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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

Past the peak

November 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM

The peak of the rut is past its prime in my area. Short lived it was but all is not lost. I spotted a bruiser yesterday strolling along a field edge at 3:30 in the afternoon looking for love even after most of the bigger bucks have been locked up with does for a few weeks now.

Illinois hunting and fishing

After years of scouting and working the timber in the old fashion way, as some of you know, I bought a Reconyx trail camera this year. I haven’t abandoned my archaic ways but rather added another tool to my arsenal. I’m really apprehensive about using my trail camera because of the aftereffects it can have on the deer herd, so I was careful to check it only 3 times this whole season. I have loaded some pictures here to show you that I only had a small period of time where some mature bucks came through looking for does. In the several spots I placed this camera, this location was the only place where I calculated the buck-to-doe ratio to be greater than 2-1. This is an area where the does are hard to find, which is one reason I won’t kill them in this area. Because of the diminishing doe population, I took advantage of the situation and placed a camera there. I had over 1500 pictures in 2 weeks but most of them were the same does, no bucks and several coyotes killing opossums, raccoons eating, etc. Once the rut kicked in it’s peak, I had over 20 buck pictures within a 24 hour period. I’ve posted some of the better pictures here today. FYI, notice the buck with one eye! As sad as it is, this is a great sign of an optimum buck-to-doe ratio.

Illinois hunting and fishing
Illinois hunting and fishing

Managing hunting properties is all too important if you want quality bucks on your wall (and in your freezer) or quality does in your freezer. Some hunters really just don’t get it when they accuse trophy hunters of going after the rack. The mentality of the “You can’t eat the antlers” crowd is so close-minded that they don’t take the time to realize that taking the older bucks leaves a balanced and healthy herd. You certainly can’t eat the rib bones, the femur bones, the neck bones either, so what does that statement really mean anyway? Having said that, it’s imperative that trophy hunters take does or your hunting spot will turn out like west central IL.
Illinois hunting and fishing

This particular property is only a 2 acre piece! Nobody hunts it because they deem it garbage. This “garbage” has been managed by me for over 8 years first by controlling the does, then by making easy and accessible routes through the heaviest cover. No food plots. No corn fields. Heavily pressured bordering properties to boot, yet this area is where the bucks will come when it’s time to mate. This IS the place where I would go if I were hiding and still wanted to be found by does! I love these little magic spots!

Illinois hunting and fishing

Traditionally, this weekend is a great time to bow hunt, so I hope to hear some successful stories from you! Like always, good luck!!!

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2009 at 08:33 AM

For all of you that harvested wild turkeys this year, it’s a great time to cook those birds! Below is one of my favorite recipes that will turn any wild game skeptic into a saliva dripping mess just by its aroma! This recipe calls for some general smoking but you don’t have to have a smoker as a covered grill will work just fine!

Gather up:

Some apple wood chips
Wild cherry wood chips
1 wild turkey, plucked (not skinned)
1 can beer
Worchester sauce
Soy sauce
Garlic salt
Pinch of ginger root
Brown sugar
Aluminum foil

Take foil and make a 5 or 6 inch in diameter bowl out of it. Place an equal amount of wood chips in the bowl. Add just enough water to saturate the chips. Place chips on the grill. Place turkey on grill. If you are using a gas grill, turn fire up enough to heat the chips up enough to smoke. Once smoking, cover the grill and continue until wood stops smoking. Repeat procedure again. Keep an eye on the turkey as you implement the smoke process not to burn the turkey! You can control the heat by periodically removing the lid. When smoking ceases for the second time, reduce heat to a low to medium heat. Place a mixture of 1/2 can beer, 1/4 cup of Worchester sauce, 1 table spoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, ginger root and 1 cup of brown sugar in a bowl and stir well. Pour 1/2 cup of this mixture in the cavity of the turkey. Place the remaining in a heat proof bowl and place on the grill. This mixture will keep the turkey moist throughout the cooking process. Once fluid evaporates, repeat if necessary. Cook for about 4-5 hours slowly or until desired. FYI, for those of you who don’t consume alcohol, the beer in the recipe loses its alcohol during the evaporation process thus leaving the grain flavor behind.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Somebody killed nice deer this year!

November 23, 2009 at 07:34 PM

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Conrats to all who’ve had a great season so far! Hopefully, we haven’t seen the best part of the season yet.

Go get ‘em!

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