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Stories From Deer Camp

  • Glued To The Spot
    Story : Posted 12-23-2014

    Glued To The Spot

    Clint Cheatham is a third-generation member of the Spotsville Deer Camp, located along the Union and Columbia county lines in southern Arkansas. Cheatham's grandfather was one of the founding members of the camp in 1964, and for the past 50 years the camp has provided hunting and fellowship for its members.

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  • Show-and-Tell Deer
    Story : Posted 12-22-2014

    Show-and-Tell Deer

    For show-and-tell, T.A. Lewis's teacher put a photo of him and the deer he killed on the classroom smartboard, then she had him talk about it.

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  • Is There Such Thing as a 'Cull' Buck
    Story : Posted 12-19-2014

    Is There Such Thing as a 'Cull' Buck

    A “cull” or “management” buck is one that is of inferior genetics or does not meet the standards of what an average deer should be in that herd, at a certain age. For some hunters it is a daily term, but for others they will never use it.

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  • Kansas Accidental Opportunity
    Story : Posted 12-18-2014

    Kansas Accidental Opportunity

    John Butler was sitting in the “Hangover Stand,'' a name given to the stand just 50 yards from the clubhouse. For obvious reasons, it would be the first choice of anyone unable to get out of bed on time, but up in time to actually hunt.

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  • What Is the Second Rut?
    Story : Posted 12-18-2014

    What Is the Second Rut?

    Whether you hunt in the Northeast or Midwest, around this time of the year you will often hear hunters begin to talk about seeing the “second rut.” Scrapes open up, and like in early November, bucks can be seen dogging does.

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  • Nothing Like Deer Camp
    Story : Posted 12-17-2014

    Nothing Like Deer Camp

    Deer camp is one of the most cherished traditions in the hunting community, and for good reason. It's a gathering place for multiple generations of family and friends, many of whom see each other only during that special time.

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  • Compassionate Convictions
    Story : Posted 12-12-2014

    Compassionate Convictions

    I recently caught a spotlighter who had hidden his rifle and light off in the weeds just before I encountered him. He was a young man about to get married and with his first child on the way.

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  • Pleased to Meat You
    Story : Posted 12-12-2014

    Pleased to Meat You

    Although he doesn't hunt anymore, Andy Shaw saw more deer this fall than most. Of course, none were alive.

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  • Handguns for Deer
    Gear : Posted 12-05-2014

    Handguns for Deer

    Handgun hunting for deer is the ultimate challenge for a firearms deer hunter. Is it the extreme test of hunter stalking and shooting skills, so if you are looking for a new deer hunting experience to reinvigorate your hunting, then give handgun hunting a go.

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  • Indiana Rut: Hoosier Daddy?
    Story : Posted 12-05-2014

    Indiana Rut: Hoosier Daddy?

    After spending three days at a deer camp for the opening of the Indiana rifle season, I am baffled that the Hoosier state is lost in this conversation.

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