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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

On the road again

September 21, 2009 at 09:45 AM

Back to KY. This time, I’ve got a better handle on where to set-up. The topo & satellite maps were of great help but there’s nothing like making fine adjustments once you’re there on site. Saw plenty of deer on the last trip but I was just a bit too far from a real nice monster to take him out. Some more intensive scouting gave me some better hideouts to use in order to ambush one of these giants. Will it work? Who knows.

One thing for sure, I’m holding out for a big boy! If I’m able to get one, I’ll do my best in dropping a doe also as I don’t want to contribute to a lopsided herd. If only our visitors to Illinois would be as considerate! If I get skunked, oh well, I’ve already had enough fun on the first trip to satisfy my KY. hunting experience.

Back at home, in Illinois, all indicators are pointing to a great season, despite the corn issues that are dominating the state. I would expect a reasonably slow opener but a very interesting movement of deer as the corn comes out. I believe this year’s deer will scramble to find new locations, in a haphazard way, thus creating many opportunities for the people in waiting. I also think the “scrambling” will effect the pre-rut habits, so I would expect an offbeat behavior. Of course, this assumption all depends on what time the corn comes out.

My secret spot in KY. dictates almost a 1 mile walk carrying all sorts of equipment. This is some serious country! I’m now appreciating the fact that my daughter dragged me into Gold’s gym for some pre-season work outs. I understand the motto “No pain, no gain” but what I’m afraid of is “All pain and no gain”.
Time will tell.

Good luck to all this season!

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