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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

Seeing more deer now than all year!

February 22, 2010 at 07:46 PM

With hunting season behind us, the deer seem to be everywhere. Add in the fact that they are actively seeking food because of the recent snow coverage and you’ll notice that deer become more bold and less nervous. I went on a drive the other day and went past one of my local hunting spots and saw three deer feeding along side of the road. I stopped and rolled down my window to watch them and they couldn’t have cared less about me. I even made some noise and at one time I barked at them! Yeah, I know, I’m demented but I wanted to test their reaction. Nevertheless, they just stood there and fed not 20 yards from my truck. I even recognized 2 of those deer and they were around during hunting season only to run off at the sound of every leaf that crumbled or twig that snapped. Hunting pressure really keeps these animals on the edge!

This time of year is a really great time to check up on your herd as the deer yard together. Although it seems to appear that the deer are abundant, a person shouldn’t be fooled when seeing many deer this time of year because of their ability to gather. The good news is if you do see a herd of deer in your hunting place this time of year, take advantage of the situation and check them out. Make mental notes of their health, quantity and overall condition because the opportunity to see them in such a large group won’t last too long.

While you’re out looking around, now is also a great time to look for turkey tracks in the snow. It won’t be long before you’ll be hearing the woods thundering! In about 5-6 weeks, the turkeys will be in mating mode and when they are ready, the hens usually leave the place they’ve been living most of the year and travel to a safe spot to mate and build their nests. Every year, I watch an area that carries no turkeys all year except at the end of March through April. Like an army, they march for over a mile from their normal grounds and end up by a small draw near a country road. I spot them for several weeks there and watch the dozen or so birds hang with each other until May. From there, the march begins back to their original place. I never get a chance to see their poults as the foliage gets too thick by then. I spotted their nests last year when my son nearly walked on top of a hen that was 6 feet from him, while we were looking for mushrooms. She was holding tight on her nest and busted when he got too close for her comfort. Little did we both know that she was even there!

Anyway, hope to see some of you at the Deer Classic this week. Stop by the PSO booth!

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Outdoor shows coming up!

February 17, 2010 at 07:21 PM

As you may know, the Illinois Deer Classic is next week. Like last year, PSO will have another booth there. Jeff, myself, along with some other people, will be attending the booth from Friday through Sunday. I’m glad to announce that I will NOT be bringing Goliath there this year! If you don’t know who Goliath is, he was that huge 430” Non typical monster that died about 5 years ago or so. Jeff, Todd and I were soooo burnt out on answering questions on where he was killed, when, etc. that I vowed never to bring him back! Goliath spent 2 years at the Classic and was an absolute show stoppin’ machine, to say the least. I think I’ll lease him out to anyone looking for a crowd stopper at their booth.

Speaking of our booth, Muzzy has been gracious enough, like always, to donate some goodies for the Elmwood Outdoor event that takes place in a couple of weeks. In addition to that, they’ll be giving me some stuff to give away at our PSO booth next week at the Deer Classic. One thing about Muzzy, when I mention an outdoor event that I’ll be attending and request some donated items, they always are ready to help! No questions or qualms about their purpose, they just ask me when I need them and they have them shipped to me in a few days. The people at Muzzy are one of the few companies I’ve worked with that support many local outdoor, school and conservation events to the fullest. I can tell you that they are a tight knit family and really love to help in any way they can to promote bow hunting or bow fishing, in addition to helping today’s youth. I’m actually proud to be a part of them! I don’t say that about too many companies. FYI, their products are all top notch and don’t have to be given away to bring recognition to the company! One final note, no, I was not paid to endorse them either.

So now you have some reasons to stop by our booths! First come, first serve for the freebees. Personally, I’m looking forward to buying some of that lip burning, throat smoking habenero jerky at the Classic! I love that stuff! I ate $20.00 worth of it last year (along with drinking a gallon of Pepsi afterwards).

Crowds or not, it should be interesting.

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New KY state record NT elk

February 15, 2010 at 01:14 PM

That’s right, Kentucky offers world class elk hunts! This bull was taken on Oct. 4th on state ground. Here’s the news Release from The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources:

FRANKFORT, KY. – Kentucky has a new state record for a bull elk with non-typical antlers.
Harrodsburg resident Terrell Royalty’s 7x7 elk scored 372 6/8 in the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, besting the old record of 367 7/8 taken in Harlan County in 2008. Royalty took his record elk from a wildlife management area in Knott County on Oct. 4, 2009. “This new state record shows the quality elk hunting we have on our public lands,” said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Jon Gassett. “In addition to the great elk hunting on private lands, Kentucky boasts world-class elk hunting on public lands as well.”

A non-typical rack means the tines are not located in a typical location. Royalty’s elk had seven tines each on either side of its rack. The score is the totaled measurements of the main beams, tines, width and mass. The trophy could not be officially scored until after a 60-day drying period. “I’ve hunted all of my life, I’ve had buck fever and all, but this bull was by far the biggest adrenaline rush of my life,” said Royalty, 52. “Once it hit the ground, I felt like I was being stabbed with a million needles and it lasted two or three hours. I was almost in shock.” Royalty said he scouted the area with help from his friend Paul Moore, who participated in the 2008 cow elk hunt. “We started scouting well before the hunt and found this bull,” Royalty said. “Paul and I grew up together, and he helped me a bunch.”
The first week of the 2009 bull elk season started Saturday, Oct. 3. Royalty’s hunt proved fruitless for a day and half. Then, about 2 p.m. Sunday, Royalty, who was hunting with his best friend, Brad Smith, and guide Bob Hunter, heard a bugle. “After we heard that bugle, we moved to get out front and downwind,” he said. “We tracked and tracked to stay out in front of this bull. About 5 p.m. or so, a cow calf came out and we cow called back and forth. Then, the one cow calf turned into about nine. The cows came out in twos and got older and bigger as they came out.”The trophy bull then appeared in the clearing around 6 p.m. and bugled at another bull in the distance. “He turned broadside and everything was perfect,” Royalty said. “It took 15 minutes to get the right angle on him.” Royalty, who estimated that he was 340 yards away from the bull, aimed his .300 Winchester Short Magnum rifle and shot only once.

Tina Brunjes, big game coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, was not surprised to learn the record had been broken. “Kentucky continues to produce new state records with regularity,” she said. “Each year drawn hunters can reasonably expect a chance to beat the state record.”

Applications for this year’s hunt are now on sale online at fw.ky.gov, the official Web site of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. It costs $10 to apply, and a hunter may apply only once. The drawing for the elk quota hunt is open to residents and non-residents. The deadline to apply for this year’s hunt is April 30.

I would love to see elk in Illinois! What do you think?

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