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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

Who is the Best Whitetail Hunter in the World?

August 04, 2010 at 05:27 PM

I was asked the other day, who was the best deer hunter in all of America. I thought for a minute and went down sort of a mental checklist before I responded. Just as I was about to speak, I thought it over again. Throughout my second guessing, I thought the following was worth mentioning.

My first impression was the multitude of old timers I spoke with during my lifetime. I’ve met some real knowledgeable men in my days who knew the land (and the animals they hunted) with surprising knowledge. I loved talking to the old guys because they had nothing to prove. They weren’t out for fame or fortune and their eyes just twinkled when speaking of a particular hunt. I could tell they really loved their sport! I was always impressed by how much they knew and the tactics they used. Their English was a bit off and their clothes were not correctly matched but they loved life in the outdoors. Maybe that was why I was so drawn to them.

Then, I started thinking about a guy I once knew who always had a plan B when trying to get his buck. Since plan A rarely worked, I was impressed that eventually he always seem to make it work. I liked the fact that he never gave up. I never had much sympathy for anyone who didn’t have any fun hunting when getting skunked, but this guy would just smile and say “I’ll get him another day”. I could tell he just enjoyed being outdoors.

What started out as a simple question became a real real brain twister for me. Eventually, I found him though!

This person loves the outdoors enough that he really doesn’t care if he scores every time he heads out to the timber. He enjoys watching the leaves turn colors in the fall, watching the sun come up and go down, listening to the birds chip when they wake up, the animals feeding and so forth. When he does harvest a deer, he gives thanks, uses all of the meat from the animal, places the remains in a spot so the other animals can feed from them and then feels grateful for such a wonderful event. In addition to the hunt, he sometimes goes out of his way to take another person who isn’t so fortunate, with him, in an attempt to give him/her the joy that he feels (even if it means no harvest for him). This person takes the time to explain to children the importance of hunting and managing wildlife for the sake of future generations. When time permits, he will voice his concerns/comments for all to listen, hoping it will benefit other hunters sometime in the future. He’s the type of guy who truly enjoys seeing someone else harvest an amazing animal with absolutely no jealousy or envy whatsoever. In fact, this person gets more pleasure from watching a child’s face light up when in the wild, that he would if it were him.

So in essence, the best whitetail hunter in America lives somewhere not too far from us! He’s the guy who we don’t hear too much about. He’s rarely, if ever, on TV. He could be your Grandparent, father or mother, brother and maybe a combination of them.

Do you know who he/she is?

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