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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

Getting ready for October

June 19, 2009 at 04:09 PM

Bruce Bennett sent me this picture of a stand he built recently. He’s heeding advice and getting ready for October now, not leaving anything to chance on opening day. Here’s Bruce’s account of his progress:

“Been taking your pre-planning calendar seriously this year and staying on top of things.  Built this stand in March.  Moved disassembled materials to farm for Turkey season, then spent a couple of days in June getting it done.  I’m really happy with the outcome – 16 ft 4X4s.  I also build some doors into the frame to hold my PMS cover branches or my gun – I plan to take a muzzleloader with me during shotgun season and just lock it up in the stand overnight. 

I’ve never shot a bow out of a stand at that height – so now comes the practice stage for the next couple of months.

The cool thing – is that with a 4X6 platform – I’ll be able to bring my son along when he gets a few year’s older.  I also put some pretty cool safety features on it like a fall guy retractor and ladder step slip covers – “

With three and a half months to go, it will be here sooner than you think! If you are a stand hunter, it’s a great time to get a new stand acclimated to the surroundings.


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