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By Mike Handley

Ryan Cox Buck

You’d better have lots of time if you ask 18-year-old Ryan Cox how he came to harvest the second-largest Missouri whitetail taken in 2010. The story of his 24-minute hunt might be short and sweet, but if he begins thanking everyone who played a supporting role, the list could rival an Oscar winner’s.

It’s not for me to decide who gets top billing here, but the choices are God, with whom Ryan bargained; his cousin, Brandon Craig, who told him where he ought to hunt; his father, Kelvin, who helped him set out trail cameras; brother Kris, who sent him the photo of the 21-pointer caught in front of one of those cameras; his best friend, Quentin, who helped him hang seven or eight treestands; his new Remington; and three uncles, one of whom shot a lesser buck just prior to the big one’s passing his stand earlier that fateful day.

The full story of Ryan’s November hunt will appear in the August issue of Rack magazine. But I’ll say this much now: The college student, who now lives too far away from the family farm to visit it outside of weekends, sure made the most of his limited time.

The gorgeous Harrison County 21-pointer is a mainframe 5x6 with Coke-can bases, a nearly 21-inch inside spread and almost 45 inches of irregular growth. An official score of 212 makes it the 13th largest ever felled in the Show Me State. Its composite score is a whopping 232 7/8.

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John Santana
# John Santana
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:25 PM
What did he shoot it with?
Awesome buck.
Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:06 PM
It was a rifle kill, John. Thanks for asking. I went in and clarified it.
Celina Taylor
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6:55 AM
Yes I agree and use Muzzy 4 blade broadheads as well!
Even at low poundage bows (40#) my arrows pass through my deer and bear as well! Celina
J. Baker
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:16 AM
Congratulations, once in a life time buck. I'd give you a 5 but it wasn't a bow kill :>). You did your homewark and it paid off, way to go!
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