. G-3s are dead even at 12 inches per side. There are also no deductions on the G-4s, which are both 8 4/8. Although this buck has one G-5, it luckily only lost 1 2/8 inches. Getting back to the mass, this big brute has six-inch bases and the rest of the circumferences go well over five inches and up to six solid inches. After 13 1/8 inches of deductions, Bryan’s buck still nets 191 3/8 typical points.


Big Bush Magic by Jon Behuniak

Jon Behuniak of Grande Prairie, Alberta, decided to hunt in a new area in 2009. Well, he certainly wasn't disappointed when he connected on this mega whitetail. Main beams both run over 26 inches with brow- tines that are dead even at 4 2/8 inches each. Longest G-2 is 11 3/8 and G-3 goes 11 inches. G-4s are4 6/8 and 4 4/8 inches. This northern Alberta whitetail has a gross score of 173 4/8 inches. After 12 inches of deductions, it still nets 161 4/8 typical points. Photos by Riley Boyd.

 


Journey for the Trippledropper by Garry Donald

Over the years I have been fortunate to have met up with many colossal whitetails and mule deer. As the prime photographer for this publication for 24 years now, I have captured thousands of photos. Each one of these magnificent animals has shown me just how cagey they can be. I guess I have to thank these big brutes for keeping me young at heart with a deep passion that burns within...

 


The Incredible Hulk by Jeff Schlachter

Curtis Narfason of Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, achieved an almost unachievable feat in November of 2010. There were no mistakes made when he crossed paths with this enormous heart-stopping, double drop-tined buck. Curtis’ world-class whitetail is the fourth biggest non-typical ever taken in Saskatchewan...

 


A Year to Remember by Kayla Dieno

We hunted on the way to the area where we had seen him before. While driving, we checked out some spots that looked promising. After only seeing a cow moose and two calves, we continued on. When we were about a mile from where we had seen the buck the first time, we decided to check out some bushes on the way. In the third bush we circled, Dad spotted a big guy lying under a willow bush...

 


The Lucidal Buck by Karen Bernecker

It was Sunday afternoon, October 17, 2010, the second day of bow season, and I was heading into our “Coffin Corner” stand. My husband, Art, and I had hung, trimmed, and marked yardage earlier in the year to get ready for the season. It was a warm sunny afternoon, and I had on my light camo, with my heavier camo packed in my backpack knowing that when the sun goes down it gets chilly...

 


When Wishes Come True by Austin Guerra

Austin Guerra found giant sheds from a buck they called “King of the Field” in the spring of 2009. The massive antlers scored 187 3/8 inches. (See photo on page 26, fall 2009 issue.) In 2010, Austin and his dad, Billy, were on the deer trails once again. Austin was following a well-used deer trail while his dad was checking out another part of a big field. He had only walked 300 yards when he found an enormous shed that would later score 102 inches. When the two of them met up later and Billy saw the antler his son was carrying, he nearly did a backflip! After some pictures and a quick snack, they decided to pick their way through the snowdrifts with the quad to try to find the mate...


Saskatchewan Heart Stopper by Garry Donald

Jesse Haug of Outlook, Saskatchewan, shows us the largest scoring whitetail taken in Saskatchewan during the 2009 whitetail season. Main beams on this brute are excellent at 25 5/8 and 26 even inches...

 


It Was In The Cards by Jeff Schlachter

My eyes practically popped right out of my head and my dad's jaw dropped to the ground as we stared at the absolute GIANT bull elk that stood in front of us at less than 50 yards. We felt completely helpless as neither one of us had a draw tag for elk, so I turned the video camera on to capture as much footage as I could of this brute of brutes. This bull was not only one of the widest we had ever laid eyes on, but sported insane mass and palmation like we had never seen before...


On Cloud Nine by Jeff Robbins

The fall of 2009, my fourth Alberta archery season, started out hot with above normal temperatures. My father and I hunted hard for almost three weeks with each of us trying to kill our first elk. We came close a few times. I finally tagged a 5x6 bull on the evening of the day that my father flew back to Ontario. I was extremely happy because this was my first bowkill since moving to Alberta back in 2006. I had shot numerous whitetails and turkeys back in Ontario, but no other big game...


