Oct 28, 2023
Every serious whitetail hunter knows about Mel Johnson's world record typical archery buck, scoring 204 1/2". Many of us older bowhunters can remember staring wide eyed at glossy images of Mel and the giant in the pages of Outdoor Life and bowhunting magazines long ago. But not to many people likely know much about Mel himself. Humble and very down to earth, Mel didn't seek the attention and fame that could have easily came along with taking such a magnificent animal. Mel was a father figure, mentor, and friend to our buddy Rick Snell, and this week Rick shares some of the memories he and Mel shared along the way, from the Midwest to Alaska. Super cool glimpse into the man so many of us know of, but not many of know about.