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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

Open up the season baby!

September 30, 2009 at 09:01 AM

A year has passed already and the wait is over! Opening day tomorrow, oh boy!

Usually, I make some stupid mistakes every opening week of bow season but this year, I’ve already made them out-of-state. So, I should be ready to go! Unfortunately, I don’t have too much patterned here where I hunt, so I’m going to have to hunt differently. I don’t have anything big on trail cameras, nothing worth mentioning that I’ve seen recently or any massive sign that’s worth looking in to. Given that much info, I’ll have to switch strategies. Although I did see some nice bucks in the vicinity earlier in the late summer, they weren’t really dominant to my hunting area, so maybe I’ll see them in the rut.

It’s time to wipe the rust off everyone. Remember, clean clothes, safety harness, wind direction, noise control (especially when you approach the woods) and of course, patience. If you are lucky enough to harvest a deer, gut it quickly to preserve the flavor and if it’s a mountable buck, COOL down that hide fast! When cutting the deer, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, cut away from you! Unfortunately, there always seem to be a serious injury every year. Lets make this year different! It’s just not worth it to leave family and friends behind all because of laziness. The same goes with the safety harness!

I think we’re going to have a good opener. That’s my gut feeling and I hope it unfolds that way. Please remember, if anyone needs advice, recommendations, etc., please contact one of us here at PSO. Tim Walmsley and Kevin Chapman are both official scorers and will happily assist you if needed! We can also point you to some local taxidermist (central IL is blessed with several great taxidermist), meat processers & packing facilities and so forth. Of course, if you have a story worth sharing, we all here can assist you with that also!

Good luck and let her rip!

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