big bucks

Dr. Jeffrey Lusk with his Mississippi River island 183-inch 16-point buck.

What a Difference a Year Makes for Monster 183-inch Buck

Dr. Jeffry Lusk pretty much planned things out but, as we know, making plans when you’re dealing with big white-tailed bucks is kind of like building a bridge with twigs. Everything can go right and you get a gorgeous twig bridge. Or you do one thing wrong and it collapses. Ditto with dealing with...

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Don’t Give Up When You Bump a Buck From His Core Area

Spooking a buck in his core area doesn’t mean the game is finished. In some cases, it has really just begun. By Bill Vaznis The buck exploded from underfoot like a firecracker and zigzagged across the creek and up the wooded hillside before disappearing into a thick stand of hemlocks. The unmistakable noise of...

Aaron Carter with the NRA is geared up, after about 15 minutes or more of prep, for his afternoon in a ground blind in Kansas. Harsh conditions call for careful planning and good apparel to ward off bone-chilling temperatures.

Southern Blood, Kansas Cold and Preparing for the Clash

Being an ol’ southern boy, deer hunting in Kansas temperatures dipping into the teens or lower combined with teeth-chattering wind riding an Arctic wave and blasting out of the Rockies is quite an experience. Unlike my co-workers who live in Wisconsin and deal with real winter conditions each year, we don’t have anything like...

Willie Hettinger of Montana loves bowhunting for big bucks.

Unique Deer, Unique Country in Kansas

Just west of Alva in northwest Oklahoma, the two-lane state highway begins climbing a bit until it tops out on a small ridge. If you slow down a bit and take it all in, the expanse of rugged terrain stretching toward the skinny Panhandle is mesmerizing. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor Stark, of course,...

Joe Akin of Alabama with 15-point buck killed in Tennessee in late November.

Akin’s 15-Point Grassy Knoll Buck Kept Him Guessing

Joe Akin of Alabama was hunting in late November with his father and a good friend up in Tennessee on private land and had one of those days they’ll talk about for many years. Akin provided us with his story about the successful hunt and his big buck. By Joe Akin My dad reported...

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Alsheimer: Bucks Begin to Recover After the Rut

For all practical purposes the rut is over in the North. For the better part of the last 40 days, bucks have been on the march searching for does to breed. During that time they’ve devoted little attention to eating, causing them to lose up to 25 percent of their pre-rut body weight. Though breeding...

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How Monster Bucks Become Bad Dudes

Let’s take a closer look at what factors cause older, mature bucks — those giant deer we all dream about — to become truly belligerent. By Charles J. Alsheimer In my mind, there are two kinds of white-tailed bucks. Those less than 2½ years old are youngsters and teen-agers, who are trying to find...