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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

This is where antlers should be

June 13, 2009 at 08:48 PM

As much as I don’t want to, I’m taking a break from my interactive property/land hunting set-up project. I promise I’ll get back to it as soon as I get more time! I’m at peak season in the construction industry and “it ain’t pretty”, if you know what I mean! There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, so for now I thought I would slide in a picture of a buck with his antlers beginning to grow. It’s now June and this buck had his mug shot taken in June just to show you how far along the mature bucks should be with their antlers now.

This is no time to snooze everyone! Bow season will be here in 4 months…that’s 4 months! Can you believe that? I’m going to do my best in helping my readers get ready for the season with some more interactive projects starting in about 4 weeks. I think it will be cool to see who’s strategies are working and so on. Maybe we can all learn something new between us.

I’m also going to introduce some new products that you may find helpful. It seems like everyone has improved upon something this year and I’ll show you some of the latest and the greatest! I’ll also show you what to stay away from.

Anyway, I’ll post here when I can, so until then…..enjoy the summer! 


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Larger aerial view of property

June 06, 2009 at 05:36 PM

Here’s a larger view of the original 50 acres we were discussing. The red dot is where the property begins and continues over to the bottom right hand side. As you can see, the west is mostly crop fields but the north is more timber and crop land combined. The timber also carries over to the east but you can’t see that in this image. The overall picture contains about 500 acres.

Using the wind data, the topo info, the combined land data and the images, a person could now make some logical assumptions on where to hang some stands. This piece is somewhere near Putnam co., so a little bit of historical data based on previous buck harvests wouldn’t hurt either! Boone and Crockett has a fee based data research available to the public and the Pope and Young club might be able to help also.

I would pay special attention to the types of forage in these images. Look for bedding areas, types of early season food sources, etc. Any new ideas now?

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing


Part I continued…again

June 02, 2009 at 07:59 PM


Note the wind patterns! About every 5 days or more, the wind starts from zero degrees (North) and slowly drifts towards the East, then South, then West and again North. THIS is what the deer use as their safety net! The wind travels in a clockwise motion throughout the week which will cause the bigger bucks to adjust their travel routes in order to keep their nose in the wind as much as possible.

Now look at the aerial map and notice the areas that have water, bedding, food and cover (within 200 yards). Stand placement should be in several areas in which there will be no wind blowing from your stand to that “magic area” we talked about in my previous article. Any new ideas regarding stand placement now? 

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