Sneaky Pete by Lacy Shomaker

This story began during the hunting season of 2008 when I and my husband, Mark, were scouting land that we were leasing for 2009. The landowner, a friend of ours, rushed us up to the spot where he had just seen a huge buck and another young buck bedded just off the main road next to some cedars in tall CRP grass. After driving by a few times, trying to locate the spot, we suddenly saw him take off running in a crouched position about 20 yards off the main road. After this encounter, we decided to call him "Sneaky Pete" because of the way he had tried crawling out to avoid being detected...


Widest Canadian Moose Ever by Harley Busse

My hunting buddy Lon and I decided to enter the draw for farmland moose last fall. He lives in Kindersley, which is a short drive for me from Swift Current, and we thought it would be a good area to try to get a tag. As luck would have it, we
both drew tags in Zone 26. My buddy's neighbour, Grant, had also put his name in for moose but wasn't successful, so he took us out the night before the season opener and showed us some areas we could hunt. strategy was in order, and we figured that pushing some bluffs might improve our chances for a bull...


A Guide's Hunt by Brad Fry

"We're in luck today, boys," were the first words out of my mouth. We had just settled in behind our glasses on top of a massive rock outcropping that conveniently overlooked a sea of Arctic birch and willows.

It was late September in the extreme northern region of British Columbia, smack dab in the middle of the moose rut. I was no stranger to hunting moose in this part of the world as over the years I had guided many hunters to their trophy bulls...


El Dorado by Garry Donald

When the Saskatchewan 2009 hunting season came to a close, I was about to give up on my photography and video sessions. After being on the deer trails from the beginning of August to the end of November, I had already come to the conclusion that big trophy whitetails did not exist in this area which only a few years ago had held some real giants. After four long months, I was ready to throw in the towel. Still, one of my favourite sayings is "Never say whoa in a mud hole," so on December 10, I decided to give my blind one more visit...


The Duke by Garry Donald

During the 2008 hunting season, I photographed and took video footage of a few good mule deer bucks. One particular buck walked the same turf as another big buck called "Majestic the Second." This buck was run off by Majestic and I put the footage on my DVD Where Legends Roam #2. Bill Longman and I figured this was still a young buck that could be a real dandy in the future. I was pretty excited to find his sheds in April of 2009 lying only 30 yards apart. He net scored 194 non-typical points...


Broken Curse by Jason Villemaire

Over the past three hunting seasons, I have seen my family members harvest some great whitetail bucks. My dad, Mike, took a nice whitetail in 2003 that scored 176 typical. In 2004, my cousin Tyler got a nice non-typical that went 176. The following year, my uncle Gary and brother Jon both shot two great bucks, scoring 160 and 165 typical respectively. So you can only imagine the heckling and teasing I got from these four great hunting partners...


The Bull We Called "Mister" by Greg Alexander

Huntfest, my brother Gord and I had taken in a presentation held by Ralph and Vicki. During that presentation, they had touched on land permission, hunting pressure, public land and the amount of acres we are blessed to hunt. Acting on a hot tip from Sheldon Bolduc about some huge scrapes he had found earlier in the season, I told my wife that I was off to the big timber and fresh spring water...


Sneakin' Around the Sandhills by Brad Fry

My weather-worn hands dug into the dashboard of the circa 1950's vinyl that graced the interior of the ancient Cessna that was now hurtling down the makeshift runway. My death grip wasn't caused from lack of bush plane experience but rather from the horrendous speed at which we were travelling. You see, I had just completed my three-month "tour of duty" in the Yukon, and during that entire time, my derriere had not ever exceeded five mph, a direct result of being confined to either horse or human power...


The Garry Donald Earn-A-Buck Program by Rob Manley

They say good things come to those who wait. When the story involves Garry Donald and the act of pulling a trigger, you best add "and wait" to the age-old saying. Photo: Garry Donald of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his 4x4 whitetail that also grew two extra stickers. It was taken on November 30, 2009. Main beams are impressive at 26 inches, the longest tine is 13 inches, brow-tines go to 5 5/8, with circumferences at the bases at five inches. The antlers gross 157 and net 152 7/8 typical points. Bill Longman photo.


