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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

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Illinois hunting and fishing

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  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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