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■ tom rosemeier, churchville, va. In August 2012, Tom took a long-awaited dream safari in Limpopo, South Africa. Using a .300 Win. Mag., he bagged seven plains-game animals including a white blesbok, a blue wildebeest, impala and gemsbok. But this huge bull kudu fell to a bolt from his crossbow during Tom's hunt-of-a-lifetime. ★ jason hales, idaho falls, idaho While his friends have been putting in for this tag with no success for the last decade, Jason was lucky enough to draw an Idaho rifle antelope tag the last two years in a row. Last year Mother Nature made him pay for it, though. Jason had to crawl a grueling 700 yards on his belly through the scrub brush to make a 300-yard shot to drop this awesome pronghorn. His friends made him promise not to put in for the tag this year. ★ longest crawl ★ greg otto, chugiak, alaska Greg and Ella (the one with the pointy ears) used a jet boat to get to the location, roughly 50 miles south of Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope, where they bagged this bull caribou. It was as good a trip as one can hope for in Alaska, as the hunt party was plagued with only one flat tire and two snowstorms. signifying that this tom was indeed the legendary "Bigfoot," named for the 5-inch footprint it left behind. A few soft tree calls was all it took, and Gary's old double 12-gauge boomed as soon as the bird hit the ground. Recovering the giant from the quagmire he tumbled into was a bit more work, however. ★ best Pose ■ dave kamm, new london, ohio This buck was chasing a doe on Dave's family farm in Coshocton County, Ohio, in November. Lucky for Dave, he happened to be in his stand when the doe circled back, bringing this awesome 10-point within range for a 42-yard bow shot. ■ tom jensen, harrisburg, S.d. After getting a trail-cam picture of a buckof-a-lifetime, South Dakota native Tom Jensen was determined to cross paths with the brute. On Nov. 18, the second day of South Dakota's gun season, Tom caught a glimpse of the buck cutting across an opening of a large slough. After a 330-yard shot with his Weatherby Vanguard, this 1782⁄8-inch grossscoring bruiser buck was the result. ■ chad nielsen, fremont, neb. ■ victor lyberg, gladstone, mich. After seeing this deer twice the year before and finding one of his sheds, everything came together Oct. 30, 2012, in Nickerson, Neb. Chad was able to make his Pope & Young dream come true with a 38-yard shot at this 1712⁄8-inch whitetail. ■ Paul liskey, elizabethtown, Pa. Since he was retiring from the Army in a few days, Kilgo decided to try his luck at an early retirement present. This 41/2-yearold 8-point filled the bill as Kilgo rattled and grunted him in from 100 yards to 12. A heart/lung shot made for easy tracking through Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kilgo retired from the U.S. Army Nov. 15, 2012. Consider this our late retirement present to you, sir. ★ glass half-full award This 1892⁄8-inch monster moose was Victor's prize during his Maine moose hunt with his son, Joel. At their third site, during the third morning of the hunt, Victor spotted the behemoth chasing a cow through the hardwoods. With Joel backing him up on the call, Victor made a perfect 130-yard shot, dropping the Booner in his tracks. Paul was a pusher on a Dec. 6 deer drive on his home property in Pennsylvania when he spotted this buck running directly away from him. The 63-year-old made an awesome 200-yard spine shot with his Sako 7mm Rem. Mag. to bring his 10-point buckof-a-lifetime to a halt. ★ gary beasley, Sycamore, ohio Even in the dim light of the early morning, Gary could easily see the long beard and huge spurs, tom roSemeier ■ lt. col. jeffrey kilgo, fredericksburg, va. ■ tanner martin, mansfield, texas The best Christmas present came a few days late for Tanner Martin. He really set the bar high when he bagged this giant whitetail for his first buck in Childress County, Texas, Dec. 28. ★ eddie richburg, blackville, S.c. While hunting the opening day of South Carolina's turkey season with his father and son, Eddie got the surprise of a lifetime. Turning toward the sound of some interested gobblers, Eddie found himself within 10 yards of a stalking coyote. Instead of waiting to become dinner, Eddie shot the canine. At the report, the gobblers sounded. Undeterred, Eddie regrouped, went mobile and was able to take his limit of toms to boot. ★ clean drawers award ■ kirstin ottmar, hermiston, ore. This gorgeous, cinnamon-phase bear was killed at the base of Oregon's Blue Mountains by 15-year-old Kirstin last September. Her trophy was well-earned as she passed on three other bears during the hunt. Her reasons are about as good as any we've heard: She wanted the right shot and, more importantly, she wanted to keep hunting. ■ Shane cardwell, midlothian, texas We know what you're thinking and yes, that is an elk Shane killed-we checked. He watched this giant mass of antler for more than an hour before finally taking the shot. Oh yeah, it was his first elk hunt, too. Some guys have all the luck. ■ Perkes boys, west bountiful, Utah Brett Perkes probably thought he was pulling a fast one on his boys back in 2010 when he told them they'd have to pay their own way if they wanted to hunt waterfowl in Canada. Well, after working hard and saving money for two years it was time for Dad to eat his words. Kohle, Blair and Kason took Dad along and were rewarded with a mixed bag of geese on the third and final morning of their September Saskatchewan hunt. ■ jenna wenke, wayland, mo. After spending the summer with Grandpa shooting .22s and eventually moving up to an AR-15, Jenna was ready for him to hold up his end of the bargain and finally take her hunting. On the second morning of the Missouri youth deer season, they rattled in this great 10-point. One 90-yard shot from the S&W M&P-15 proved what Grandpa already knew: This girl can shoot. ah jaSon haleS june 2013 ❘ 54 ❘  americanhunter.org greg otto http://www.americanhunter.org

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