I Have a Dream

from the Hunting with Hank series by Mark Banta   It was early fall and Hank and I were fifteen years old.  We had spent that Saturday morning pursuing whitetails with our bow and arrows without success.  We had seen a small buck at a distance, but Hank had scared it off when he tried to do a … [Read more...]

Big Buck Diaries Episode 3 by Mark Banta

Jim Hillcrest, the father, and Jeremiah, the son were growing apart.  Jim had worked as a farmer in central Kansas all his life.  Jeremiah had other aspirations.  It seemed that every dream he pursued came true.  He graduated from KSU in the spring of 1998 with a degree in English Literature.  He … [Read more...]

Big Buck Diaries Episode 2 by Mark Banta

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As so often happens in small rural areas where hunting is prevalent, a legend had been spawned in the small town of Hefnerville, OH.  It all started in the fall of 83’ when a local by the name of Max Bigwell nearly crashed his ¾ ton diesel west of town.  He’d been out checking on a cow that was … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Turkey Decoys

8 Tips for Turkey Decoys I once hunted in Alabama with a guide who called my decoys "rubber chickens." After a gobbler made a bee-line across an open field toward the jake I'd mounted on top of a hen, he may not have changed his mind, but at least he was more open to the idea of using decoys while … [Read more...]