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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

Illinois hunting and fishing

My season begins in Sept!

August 18, 2009 at 03:58 PM

Now I’m the out-of-state hunter!

After being asked to speak at several seminars spanning some Midwest and southern states, I’ve decided to take some people up on their offers to hunt their private properties this season. Although I’ve never taken up the offer with too many people in the past as I didn’t really want to intrude on another person’s “Honey Hole”, this year’s going to be different. I’m finally getting to hunt in September! No, not in my home state of IL. as our fellow DNR folks “Don’t have enough data to support a Sept. hunt” but rather in some states that DO have enough data LOL.

I love hunting new places I’ve never been to before. It’s like it’s a whole new adventure where you must start from scratch in order to succeed. I’ve been scouting these places in KY, OH. and Kansas all from the comfort of my home. I LOVE THE INTERNET! Aerial, topo and satellite maps all at my fingertips. Wind data, forage information and so forth, all at hand. I already have places picked out where I’ll hang a stand and the rest of the spots where I’ll do it all from the ground. My list of things to take will include food items that will last all day, maximum amounts of Tru-Carbon scent control and a fully charged internet equipped cell phone. Most of my equipment will be new, which is really rare for me but I don’t want any disasters in the field.

One perk to traveling and speaking is the friendships made with other fellow hunters. I can honestly say I really enjoy speaking to and hunting with all age groups and genders. The senior hunters all have wisdom. Today’s youth are full of excitement. The middle aged folks all have something in common and the ladies are eager to learn something new! In fact, I’m just as much a student as anyone else, as I enjoy seeing how other hunters achieve their goals. In this trip, I’ll be hunting with the entire age spectrum. A Kentucky hunt with some hunters in their 20’s, a couple of Ohio hunts (one with a gentleman in his 50’s, one in his 70’s and another with a 15 year old!), and finally with some 30 year old guys in Kansas. I’m squeezing IL. in there somewhere!

My only goal is to have a great time although it would be paramount for someone in my hunting party to score big! I’ve waited all year for October but hey, September will do! So back to the planning it is. Illinois, I’ll be back when you open the doors and hopefully with something to hang on my wall! If not, some great memories will certainly suffice.

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