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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

Getting ready for the ATA show

January 03, 2010 at 08:23 PM

I’m getting ready for the ATA show next week. I’m looking forward to 4 days of checking out new products for 2010. The ATA show is not open to the public, so it’s nice to be able to get an idea first hand of the “latest and the greatest”.

I’ll have to get there a day early to help Muzzy build a 2 story log cabin inside the building. From there, it’s chatting with some of the industry’s reps, manufacturers and retailers. Of course, there’s always time for hunting stories among hunters! This year’s show will be in Columbus, OH, so another 6.5 hours on the road! I’m getting sick of traveling. Having said that, I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow, so I’m hoping to start my book and finish up some stories that I’ve committed to, for some hunting magazines this year.

For all practical purposes, I’m about finished hunting this year. I would have like to dropped a doe or 2 for the freezer but where I hunt, they just aren’t there. It always leaves a lump in my throat when the season ends but with shows like the ATA, the deer classic, etc, there’s always something to do “deer wise” until next season.

Looking back, this was a very interesting year for me. I saw some major changes in the deer herds in my areas. I got a chance to hunt OH. and KY. I was able to try some new strategies, some that worked and some that didn’t. I’m looking forward this year to hunting KS, something I’ve always wanted to do! I’m also looking forward to leasing some newer ground, if I can find some, here in IL. for the turkey and deer season. Who knows what will pop up?

I wish everyone the best of luck for the remaining days here! Stay warm and hunt hard!


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