A Bear for the Ages

A Bear for the Ages

  It would not be even the slightest untruth to declare that the friendship I am fortunate to share with George Butler was born of chance and solidified through a progression of odd circumstances. Of course, many relationships follow a similar path. What makes...
A Southern Christmas Hunt

A Southern Christmas Hunt

  On the plantations that I know, deer hunting on Christmas Day is as natural as a Christmas tree, or kissing one’s sweetheart under the mistletoe. After breakfast we gather on the plantation porch, and I smell the yellow jasmine that is tossing her saffron...
A First Hunt, a Trophy Buck, and a Proud Dad

A First Hunt, a Trophy Buck, and a Proud Dad

  There were days when Jerame Hugunin doubted that his dream of taking his son deer hunting would ever materialize. Brayden, you see, was born with cerebral palsy and can’t walk or talk. Despite those disabilities, he knows what is going on around him and can...
One Snake, Three Deer

One Snake, Three Deer

  Burmese pythons are the scourge of the Florida Everglades, eating anything they can fit inside their cavernous jaws. They’re known to eat deer when the opportunity arises, but one invasive serpent has officially set a world record: three deer in its gut...
Bullies in Big Country

Bullies in Big Country

  We left our boots outside. That’s my first thought when my son wakes up, looks out the window of our camp trailer, and declares it’s Christmas. We hiked muddy trails yesterday, so we didn’t bring our boots in. It’s actually Labor Day weekend. We weren’t...
Watch: Doing the Right Thing

Watch: Doing the Right Thing

[topvideo]   Every year, hunters seem to find bucks in ever-increasingly difficult predicaments. There was the deer stuck between two hay bales; the buck who caught his antlers in a tree swing. But of all the unusual ways deer seem to get themselves stuck during...
Appreciating a Whitetail Buck

Appreciating a Whitetail Buck

  Appreciating a whitetail buck should be easy, but . . . It’s funny how a hunter’s perspective can change. When we begin hunting, we’re eager and happy to see a deer, let alone a buck, let alone a big buck. But with time and experience, we...
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