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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.

 

Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Packed and ready!

September 27, 2010 at 07:17 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for opening day archery season! With new places to hunt this year and a little more alloted time off, the writing’s on the wall: I’m outa here”!

You know, it doesn’t help having a Facebook account. Sitting back and watching all of the bordering states and beyond open their seasons , days and sometimes weeks before ours, one cannot help but to salivate over the harvested buck pictures that show up every day! KY, MN, OH, KS, ND, etc, etc, seem to be having some relatively good harvests coming in. It’s got my blood flowing enough to motivate me in getting things ready early. This is my favorite time of year as I love hunting the early season. I’ve got a couple of bucks mapped out as well as I possibly can, so all I can do from here is wait until the opener and hit the timber.

I’m planning on several all day hunts opening week. I’ll be packing food and water with the intention of stalking an entire area where I believe 2 bucks hide out. Even in the slower parts of the day, around noon or so, I’m looking forward in catching a snoozing buck on a hillside off guard. With the ground assault, it’s never dull! Always on the move (even if it’s 80 yards every 2 hours), there’s always a chance for action as compared to hunting just the mornings and afternoons. The binoculars will be my best friend as they will give me the opportunity to “reach out”, way past my scent zone, for a long range view of what’s happening on the other side. There’s nothing better than finding a bedded buck in the early afternoon. Chances are he’ll be there for quite some time giving me the opportunity to circumnavigate his position for an ambush from behind. It’s an awesome type of hunt! The only issues I’ve had with this scenario is being busted by bachelor bucks that I DIDN’T see when moving and relocating. Other than that, it’s the “creme de la creme” of deer hunting if you were to ask me!

So it’s 4 days and 3 sleepless nights away. I do this every year and by the time opening day gets here, I’m exhausted. I lay in bed and go over and over how I’m going to approach the attack. One thing for sure, once I’m in the woods, I’ll throw all of those dreams out the window as there will undoubtedly be something else that will get my attention! Who knows where I’ll end up? That is why I love it so much! Northing’s for sure or guaranteed. It’s hunting in the real world and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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