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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

The Classic was “classic”

March 02, 2009 at 07:37 AM

Another Deer Classic goes by.

Why is it after standing/sitting in a booth for three days you feel like you were just hit by a Mack truck? Feet, legs and the rest of your connective tissue just aches and throbs. You would never think that attending a booth would be such a burden on your body. Then there’s the duck calls! Every year it seems like I’m lucky enough to get next to a booth that sells calls and this year was no different. Call after call, every other minute for hours…someone please help me! This same guy was selling an owl hooter and he would hoot over an over until I hooted with my mouth back at him, loud enough to get any tom to gobble within the next 10 miles, in which at that time he just looked amazed. 

Then there was Goliath, I hate that mount! The same questions came: “Where was he shot?” The answer: “Pekin”. The question: “Really”. The answer: “No not really. He was a pen raised deer who scored 430 gross and 410 net…......” After going through that routine for several hours, I quietly changed chairs until Jeff decided to sit in the chair next to Goliath. From a distance, I heard Jeff say “He was a pen raised deer, scoring…....” At that point, I just smiled as I watched him repeat himself over and over.

Not to sound like that TV character, Becker, who is always complaining, I did have a good time. I was able to meet the other PSO staff and enjoyed talking to every one of them! I felt like I was one of the gang and had known them for decades. Jeff did a great job assembling a staff that is both knowledgeable and personable. I also enjoyed eating about a pound of jerky and deer sticks. I spent about $15.00 on bottled water though, until I got smart enough to bring my own. I also was amazed to find that so many people visit PSO often and stopped by to let us know. Each and every one of them were friendly and expressed their appreciation for the website. Along with seeing some old friends, it was all worth the ride.

My highlight of the show was an unexpected surprise. I had the chance to meet Matt Hughes, the 9 time UFC Welterweight champion. After getting an autograph for my 16 year old son who wrestles, Matt came over to our booth and shot the breeze with me. Ultimately, he agreed to an interview with me in the next few weeks about his love for hunting. Matt was great to meet in person and was very down to earth. I’ve always been a fan of Matt Hughes not only because of his ability to perform in the octagon but also because he is just a classy individual.

So, all in all ,will I do it again next year? Of course! It’s the Deer Classic and I love deer!

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