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  • September 28, 2012

    How I Shot Dave Hurteau

    By Scott Bestul

    Remember this buck? I showed you two trail-cam pictures of him back in July. You may recall that Hurteau had just gone off on people who name bucks. So I took him to task in my next post and asked you to help me name this double-forked 4-year-old.

    Buckhunter wrote: “There is only one name to give a deer as sly, smart, and cagey as the one in the photo. Dave Hurteau. Later this fall, your blog title will say, ‘How I Shot Dave Hurteau.’”

    Well, the name stuck. The real Hurteau and I have been calling him that ever since. And sure enough, on Monday evening, I shot “Dave Hurteau.”

  • September 26, 2012

    Poll: Are You a Bad-Ass Deer Hunter? (And Should Bestul Grow a Beard?)

    By Dave Hurteau

    Anyone who watches outdoor TV knows this already, but for those who don’t, I’ll spell it out for you: Bad-Ass Deer Hunters (BADH) wear goatees.

  • September 23, 2012

    King Buck Special Coverage: Q&A With B&C Records Committee Chairman Eldon “Buck” Buckner

    By Scott Bestul

    Shortly after the King Buck was panel scored yesterday, I was able to interview Buck Buckner, the man responsible for assembling the B&C special scoring panel that measured the Johnny King buck. After a long day at Boone & Crockett headquarters in Missoula, Montana, Buckner called me as he drove to the airport. I’d already learned that the panel had determined that the King Buck was not the new world record typical.

    F&S: So the King Buck will not replace the Hansen buck. What did it come down to?

    Buckner: The panel determined that the 3rd point on the right side was an abnormal point and had to be deducted. This automatically makes the matching 3rd point on the left side abnormal, too, which then also had to be deducted from the score.

    F&S: From my understanding of B&C procedure, assembling this panel fell outside the normal protocol. Why did you choose to do it?

  • September 23, 2012

    King Buck Special Coverage: Are You Satisfied With B&C’s Panel Score?

    By Dave Hurteau

    As we’ve reported, a special B&C world-record scoring panel has measured the King buck to determine once and for all if it deserves to topple Milo Hansen’s long-time mark. Late yesterday afternoon, the club announced that King’s giant Wisconsin buck fell short, earning a typical score of 180.

    In a poll I posted last Thursday, nearly sixty percent of you felt it was right for B&C to convene the panel, and to, as one commenter put it, “Just score it…and end it all.” In the coverage leading up to the announcement, I said that some folks would cry foul no matter what the outcome. I wonder, however, how loud the cry will now be. 

  • September 22, 2012

    Live Blog: Countdown to the King Buck Decision

    By Dave Hurteau

    Field & Stream's Deputy Editor and whitetail blogger Dave Hurteau is waiting to hear the final decision on whether or not the King Buck will be the new world record typical whitetail.

    4:37 Eastern; 2:37 Mountain
    The wait is over. The Johnny King buck is not the new world-record tyical whitetail. From the B&C press release, which you can read in full on their site: 

  • September 21, 2012

    Short Story Contest: What's Going On In This Picture?

    By Dave Hurteau

    When an F&S writer submits a how-to article, we often ask him to include a sketch that we can give to an illustrator for reference. This is a great source of humor for us editors--too great, it seems to me, to keep it to ourselves.

    And so, above is David Draper’s latest work. I love the colors. Still, having skipped most of my Art History classes, I'm not sure I quite understand it and was going to ask Draper for an explaination. But maybe you can help.

  • September 21, 2012

    Possible Minnesota and Wisconsin Nontypical Bow Records Tagged On Opening Weekend

    By Scott Bestul

    The 2012 archery season is less than a week old in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and yet both states already have potential new state-record bow bucks. I was on a 4-day bow hunt in northern Wisconsin for the opener, and when I returned these two photos were in my email. If the accompanying green scores are legit, these bucks will set the bar very high for the season.

    Jeff Iverson of southeastern Minnesota tagged the first buck above, a beautiful nontypical that is said to have green scored 234-7/8 inches. The current Gopher State record for a bow-killed nontypical is 227-3/8, taken by Scott O’Konek in Morrison County in October of 2009.

  • September 20, 2012

    Potential World-Record King Buck Will Be Panel Scored This Weekend. But Should It Be?

    By Dave Hurteau

    By noon this Saturday, we could have a new B&C world-record typical whitetail. After more than a year of controversy, conspiracy theories, and cries for “fairness,” the Boone and Crocket Club will panel score the famously embroiled King buck to determine if it officially ousts Milo Hansen’s nearly 19-year-old mark.

    But should they?

    Unless you just crawled out from under a rock, you know that Deer & Deer Hunting kicked off this ruckus last summer with a cover story deliciously entitled: “World-Record Cover-Up?” I won’t get into all the gory details; for the purposes of this blog all you need to know is that B&C, I can infer, feels bush-wacked, side-swiped, and dumbfounded to have been accused of fraudulently denying the King buck the world-record score it deserves.

    Their accusers have demanded one thing above all else: a panel score. And now they are going to get it. But is B&C right to give it to them? First, a few important considerations:

  • September 17, 2012

    Poll: Where Exactly Do Bucks Bed?

    By Dave Hurteau

    In an age when a growing number of readers can’t consume more than 250 words without popping an Adderall, oversimplification rules the day. And so, more than ever, deer hunting articles say simply “find the bedding area” or “set up 150 yards from the bedding area” as if these areas were roped off and all the trees inside were decorated with Christmas lights.

    We know, of course, that nailing down the exact location of bedding areas ain’t so simple in the real world. Among the three main components of any deer’s non-rut pattern—a feeding area, a travel route, and a bedding area—I’d say none is more commonly guessed at than the last.

  • September 14, 2012

    On Hocus-Pocus Clothing, Gear Reviews, and Integrity

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay, I’m done with the sixth-sense topic, but I need to reference it once more to make an entirely different point. Searching on Google before my last post to make sure Bestul’s “Sixth Sense” column had not previously run on the site, I came across a discussion on a popular whitetail forum in which one reader slams the article for mentioning the HECS StealthScreen suit, designed to insulate a human’s electromagnetic field, and the next reader then says, “Yes, I read that article…but kind of blew it off as a marketing piece….”

    This brings up what I think is an unfortunate trend: a growing distrust of the outdoor media, which is not exactly unfounded in general, but I want to speak to F&S specifically.

    Unlike the reader above, I know all of you have enough feel for nuance to realize that Bestul’s mention of the HECS suit was tongue-in-cheek, bordering on derisive. But I think it is worth pointing out that we do not do “marketing pieces” and try to pass them off as columns, reports, or gear reviews.

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