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Mississippi Has a New Record

As suspected, Will Rives’ Jefferson County, Miss., buck – posted here on the Braggin Board 13 days after he arrowed it – is indeed a new state record within the BTR. But not as a Typical.

The 17-pointer carries a super strong 6x5 mainframe, but the six irregular points contribute just enough to the rack’s score so that it winds up a Semi-irregular by Buckmasters’ yardstick. The official score, which doesn’t include inside spread, is 183 4/8 inches. That’s the figure we use to rank deer. The composite (true gross) score is 200 6/8.

I’m fairly certain that Will’s buck will be recognized as a state-record Typical with the Pope and Young Club, too, although deductions will knock its score down to the low to mid-170s.

If Will were to take a hacksaw to that gorgeous rack and remove the kickers, it would gain 15 to 20 inches with B&C. Is that crazy or what?

That, friends, is why the BTR came into being. Speaking of which...

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Catahoula Moose

Benjamin Landry of Louisiana is the latest deer hunter to wrap his hands around one of nature’s rarest whitetail racks. The palmated antlers of the Catahoula Parish buck he shot on Jan. 22 might not have exceptionally long points, but there are several, and the last two circumference measurements on each side should nudge this rifle harvest into our record book.

I heard about this rascal from Greg Hicks, who pens many of the stories at Benjamin tells this one in his own words, however, which reminds me: Wouldn’t YOU like to be paid to write hunting stories?

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A Story by Itself Cannot Stand

An outfitter friend e-mailed a well written story last month about a client’s hunt for a world-class black bear. Along with it, he attached several gorgeous images of the man and his trophy.

Six e-mails, a visit to a photo-sharing website and a CD-rom later, I reluctantly was forced to discard the story. The bear was a keeper and the story better than average, but the photographs – or jpegs – were simply too small.

Unfortunately, the lack of a publishable photograph is frustratingly common.

The poor or distasteful quality of the image is usually why it’s rejected. But its size is equally important. Without decent photo support, a busy editor isn’t going to waste time reading what could be the best written story or the most interesting tale ever committed to paper.

For magazine purposes, we need jpegs close to or larger than 1 Mb in size (that’s 1,000 Kb). The little ones look great on a computer monitor and even on photographic paper. But they will not work when resized for a magazine.

To ensure you’ll get usable images, set your camera so that it will take big photos. In many cases, you’ll have three options: small, medium and large, or small, better and best. Choose the “large” or “best” options. You might also be asked to choose when downloading and saving an image from your camera to your computer. Always choose the largest/best possible. You can always save smaller copies to be e-mailed, while retaining the larger ones for persnickety magazine editors.

The following tips will help you with quality.

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True Grit

Decoys, calls, scents and even sacks of corn (where legal) might be far easier for hunters to carry afield, but folks who really want to lure a buck might consider lugging a mirror or a glass door into the woods.

Not a year goes by without news of deer, usually bucks, crashing into the glass doors or windows of homes, stores and even schools. When it comes to playing “chicken” with a rival, both the bucks AND their reflections win.


When a 5-point buck played the game in a Bentonville, Ark., home a few years ago, however, there was no winner.

Charging through a storm door at the home of Wayne Goldsberry’s daughter was not a good idea. Wayne was visiting, and he wasn’t about to sit by and let the confused whitetail do further damage to his pride-and-joy’s abode.

More of a take-charge dude than a shepherd, he peeked into the bedroom, where the bleeding deer was bounding back and forth across the bed, and decided to take matters into his bare hands.

After 40 minutes of wrestling, midway into which he limped out and told his wife to call the police, he waded back into the fray and broke the buck’s neck.

“He was trying to get up a corner wall, and I just came in behind him, grabbed him by the horns and started pushing down,” he told newspapers afterward.

When the deed was done, he dragged the deer out into the yard to wait for the law.

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