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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

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Deer are smarter than you think!

September 04, 2009 at 02:11 PM

You can fool a deer’s eyes with camouflage. You can even fool a deer’s nose sometimes.

The hardest to fool by all means is their ears!

Today was a great day to validate this theory. I spent a fair amount of time in the woods today trying to pattern a big buck for the opening day. It was an amazing day as I had a great deal of activity in this particular area. Deer were active from the crack of dawn all the way to 10:00 am. They had no idea I was watching from about 10 yards away, but watching I was! I saw all does today and no bucks. Two of these does I’m familiar with. One of these does busted me 2 years in a row and the other doe is at least 6 years old. It’s amazing that this older doe is so keen. They say wisdom comes with age, well that statement holds true with deer also and I’ll tell you why.

After watching several “new” deer walk through my area, I enjoyed watching them forage for food. They would try this plant and then that plant and eventually settled for what tasted good. The older mature does would come in and walk right to the very plants they knew were good to eat and begin the process of satisfying their bellies. They also took the very routes that they’ve never been spooked by a human, at least that I’m aware of. The mature does were very precise, articulate animals knowing exactly what to do in their daily routine. After watching them eat for about an hour, I was amazed how they turned their ears into a mobile radar weapon detector! They knew every single sound that came from these woods and they responded accordingly. A squirrel traveled from afar, they knew what it was. Birds hoping on a leaf, they knew that also. The wind rustling up some branches, they didn’t even bother to look. A farmer walking over 100 yards away (and concealed) ....both ears straight up! Flag at half mast waiting to launch. Mind you, no voices, no running by the farmer, not even any equipment, just a casual walk that quickly dissipated. An hour later and back in the relaxed mode, it was the sound of me scratching my head (in the middle of mild winds, leaves moving and smaller animals being busy) that got their attention! Keep in mind, I was in a position that they couldn’t have possibly seen the movement by me. Now these animals know their territory!

Often, I’m asked to reciprocate experiences, stories, advice and just some plain ole’ opinions regarding big buck harvesting strategies. I’ve mentioned to countless hunters the importance of approaching the woods incognito, only to watch their interests meander into different subjects. Approaching the woods is absolutely everything! Once they know you’re there, it’s over! You may get lucky during the rut when bucks are traveling from afar but in reality, you’re already busted by the locals. You spook the locals and you’ve just hauled your rear-end out of bed at 5:00 am for nothing. If you want that head on your wall, it takes very little energy to walk in slowly, stop every few feet and do it all over again until you arrive at your destination. Next time you’re in the woods, be attentive to how the deer walk, you’ll be amazed by the sloppy way most hunters enter the timber.  With people buying the latest camo, scent killers, range finders, broadheads, estrus urine, bow, arrows, etc, etc, etc, why wouldn’t anyone take the time and do it right?  You simply can’t buy the “walk”, you’ve got do it.

If you’re serious about being a “serious bow hunter”, this is one step you can’t trip over. A deer’s ears are their radar, can you fly below them?

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White deer?

September 03, 2009 at 08:11 AM

Here’s some really neat pictures form Toby Kirgan, who’s co-worker Dave Kendrick from Minier, took these pictures. The farmer says this deer is about 6-7 years old and feeds regularly with his cattle. According to him, you can get within 20 feet of this deer! She has some kind of growth on her back, not sure what that is but I’ve seen similar growths on deer that I’ve killed.

As far as the color goes, I don’t believe this is an albino, is it? Don’t albino deer have pink eyes and noses?

Anyway, enjoy the pics!

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