12 POINTS – Chris Clark of Collinsville, IL, took this 12-point buck in Massac County at the far southern tip of Illinois. The buck was field dressed at 185 pounds and green scored at 152”.
DAUGHTER’S FATHER – Clair Mullen’s father, Scott Mullen, owner of Auto America Detailing in St. Peters, harvested this big old guy with archery equipment on property owned by Herb Schultz and Edwin Harpole’s Xtreme Hunts in Pike County, Illinois. Their website is xtreme-hunts.com.
FATHER’S DAUGHTER – Clair Mullen, 14, has been hunting with her dad, hunter Scott Mullen, since she was 5 years old. She harvested her third deer during the 2018 Youth Season in Ellsberry, MO, and is hoping for many more. Thanks to property owners Steve and Jeff Kaiser.
ALL IN THE FAMILY – Harrison Miller of Norwood, MO, took this elk in New Mexico in October on a hunt with his new father-in-law, Bob Ziehmer, conservation director for Bass Pro Shops. They also encountered mountain lions and coyotes.
FATHER AND SON – Matt Harris and son, Kellan, proudly display Dad’s deer on left. Kellan took his own deer at right, and is seen here proudly displaying his prize. This was the first deer for both of them.
RIVER MASTER – Jeff Friedhoff of O’Fallon, MO, took this beautiful specimen at Steamboat Island along the Missouri River, in St. Louis County north of Eureka.
YOUNG BUCK’S FIRST BUCK – Sam Dickinson, 9, will always remember getting his first buck, a 9-point he shot on the Sunday of Youth Season, near Swiss in Gasconade County. He used a Marlin 30-30 that his older brother and his dad both used to shoot their first deer.
ON THE BUFFALO – Larry Sheppard, a retired judge and farmer from near Kansas City, enjoyed fall colors with float-fishing guide Dennis Whiteside in an adventure that featured smallmouth, Dolomite bluffs on the Buffalo River at Steel Creek and lofty views of an Osage Creek dairy farm from “Lover’s Leap” near Rule, Ark.
SMALLIE STORY – Steve Grossman reports he got his first smallmouth in the Meramec River upstream from the Highway N bridge near Bourbon. His story: “Five fish were chasing my lure and the littlest one grabbed it. I slowed the lure down and then the biggest of the bunch grabbed the other treble. What a day!”
TURKEY TREK – Paul Hollis, executive vice president of RTP Outdoors in St. Louis, has been collecting turkeys in Nebraska lately, including a Rio Grande, a Merriam and the Hybrid seen here.