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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

2 Year Anniversary for Me

September 20, 2010 at 04:04 PM

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing for PSO now for 2 years! Although many changes have been made, including the addition of several local writers, I’m amazed how far PSO came in just 3 years. When Jeff asked me to start writing for PSO, I had to think about it for at least a week. What was I going to write about? How well would I be received? How many readers would come back day after day before they got sick of deer stories and techniques? All of these questions and more were going through my head until some friends of mine said “Just do it, it will all come to you as time passes by”. How true that was!

My first article was about my old “string” method I used in my attempt to locate monster bucks. I received many comical emails asking me if I was serious. From there I was chided and complemented as time progressed and learned to just accept what my readers were saying, no matter if I agreed with them or not. The bottom line: What I learned here was well worth the time and I certainly hope my readers have learned a little bit from me! I’ll admit the reciprocation of ideas from my readers was a great learning experience. I personally think once a person thinks he knows it all, it’s all over for him/her, so my advice to anyone who cares is to always keep an open mind and consider what the other person has to say before shutting them down. It’s something I’ve had to learn and I hope many more people accept that statement too!

So now looking back, my writing career has taken off with this year being the busiest to date. I’ve now been either mentioned or have written for many magazines including Deer and Deer Hunting, Mathews, Field and Stream and several others. It’s amazing how things can change in just a few years. In fact, I’ve made many Friends here on PSO and would find it hard to close this chapter in my life if I decide to move on from PSO. I would certainly wish we would stay in contact no matter what happens!

With bow season just starting to ramp up, I think we have something to look forward to. Another busy season with hopefully many stories to write about, laugh about and to learn from will hopefully follow. This is MY time of year and I look forward to getting out into the timber every minute I can. From here, I sincerely wish nothing but good times for my readers and personally want to thank each and every one of you for stopping by and sharing your interest with me!

Here’s to a banner season!  Good luck to all!

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Trail Cam Rotation

September 16, 2010 at 01:59 PM

I, like several thousand other bow hunters, am itching to hit the timber come October first. Not only for the obvious reasons but also to try out another technique! I love trying new things out and have done some unorthodox and out-of-the-ordinary experiments to find where the monsters lurk in the past but this time I feel pretty confident with my latest idea. I call it the “Trail Camera Rotation”. Now it’s not fancy and it didn’t take a lot of brain power but it’s an easy one to figure out. Here’s what I did to find where a monster’s been hiding.

Early in the year, I started out with a new piece of property. Not knowing anything about it, I studied a satellite image of the property. From there, I walked the timber, the creek beds, grassy areas and whatever else I came across. After determining three spots that looked promising, I placed a trail camera at each location. One spot was a pure dud and I later realized it was only used during the rut, so I pulled that camera after a month. The other two produced big bucks right off the bat. After analyzing both spots, I decided one area would be too difficult to haul a deer out of because of the standing crops, so I opted to focus on the last place. I gathered the other two cameras and placed them on opposite ends of the productive trail camera and waited two weeks to check them. It appeared that my target buck was coming from one end, so I removed the unproductive camera and placed it even further back from the second camera. Throughout the summer, I walked those cameras back about 90 yards over a 2 month course ultimately finding out where he was bedding. I also realized that part of his core area happened to be on the bordering property, so I stopped at the property line. It doesn’t appear to be a problem as he beds mostly on my side and seems to feel at home on my farm. So now I have several ambush sites along this fairly long area with many opportunities to hunt from no matter what the wind is doing. In fact, If I hear noise from one of these areas, I’ll have ample time to draw and position my bow for a clean shot. It’s all in the homework! From here, all I need is a buck :-(

I used to use the same technique with string but this is much easier. I’ve officially caved in to the 21st century technology and have no regrets. Everything else I do will be the same. I can still make believe I’m an early settler trying to feed my family when I hunt from the ground and nobody will know how ill I really am grin  So it’s business as usual! Come on October!!!

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An Idea for Illinois!

September 13, 2010 at 01:36 PM

As mentioned before, I’ll be headed up to Minnesota’s Governor’s Deer opener on November 5th and 6th. It’s a two day bash that welcomes everybody and actually celebrates the deer hunting season! Imagine that! The more I think about it, the more I like it. With the Governor involved, it makes it a bona fide event. This event will be taking place on at Camp Ripley military base and from what I understand, it is where the world record 8 pointer came from. This is a 53,000 acre reserve that is off-hands to the public. I hear that they offer 2 days of bow hunting on it a year and one day for the rifle opener. That’s not too many days to hunt for a place that size! I also am told that some real monsters have come out of there in forms of non-typicals too! It makes sense.

“This popular activity is part of the fabric of our state’s culture. Half a million Minnesotans will be sharing this tradition throughout the state this November 6th. To honor the great deer hunting tradition, educate our youth and promote ethical hunting practices” is what is stated in the brochure they sent me. Can you imaging that for Illinois? In fact, that’s what I have been imagining for Illinois! I think I may just start an annual Illinois celebration right before our opener, what do you think?

To make this all possible, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association http://www.mndeerhunters.com  have been planning this event. If you want to read more of what they do, please click on the aforementioned link. They’re a great group of people who are willing to promote deer hunting and will offer advice to anyone interested in learning. I really love that about them because with their willingness to share information, it makes it easier for anyone else to proceed with this concept and to expand these ideas into other states. We need more of these state wide events to keep from losing what we are fighting to keep! The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is funded by businesses and individuals through donations, so if you are interested in helping out, please check them out!

OK, I’m going to cover this story when I go there, so if it’s everything I think it will be, I’m going to plan such an event for Illinois if it seems feasible! I’m thinking more along the lines of a September party with seminars and workshops and vendors that can have products ready when YOU need them, which is right before the season starts! Again, what do you think?

All feedback is appreciated!

 

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