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Monster Bucks in “The Bow Zone”

December 2, 2013 by  
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My 2013 “Bow Zone Buck” Webster’s definition of accomplishment: Something done, achieved or accomplished successfully. My definition: Surviving the harshest, most brutal conditions that Mother Nature can throw at you in one of the toughest places in the country to harvest a big whitetail, “The Edmonton Bow Zone”. Finally after 7 trips to “the zone”… […]

Monster Bucks in Illinois by Adam Hays

December 17, 2012 by  
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After picking up one of the biggest sheds I have ever found back in March, I had high hopes for my 2012 Illinois season. I knew this animal could be a world class 8 point if he survived, so I couldn’t wait to start running my trail cameras in the summer, in hopes of locating […]

Monster Bucks and early season

July 31, 2012 by  
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Illinois 2011, during the October Lull Where has the summer gone, and all the giant bucks? Usually by this time of the year I have been able to pinpoint the location of a couple big whitetails to concentrate my early season efforts on, not so this year! I know this hot and dry summer has […]

Monster Bucks and Late Season Food Sources

January 4, 2012 by  
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When it comes to wrapping your tag around a late season giant your success can rely greatly on your ability to find the best food source available in your area. As I discussed in my last column, security  cover also plays a huge role in late season strategies but you can bet that the cover […]

Monster Bucks and late season cover

December 19, 2011 by  
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One of my best bucks to date, taken from a 9 acre thicket ! Don’t overlook the small patches of cover! When it comes to chasing giant whitetails during the late season, it’s all about security cover! By the time snow starts to fly in December, the deer have been pressured by bow and gun […]

Monster Bucks Late Season

December 7, 2011 by  
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December Giant If you haven’t filled your archery tag yet don’t worry, some of the best hunting of the year is still to come! My favorite time of the season to shoot a mature deer is definitely early, but my second favorite is late season. I know the rut is a great time to kill […]

Monster Bucks: Success and Failure

November 24, 2011 by  
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Illinois 2011 I had an incredible gun season this year in Illinois, sharing deer camp with some great friends and scoring on this 140” 8 point first thing Friday morning! In fact, I had my best season ever in Illinois, filling both my archery and gun tags for the first time this year after hunting […]

Monster Bucks and Quality Equipment

November 17, 2011 by  
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My biggest buck to date, taken 2 hours after I hung the stand. Illinois has been one of my favorite hunting destinations for the last 6 or 7 years, and I normally draw a bow and a gun tag, (non residents can shoot one buck with a bow and one with a gun) and with […]

Monster Bucks in Canada – not this time!

November 8, 2011 by  
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Well like they say all good things must come to an end, and so did my lucky streak, just never imagined it would happen in Canada! Yes, after 4 great bucks in a row – Wyoming, Ohio, Kansas and Illinois – I got skunked in Canada! I really believed after starting my bow season off […]

The October Lull in Kansas and Illinois

October 31, 2011 by  
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Kansas 2011 Even though it’s a tough time to hunt, the “October Lull” has been very good to me this year! In my last column I talked about a couple great bucks I was chasing in Kansas, and even though they are both still walking, I managed to take a great buck before I left […]

Monster Bucks in Kansas

October 16, 2011 by  
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Pig Farm Giant! As I sat perched in a tall cottonwood overlooking the hillside of c.r.p, the cool northwesterly breeze felt good on my face as I glassed the cover for antlers, man it’s great to be back in Kansas! I absolutely love hunting this type of habitat, and Kansas is loaded with it, one […]

The Dark Horse

October 4, 2011 by  
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Finally, after 2 long years, passing up a shot without camera light last season, numerous trail camera pics and 5 sightings in the past two weeks – the Dark Horse is dead! It’s been quite a September for me, making up for a heaping helping of tag casserole from last year, I’ve started off my […]

Monster Bucks vs Patience

September 27, 2011 by  
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When it comes to hunting Monster Bucks, especially early in the season, patience is the name of the game! They say patience is a virtue, but in this situation it might be better explained that in order to make the best of a difficult situation, we have to understand the circumstances and deal with them […]

Monster Bucks in September

September 20, 2011 by  
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Solitude Ranch Buck 2011 My season started off in the Edmonton Bow Zone this year, unsuccessfully I might add, but I did have my opportunity! The week started off slow, showing up a week ahead of the season opener I thought I would have time to locate some deer worth hunting, not so.  The weather […]

Monster Bucks during Red October

September 9, 2011 by  
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There’s a special time coming, a time when conditions are perfect for harvesting a giant whitetail buck, I call it “Red October”. In the past few weeks I talked about hunting the Opener and the October Lull, both have there own unique characteristics and offer the hunter an opportunity to tag a good deer, but […]

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