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★ laurenz Sisters, Wheeler, Mich.

Note to boys: Don't mess with the Laurenz
sisters. Annie, 11, used her dad's Marlin
.30-30 to take her first buck, a great 9-point on
the morning of the Michigan youth whitetail
hunt. Not to be outdone by their younger sibling, Ellen, 12, and Claire, 14, both bagged their
own bucks-8-pointers-with dad and grandpa's .30-30s later the same evening.

★

lethal ladies

■ Herb Young, canyon lake, Texas

Herb shot this whitetail buck with a green
score of 1657/8 in McMullen County, Texas.
His Mathews bow and Grim Reaper broadhead did the job and he did his, making a perfect shot from 20 yards. The bruiser ran 60
yards before it expired and rewarded Herb
with his personal best.

Joe Godar

■ danny Barclay, Mafield, ky.

■ Scott Guskind, Staten island, n.Y.

When Danny set out to hunt Sept. 9, no doubt
he had visions of this beautiful buck in his
head. A glimpse of it last summer and a few
trail-cam picks confirmed it was in the area.
But nothing would prepare him for the reality of this awesome velvet buck as it came into
his shooting lane at 30 yards. A perfect broadside shot with his Hoyt bow made it his best
whitetail ever.

It didn't take much arm-twisting to convince
Scott to partake in a British Columbia mountain lion hunt when his father, who booked
the hunt, had to cancel. He's sure glad he did
after killing this Boone & Crocket cat in January 2012 during what Scott recalls as his "hardest hunt so far." We know, Scott. Chasing dogs
through heavy snow ain't easy!

■ evan ryder, Great falls, Mont.

■ kevin Millican, Peculiar, Mo.

After working all summer to earn enough
money to buy a Savage Model 11 in .308 Win.,
Evan, 11, along with his dad, went hunting
on a private ranch in central Montana. After
spooking several bucks and missing one at
400 yards, Evan was able to stalk and connect
on this 168-inch mule deer with a great shot
at 250 yards.

■ ken Slaughter, Milford, ohio

A beautiful moment Ken won't soon forget-
watching this buck cross the creek with a
doe during Ohio's four-day muzzleloader
season after hunting hard during the bow
season with nothing to show for it. The
30-yard shot from his treestand ensured
he wouldn't regret passing on those smaller
bucks earlier in the season.

★ al Mccredie, Poynette, Wis.

He was shaking uncontrollably and beginning to hyperventilate; so it was all Al
could do not to fall over. Of course, you
might have the same problem after you've
shot "Mr. Big." Last archery season after
more than 100 hours spent on stand, Al
was overcome with emotion when this 168inch whitetail finally fell to a shot from his
.30-06 Remington Model 700. ★ 'i Survived

Kevin and hunting buddy Jeff Hagerman traveled more than 400 miles from Kansas City to
Beaver County, Okla., to test their prowess
on mule deer. After six days of hard hunting,
Kevin spotted this muley and stalked within
60 yards. One shot from his Thompson/Center Omega put this deer down for good and
Kevin celebrated his best muley to date. The
thumbs-up says it all.

■ Stephen france, Tuxedo Park, n.Y.

After canceling a hunting trip to Iowa due
to sudden business obligations, Stephen
was sure his season was going to be a bust.
Forced to hunt his home turf, he set out
the first morning without much hope. But
as the saying goes, it's always darkest just
before the dawn. The light shined bright on
Stephen that day as he connected with this
140-class brute.

■ carson & colten Shafer, lafayette, ohio

The Shafer boys had spied some geese on their
favorite honey hole during the bus ride home
from school in Allen County, Ohio. Upon

Buck fever' award

■ Jim Woodall, Sedalia, Mo.

Jim had no idea how good of a morning he was
about to have north of Sedalia, Mo. After letting a buck go by at first light-a nice 8-pointer
he had captured on his trail-cam-he hoped to
wait out a great 10-pointer he had seen on film
in the same area. Imagine his surprise when
this giant 20-point stepped out at 50 yards a
half-hour later.

Buck HeffelfinGer

arriving home, they hounded Dad until he
gave in and took them down to the pond for
a quick jump shoot. Once in ambush position,
Dad made the call and the boys put a hurtin'
on the flock, dropping two birds apiece.

■ Princesa Hansen, forest lake, Minn.

Last September, Princesa found herself spending a Saturday in the best way she knows how:
bear hunting with husband, Brad. She shot
this 400-plus-pound giant with her bow as
it gorged on the sugary bait pile. The Hansens'
trail-cam pics prove there's still a bigger bear
roaming those Minnesota woods.

■ Maj. adam roberts, Warrensburg, Mo.

Roberts shot this good-looking antelope during a hunt in October near Trinidad, Colo.
A 150-grain Hornady Superformance bullet from his .30-06 Winchester Model 70
brought the speed goat to rest.

★ Joe Godar, cleves, ohio

The deer gods were definitely smiling on
Joe Nov. 9, 2012. It took him more than four
hours of blood-trailing and a blind walk in the
woods to find this 200-class knockout after he
shot it with his bow. Years of habitat improvement projects have certainly paid off for Joe's
Ohio deer herd. ★ Biggest Buck award

★ Buck Heffelfinger, Tucson, ariz.

Buck was champing at the bit to get after
some jackrabbits. On Veterans Day, after
hours of watching jacks running at distance, with Dad in tow, Buck put the stalk
on this beauty and bagged his first head
of big game, comparatively speaking of
course. ★ longest 'Hare' award

■ ralph Williams, carp lake, Mich.

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Ralph is one tough 74-year-old. The Michigan native hasn't missed a deer season in
more than 60 years, and 2012 was one of his
best yet. He not only hiked 2 miles into public property to shoot a great buck, he also
killed this trophy bull moose on a hunt in
Alberta, Canada, in November.


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