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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.

 

Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Reports of Bucks Peeling!

August 19, 2010 at 08:05 AM

Watching bucks shed their antlers is a reminder or even a wake up call to all who plan on bow hunting in about 5 weeks! We are now getting into the final phase of summer as Mother Nature prepares us for the upcoming season. It’s hard to believe that antler growth has reached its peak and revealing hard white bone for all of us to salivate over.

If you’re not ready for the fall hunt, you have better get with it! Opening day is NOT the time to begin the thinking process. Remember, some of the best deer hunting is in the first 2 weeks of October, so don’t let it pass you by! I’m going to post my annual “Hit List” soon on what products I’ve tested this year that were the best in their field, so you don’t have to guess. I’ve tested some really great stuff and some not-so great stuff but because I’m kind, I’ll only post the great stuff, unless I feel a company is trying to swindle you, then I’ll be all over it grin

If you’re a tree stand hunter, start shooting from an elevated position for practice. I shoot from all sorts of positions when I practice. I like to shoot from a back yard deck that’s elevated, from the sides of gullies, small hills overlooking trails, bottom ground shooting upwards, etc. You NEVER know where that next deer will come from, so be prepared! Know your arrow and its flight path! No second guessing.

If you’re like me, it seems like I always make some really stupid mistakes in my first few trips into the woods! You would think after nearly 40 years in the timber, I would remember what NOT to do. I think it’s inevitable for me to screw something up, so I try to focus each year what I did the previous year and to avoid a similar situation. Mistakes or not, I’m looking forward to another Illinois season!

How about you?

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