Deer of the Year

Smith arrows speed-walking buck

“I knew the deer already and was specifically looking for his sheds,” the hunter said. “I found one of his sheds in March but never found the other. At this point, I knew he was going to be high on my hit list for this season. My pursuit of the animal became a lot more personal once I had a piece of him to hold. I like making my hunts as personal as I can.” […]

Deer of the Year

Reluctant hunt results in trophy buck

When Jonathan Cleveland went to bed on the night of Jan. 15, he had plans to be in a deer stand the following day. However, when he climbed out of bed the next morning, one look outside gave him second thoughts: It was warm, with south-southwest winds gusting to 25 miles per hour. […]

Deer of the Year

Family farm gives up 155-inch Clay County 8-point

West Point’s Robert Lott was practically born into a deer hunter’s paradise. The 2,500-acre timber farm in Clay County on which he lives has been in his family for four generations and is loaded with deer.

Soon after Lott, his dad and younger brother, headed for their deer stands on Dec. 15, one of the farm’s monarchs stepped into the crosshairs of his scope. That buck, a product of careful management, later scored in the mid 150s Boone & Crockett. […]