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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

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A hunting we will go ...

October 01, 2008 at 05:58 AM

As I write this, I’m about 30 minutes away from getting into the woods for the opening day bow season, along with several thousand other bow hunters today. This is the day we’ve been waiting for! Stay tuned for some late-day updates. Photos courtesy of Les Davenport.

Update:

I didn’t see anything this morning but squirrels and chipmunks. I hunted most of the morning and then took a break. I decided to go back into the woods around 4:00 pm only to see 2 very mature does. I was going to pop one of them but at 40 yards out, they spotted me in my tree stand and bolted??? They didn’t wind me, they just saw me! Now that really stinks. I haven’t hunted from a tree stand in over 5 years and thought it would be a nice change to see deer coming in from afar, but that backfired. I did everything by the book, watched the wind, scent control, covered in camo, etc. Oh well, that’s hunting.

Tomorrow, I’m going to start late morning and hunt through noon on the ground with a guillie suit. I’m going to attempt getting near a bedding area where I have a big buck patterned. We’ll see what happens! Feel free to give me action reports on yourt hunt!

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Tuesday’s featured whitetail

September 29, 2008 at 09:42 PM

Since Wed. is opening day for deer and turkey season, I thought these pictures would get you all fired up! This is the world famous Goliath. He was the largest non typical whitetail on record up until he died several years ago. Goliath was never killed by a hunter as he was pen raised in Pennsylvania and died from a disease. His final score was around 430” gross and about 410” net. That’s 410” NET!!!

That exceeds the largest non typical ever killed by a hunter by over 100 inches! What a monster! How would you like to see that beast in the woods coming to your stand?

Funny thing, I had this mount at the IL. Deer and Turkey Classic earlier this year in our booth and you wouldn’t believe how many people asked me where I shot him. I just smiled and said “Pekin”, and they would say “really”? After a brief laugh, I told them the real story on this ole’ boy.

I mounted him on the largest form I could find and his rack still dwarfs his neck. Hopefully, someone from IL. will be fortunate enough to hammer something as impressive as Goliath this year! Good luck to all, I wish you the very best this season! Photos courtesy of Look Alive Taxidermy.

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Monday’s featured 2007 whitetail

September 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Today’s feature comes from a buck I got last year. It is a wide main frame 10 pointer with plenty of mass and a unique low profile. It grossed at 180 typical and netted in the 175 range. I certainly hope to see a buck like this hanging around my area this year! Photos courtesy of Look Alive Taxidermy.

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