Hangin' With the Stars by Jeff Schlachter

Back in the mid-1990's, while watching Bentley Coben's first video production and listening to the soft, soothing narration of the late Gordon Eastman, I saw Cody Robbins for the first time. He was just a young punk kid, but I could tell instantly by the sparkle in his eyes that we shared one thing in particular: an incredible passion for hunting. Over the next few years, I always made sure to get Bentley's production of the year, looking forward to seeing what this young hunter had done over the season...


Sweeter Than Wine by Brent Saukarookoff

It all started when I helped my buddy's dad plant grapevines in his vineyard last summer. We planted 4,500 vines, and instead of being paid for my time, I asked if I could hunt their property for deer in the fall. He kindly gave me permission, which turned out to be the best pay I ever received! I had always dreamed of hunting deer on this property...


The Hog by Jason House

It all started three years ago when I spotted this hog of a buck in early rut. I got a look at him running off into the bush after four does. I knew it was going to be a big challenge to get a shot at this deer; he didn't get this big by being dumb. I hunted that area for the rest of the season, but didn't see him again.

It was a year later almost to the day when I got a second look at him...


Missed Opportunites & Captured Moments by Victor Hargraves

It was the cooler weather we were experiencing in August that kicked me out of the numbing work environment and back into hunting mode. In years past I'd scout out the areas I intended to hunt with the same reckless abandon as a gopher daring a Goodyear radial tire, wide-eyed and ready to go. It was really just for the chance encounter, regardless how fleeting it might be...


JoAnne Hernberg It Happens Just Like That by JoAnne Hernberg

There's a song that says, "The things you think could never happen, happen JUST LIKE THAT." Well, in the hunting world, it has happened to me twice in basically the same spot! The first buck, now known as "Triceridrops," came along on the first day of my ladies-only whitetail camp. We had just gotten back from picking up the ladies and getting their tags. It was too late in the day to set up camp, so we decided to hunt around home....


Melissa SmylieWindow Shopping by Melissa Smylie

On November 21, 2005, we heard from some neighbours that a big buck had been seen near our home in 150 Mile House, British Columbia. My husband, Jim, was on day shift at the local mill, so he told me to keep an eye out for it. Two days later, I was up early, getting my two youngest daughters, Emma and Laura, ready for school. Our oldest daughter, Katie, was away at university. I was at the kitchen sink and happened to look up and see the largest live deer I have ever seen, standing in the front yard.....


Bit by the AntlerNever Signed an Autograph by Cody Robbins

Five miles down the road from my family farm in Saskatchewan, in a little town called Tessier, lives Mr. Bentley Coben. This very accomplished fellow has been producing hunting videos for the last 20 years and is known for having the largest shed antler collection in North America. Since the time I was barely old enough to hunt, this man was a 10,000- pound statue of solid gold in my eyes. Someday, I wanted to be just like him. ......


Heavy Duty, the final chapterHeavy Duty, The Final Chapter by Garry Donald

This pdf is a photo essay of the life of Heavy Duty. To read the rest of the story, check out the Spring 2009 editorial.



Mule Deer Buck Photos - Page One, and Sheds - Page Two

Page one shows photos of this big mule deer while page two shows the sheds that were picked up from the same buck. Garry Donald says, "One afternoon I parked my Toyota Tacoma, then grabbed my camera and rattling antlers. With any luck at all, I was hoping to photograph a decent whitetail. When closing in on my chosen area, I decided to walk through a small bluff and set up on the edge of it. Suddenly I heard a crash and a mule deer doe bounced out in front of me, followed by a huge buck. At about 60 yards, he pulled up and looked back towards me. I knew I had only seconds, so I took two photos before he fled the scene. Bill Longman and I managed to see him once again while snowmobiling in the winter. We figured he should net 195 inches. One amazing Wednesday morning, I couldn't believe it when I spotted his right side shed on the crest of a hill where he had been feeding the night before. Exactly one week later, I picked up the mate a half a mile away. He had held on to that antler for some time."

