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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

Goodbye to the 2009 season!

January 22, 2010 at 03:46 PM

2009 came and went. It was just a few months ago that I was counting down the days to the opener and now, it’s already behind us. It’s like raising a family. When you have children, you think they’ll be small forever (especially if you’re the one changing the diapers) but before you know it, they’re all grown up and moving out of the house. It could be a sad thing if you looked at it that way but instead of getting that gloomy feeling, I prefer to look ahead. I’m already pumped for the 2010 season! I’ll be getting my hands on some new products to try this year and some new places! If you don’t have anything to look forward to, your hunting can just go sour. Keeping this sport alive is more than just fighting to keep the deer herd here, it’s keeping the spirit rejuvenated! If you don’t, it’s time for another sport.

I picked up my first recurve at age 12 and hunted on the borders of corn fields looking for deer in the late 60’s. I had no idea what I was doing but it was so exiting just stalking and imagining that I was an early settler hunting for food. I remember getting rained on and stepping in foot deep snow and mud and loving every bit of it. Viet Nam was going strong at that time and my oldest brother was in the service, far away from giving me advice, so I was in this thing all by myself. Out of 4 brothers, he was the only one that hunted..what luck. Despite the fact that I was learning from mistakes, hunting for me was as exciting as ever. Fast forward a decade later, a compound was now in the picture along with some real camo! My first successful hunt was a combo kill. A button buck and a doe walking side-by-side fell to my 12 gauge. I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep that night. A few years later, hunting became monotonous because I was consistently filling my doe and buck tags with does and small bucks. It wasn’t as fun as it used to be. After having several conversations with close friends, some suggested I try holding out and waiting for larger bucks. I did just that for the next 2 years and got skunked. You would think I would have been devastated but it was quite the contrary. I enjoyed being patient and watching the wildlife, so in essence, my hunting elevated to a higher level. Excitement was here again!

4 decades later, I’m still raising the bar. There are many risks (by some hunters standards) but in reality, it keeps the hunt alive. If a person truly loves to hunt, they’ll enjoy ALL of the aspects of hunting and not just focusing on the kill or the “pin”! Most trophy hunters have reached this level by selecting large bucks and does for their target animals. Other hunters get the thrill in different ways. On thing for sure, there is no reason for anyone to get bored with hunting since there are so many ways to rekindle the “first time” feeling. One important thing we as hunters sometimes forget but need to be reminded of, is that new hunters need to experience the thrill of hunting by killing any size deer! Experience can ONLY be gained by having a few years of dead deer behind your belt. Other hunters have the option of increasing their excitement by moving to more primitive weapons, going after mature deer or trying different techniques that carry more risk of getting busted. Either way, the options are in your hands. Keep it alive! 

Yes, 2009 was a tough year for some of us but I was fortunate enough to fill 2 of my Illinois tags and one of my KY. tags. I ate all of my Ohio tags, Illinois doe tags and my Ky. doe tags. That’s what happens with whitetail hunting, it’s not a guaranteed science, nor would I want it to be. I’ll be looking forward to the 2010 season.

How about you?


P.S. Here are 2 photos that I posted in response to fultonctyhunter’s request in the comment section. These are some great bucks!

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