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‹‹ Zac Parks, Edmond, Okla.

During a father/son trip to Kodiak, Alaska,
NRA Life member Zac Parks, right, bagged
this giant brown bear during a nine-day hunt.
The hunters were responding to a problem
animal for the local village, as it was stealing
deer from residents. Zac finally caught up
with the meat thief and took a lethal shot with
a .338 Win. Mag. at 135 yards, followed by two
more to ensure it stayed put. On the last day
of the hunt, they also got an 11-point blacktail.
All told, father and son took one bear, three
deer and more than 40 ducks including harlequins, goldeneyes and mergansers. That's
definitely a successful trip, and one the two
of them won't soon forget.

★ MEAT THIEF NO MORE ★

■ Troy Stimson, Falconer, N.Y.

■ Brooklyn Zietlow, Spearfish, S.D.

Brooklyn, 13, and her dad, Matthew, had been
still-hunting for about five hours on a cold and
snowy day through the Black Hills of eastern
Wyoming for Brooklyn's first buck when they
spotted this nice 5x5 in its bed. Brooklyn kept
calm, found a good rest on a nearby ponderosa pine, and with one careful shot just above
the heart, the buck was hers. It was a great season with many fond memories made between
daddy and daughter. There were no doubt
also many lessons learned about hunting and
remaining diligent under tough conditions.

■ Matthew Beauchamp, Colusa, Calif.

At 60, the opportunity to hunt Africa was a
knock on the door Matthew couldn't ignore.
In the Limpopo province of South Africa in
September, Matthew took a bull black wildebeest at a little more than 200 yards. Shortly
thereafter, Matthew and his PH, Samson,
moved into a hilly area, at which point Matthew spotted and killed this sable at 130 yards
with his Browning A-Bolt Medallion in .300
Win. Mag. During the trip, Matthew also took
a blesbok, two warthogs and an impala. But he
says the hunt for his sable, with horns measuring 41.5 inches, is the experience he remembers most fondly.

When Troy, left, drew a Maine moose tag after
16 years of trying, he was elated. But the timing of his hunt couldn't have been worse, as his
son's graduation from Army basic training at
Fort Benning, Ga., was the same weekend, and
his 26th wedding anniversary was the same
week. Still, Troy packed in every activity. After
the graduation, he flew to Buffalo then drove
all day to arrive in Maine by 4 a.m. opening
day. On the fourth day of his hunt (his anniversary), his guide, Scott Brown, put him on
this bull. Troy says he is grateful for his wife
and her understanding nature.

‹‹ Raymond Guth, Mohnton, Pa.

★ MIDWESTERN BRUTE ★

Hunting with Niobrara Wilderness Outfitters in mid-November near Valentine, Neb.,
Raymond surprised this bedded mule deer
buck as it lounged under a tree with a doe.
When both deer got up the big buck took off,
and Raymond circled to cut him off. Unfortunately, hunter and guide jumped the buck
a second time after it had bedded under
another tree roughly 200 yards away; they
could only watch as it disappeared into the
pines. Then, as the massive 8x13 brute exited
the pine grove once more, Raymond, with his
New Ultra Light Arms .270, shot through a
window in the trees and dropped this big boy
in his tracks.
june 2017 ❘

■ Delmar R. Ritter, Middleburg, Pa.

Delmar had watched this deer for two years
via trail-cam images-and even had an opportunity at a shot, spoiled by an in-the-way pine
tree-before luck finally swung his way last
fall. Delmar saw quite a few other bucks,
including two nice 8-pointers, but insistently
held out for "the buck." His patience paid off
when the 11-pointer walked by at 30 yards.
That was when Delmar, using his TenPoint
Carbon Elite XLT crossbow, claimed his biggest buck to date.

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