Two Days With A Princess by Cody Robbins (348kb)

The lady on the loudspeaker called all passengers to now board the flight. I was leaving Montreal on my way home to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from a pretty long and wet Quebec Labrador caribou hunt. The muzzleloader mule deer season had started on October 1st, and it was now already the 12th and I hadn't even been out scouting yet! I'm sure the mule deer gods were not very proud of me at this point. My phone started vibrating, so I reached down and yoinked it out of my pocket. It was Mr. Shockey...



Where's the Lucky Horseshoe? by Jeff Schlachter (456kb)

As the morning sun slowly began to rise, casting a gorgeous pink hue onto the high peaks of the Alberta Rockies, my dad rode his horse up ahead on the first day of a week-long hunt. He stopped on a high mountain trail, and as I rode up beside him, he pointed down to a horseshoe lying on the ground. He said, “Well, Jeff, there's your horseshoe and it's pointing lucky side up.”



The Lloyd Smith Bucks by Larry Warantz (328kb)

In 2007, Lloyd Smith of Riding Mountain, Manitoba, harvested his biggest whitetail. The massive 5x5 has an inside spread of only 15 3/8 inches, but long tine length and massive 26 4/8 inch beams make up the difference.With circumferences ranging from 4 2/8 to 5 1/8 inches, tines from 5 4/8 up to 13 4/8 inches, and brow-tines of 7 4/8 and 7 1/8 inches, you end up with 177 1/8 net typical Boone and Crockett points.



Big John by Mike Charowhas (228kb)

An incredible event happened on February 1, 2008. A farmer who lives in the Midwest United States was just pulling out of his driveway to do his morning duties. As he glanced to his left, he spotted a gigantic antler lying points up. As he pulled over, it sure didn't take long before he reached the shed antler. The farmer couldn't believe the size of it, and wondered how a deer like this could have eluded all the hunters during the 2007 hunting season...


Bit by the AntlerThe Flint Hills King by Mike Charowhas (400kb)

Back in the summer of 1996, a Kansas dove hunter went to retrieve a dove that he had shot. When he approached the area where the bird had landed, there lay a GIANT left shed with an amazing row of typical tines. When the surprised hunter picked it up, he knew he hadn't found just any antler! He desperately looked for the other side, but the task wasn't quite that easy, and the other side wasn't found, that is, until... 


Bit by the AntlerKing Kong by Kara Imlach (200kb)

We first spotted this big mule deer in the fall of 2005. He wintered in the same are as my brother Kyle's Boone and Crockett moose. Due to the buck's size, we had nicknamed him "King Kong." During the 2006 hunting season, I was excited to find out I had been drawn for an elusive mule deer tag. I was sure hoping I would get the big fellow, because I was getting tired of hearing about Kyle's big moose. Well, you know how brothers are...


Bit by the AntlerBit by the Antler by Jeff "The Shedhead" Waschbusch (320kb)

Ever since I was nine years old, I have followed the hunting trails of my father with big hopes of seeing him get the big one. Eleven years later, he is still my very own personal guide and I now have a new understanding of the term “buck fever.” It was September 2002 when it all started. Dad and I set out on our usual hunting trail one morning. We headed towards a nearby clover field, where we spotted a group of mule deer does feeding just outside the treeline.


November BucksNovember Bucks by Crystal Faessler (684kb)

Ever since I was nine years old, I have followed the hunting trails of my father with big hopes of seeing him get the big one. Eleven years later, he is still my very own personal guide and I now have a new understanding of the term “buck fever.” It was September 2002 when it all started. Dad and I set out on our usual hunting trail one morning. We headed towards a nearby clover field, where we spotted a group of mule deer does feeding just outside the treeline.

Records Are Made To Be Broken by Myra S. Smith (704kb)

This hunt actually started over two years ago. One evening in the summer of 2004 after I had put our boys to bed, my husband, Greg, and I were watching Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor Adventures. They were hunting mule deer in Sonora, Mexico. Near the end of the show, the ranch “accommodations” were highlighted. There was a pool, games room, and they described how the cooks made homemade tortillas. I laughed and told my husband, who goes hunting in Canada every year, “You are always wanting me to go on a hunting trip with you, well, I'll go to Rancho Grande.” Before I knew it, we were booked.