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Destination: Deer

Destination: Deer

By Mike Handley

Contrary to popular belief, people who book hunts with outfitters rarely take home 200-inch bucks. Not wild ones anyway. Lodge owners can manage only for mature bucks, whether their holdings are large or small, in Alabama or Ohio. Yet the older these deer become, the less likely they’ll abide the stepped-up pressure of a string of pay-to-play...

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Mike Handley has decades of experience measuring, researching and writing about monster bucks. Each week, Mike will update everyone in the Big Buck 411 Blog on giant whitetail news from across North America. When a new record falls, you will be one of the first to know about it.

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