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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

172-inch Illinois typical

October 29, 2009 at 07:52 AM

My friend Craig Warmington, who heads Vital Gear’s marketing, shot this monster IL. buck yesterday. What a beast!

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

First buck for 17 year old!

October 28, 2009 at 07:06 AM

In his own words, here’s Luke Perring’s story:

Luke Perring
17 Years Old
DeWitt County
Bowtech 82nd Airborne
7 scorable points

This is my second year bowhunting and I made it my goal to kill my first deer with my bow this year, not a big buck, just a deer, thats all I wanted. Having missed alot of oppurtunities on good bucks last year I wanted to redeem myself. The year started well and I saw alot of does and managed to harvest one finally, then it was time to look for a good buck.

We had so much rain the week before and by the time I arrived at my spot I realized that the creek had flooded and none of my stands were on dry land, so one of my friends that hunts the samepiece let me sit in a ladder stand overlooking a large set a side field with about 6 foot tall grass. After seeing several does I could hear another deer coming out of the field but couldn’t see what it was. Finally I saw ivory white antlers, I looked with my binoculars to see a nine point buck rubbing his antlers on the grass and eating, he was a shooter. He finally came of but he was a good sixty yards away and would not respond to my calling and left the area.

It was almost dark and I began to hear another deer coming from the field, I looked over my shoulder to see a very large bodied buck coming towards me, and he was definitely a shooter! Once he put his head down into the grass I stood up with my bow. He finally came into range but was quartering towards me, I thought about taking the shot in the chest but decided against it since he would offer me a better shot. He began to walk broadside and I stopped him with a “MEH!”. His head rose and he looked up at me and I settled my pin behind his shoulder and squeezed off the trigger, the arrow dissapeared into his vitals and he humped over and took off down the clearcut. I could tell he was hit good, I waited in the stand to settle down because I was in shock.

We arrived the next morning to find him around 9 AM. To our surprise the creek had risen much more over night and we had to wade through waste deep water to find him. We practically swam down the clearcut to see a horn emerging from the water, it was him not more than seventy yards from my stand. We dragged him out of the overspilled creek (he was not a light weight!). Finally I got to admire what I had brought down, I was very satisfied with my first archery buck!


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How to mess up a chance at a 160” buck!

October 25, 2009 at 07:24 PM

In the timber tonight and hunting on the ground behind a huge oak tree. At 6:15 or so, a huge 5X5 that would easily go 155-160” trotted past me at 15 lousy yards broadside! I screamed at him to stop because he just wouldn’t stop after repeated attempts trying to get him to slow down. He finally did but he was a bit farther out now and I had to stretch around this tree to get a shot off. With the pin on his chest broadside and as he stood there waiting to see what all the racket was about, I hit the release and heard a “bang”! Although my pin was on his chest, my arrow flight path was right in line with this ladder I set up last year for my wife to hunt from. Needless to say, I lost my chance of killing him tonight but may have made one heck of a commercial for the Muzzy Phantom broadhead as it penetrated through 1/2 ” of steel! I don’t think I’ll have to worry about these braodheads going though bone now, will I?

Maybe I’ll see him another day!

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing


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