Well, I just finished a really enjoyable week in the deer woods…and I barely hunted! Helped two friends—FS special projects editor Dave Hurteau and bowhunting icon Dwight Schuh—as they chased whitetails on our Minnesota property. Sent Dave home deerless, but Dwight managed a gorgeous 9-point buck, which he rattled in on a windy, windy day. Nothing I love better than seeing a good friend tag a great buck! I hated to see my buddies go, but I’m off to Iowa for a bowhunt now, so that should help me deal with the loss…

With the rut in full swing, great photos and stories keep coming in. This one comes from Iowa, where this father/son duo of Brad and Carter Wieck teamed up on an awesome Hawkeye State bruiser. Apparently, the two were tucked in a ground blind when the giant buck—check out those incredible forked G-2’s—strolled in mere yards from their position. Brad urged Carter to blow a grunt call to stop the deer, and dad managed to hold it together and make a great shot. Think Carter is hooked on deer hunting?