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The Hometown Buck

Big bucks and small towns. When combined, the two variables create heroes. Rusty Purdy was one of my best friends from grade school through high school, and he killed such a buck. It was a newspaper-maker, one that stirred talk at local ballgames and in the halls at our county...


In Pursuit of Porky

You’ve heard the stories before of lucky hunters stumbling upon and harvesting their bucks of a lifetime. These fortunate people didn’t scout or pattern their monster bruisers. They just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Such a fate falls to very few, and as Shawn...


Cameron Hanes Joins Team Realtree

When preparing for bow season during the summer months, most people tune their bows, shoot them a couple times a week and mend and pack all of their essential gear for opening day. But, if you’re Realtree’s newest Pro staffer Cameron Hanes, you’re not like most people. In fact, if...


Realtree’s 2008-2009 Forecast

Realtree Pro staffers, camera crew and friends know how to hammer huge bucks. Their hunting knowledge and abilities are unquestionable and they are admired by many for their successes afield. Yes, they may have the “skills to pay the bills,” but when it comes to downing monster bucks and other...


An Unusual Opening Day

Outdoorsmen may claim that they don’t consider the harvest of an opening-day trophy as an indication of how the season will unfold. After 23 years of opening-day hunts, I say “Who are they kidding?” On this weekend, every sportsman becomes superstitious. They try to hide it to the best of...


Get Ready for Roosevelt’s

I was stuck—again. My legs were hopelessly tangled in blackberry brambles, the thorns tearing at my legs like a dog on a T-bone steak. The biggest dang ferns I’d ever seen in my life were blocking my vision. My bow was held at arms length above my head and no...


Noodling for Catfish

It sounds like something out of scary movie. Slog along the banks of a river and stick your hands into holes underwater actually hoping something clamps down on your fist. And you hope that the thing doing the biting is a big catfish. This is noodling. No sleek bass boats...


A New Place to Go Elk Hunting

What you notice first about Santa Fe and remember later is the smell: a clean whiff of mesquite, juniper and piñon pine that drenches the dry desert air. But that isn’t the only homegrown blend the city distills. Sante Fe is equal parts Wild West and New Age, Native American...


Will Hunt…for Land?

Land … They ain't making any more of the stuff. — Will Rogers America tuned in to color TV. Teenagers danced to “American Bandstand,” and rock ’n’ roll shook up a conservative nation. But John Mullin wasn’t diggin’ the Fabulous Fifties. Life in America’s Heartland was far more serious than...


Turkeys at 2,100 Feet Per Second

There’ve been so many times I’ve yelped on my calls, seductively as possible, and watched in agony as a strutting tom gobbled 70 yards from my setup in a wide-open field. I won’t lie, I’ve thought about having a rifle in my hand and ending that gobbling right then and...


A Grande Tale


Pickles, Ice Cream and a Huntin’ Fool

“My husband is going to kill me,” I thought as I crouched down behind a brush pile while streaks of lightning illuminated the cloud-darkened sky and sleet pelted my jacket. I was three-months pregnant with my second child and had just promised my husband, Brett, that I would use good...


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