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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

Busted!

September 23, 2009 at 07:32 PM

In the woods getting rained on isn’t all that bad when you’ve got the suit that keeps you dry. In fact, I like the ground to be wet while I’m still hunting as it keeps the leaves from crunching. So a wet day isn’t a bad one for me but getting caught red handed by a handful of deer is! Mask off, sandwich in hand and a mouth stuffed with so much ham, I couldn’t even breath at one point. Can anyone say pig? Then came the burp…how could I be so complacent after it took so much work getting here? Evidently, the burp didn’t sound like a grunt, especially when it sounded like a hurricane behind me blowing at 200 knots! When deer bust you, I wish they would just leave for crying out loud! Instead, they just stand there and blow and stomp. I had to finally just growl at them so they would leave. It worked.

Passed up my first buck today at 30 yards. He may have gone 140” but I decided not to take the shot. I want the big boy in these woods, the one I’ve seen only twice now. I don’t think he knows that I’m here as each time I’ve seen him, he appears calm. Maybe tomorrow!

The 21st century type hunting is kind of cool! I can sit or stand in the middle of the woods, check the weather radar, read and comment on PSO, pay bills (not that that’s fun) and order stuff all from my Blackberry. Occasionally, I’ll take a picture with the camera that comes with it, like the one above (although the quality is less than great) and send them to my friends or family just to let them know that I’m still alive.

7 days left to go in IL. Looking forward to some easier access!

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So close, yet so far

September 22, 2009 at 09:06 PM

Hoofed a mile through some of the prettiest, yet nastiest stuff you could imagine!  Up and down and all around. Oh yeah, the quest for the big buck continues. The morning saw action on the west side of the property but unfortunately, I was on the east side. The evening was as dead as it could be with the exception of a bear…a bear? Maybe it was Big Foot? Anyway, another 45 minutes back to the truck and off to get some chow. I refuse to eat another McDonalds meal, I can only take so much.

I’ll sleep like a baby tonight only to get up at 3:00 a.m. and do it all over again. 6 more days here and then off to OH. Unfortunately, OH. doesn’t open their archery turkey season until Oct. I wouldn’t mind taking a turkey out while I’m on the road! I could roast that ole’ boy right out in the hotel parking lot as it would taste a whole lot better than a Big Mac.

The deer are acting funny. I’m not sure why but the local’s say it’s because the weather has been so cool. There is standing corn here also! It doesn’t seem to keep the deer from moving though. I saw one deer with a broken rack already…what’s that all about??? A doe stomping her hoof at a bigger buck? What’s going on here? I’m not sure but as long as I don’t hear dueling banjoes in the back ground, I’ll be OK!

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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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