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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

Illinois hunting and fishing

Scores of deer sightings

January 04, 2009 at 02:15 PM

With numerous hunters reporting a lack of deer activity this season, I thought you’d find it interesting that I’ve received many reports of large herds of deer sighted this past week. As expected, the early cold snap shut all deer movement down to a crawl. But usually after such a snap, the deer can be rather eager to feed. I had just mentioned to my son last week when the weather busted, that this would be a great time to hunt. That very day I saw numerous deer and they were feeding rather early in the afternoon.

Yesterday, I found myself sitting in a gymnasium enduring a 9 hour wrestling tournament in which my son Drake was a part of. In-between the matches, I had several hunters approach me and mention that they frequently visit PSO to read hunting material, etc. Nearly every hunter I spoke with told me that they saw an abundance of deer in the last few days, some (like Rick Capelle of Morton) even mentioned that he’s seen more now than he has all season. One reason for the abundance could be for the fact that deer yard together this time of year so when you see one, you see the whole herd. Another reason could be that the cold weather put a strain on their bodies, so they simply came out of hiding to find nourishment for themselves. Either way, with the temperatures remaining in the 20-30’s this week, expect to find activity, especially near food plots, cut corn/beans, etc. One word of caution, with the added stress of an early cold spell, bucks could have dropped their antlers already so if you want to hunt that big boy next year, watch closely what you shoot!

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