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Ray Vaughan

By Mike Handley

Ray Vaughan didn't really want to close his eyes on the night of Nov. 22, which would've meant not staring at the severed head inside his 27-foot-long home away from home.

He wanted to ogle it, to see the vacant eyes, the faint blood spatter, and especially the enormous antlers. He'd shot the buck that evening, and it took all the willpower the grandfather of 12 possessed not to drive immediately and hand it over to a taxidermist.

Ray settled for waiting until the following morning to do that, but only because he could keep the head and cape behind the camper's locked door, away from the jaws of dogs and varmints and the hands of thieving passers-by.

"I didn't want to lose track of the thing, so I spent the night with it," he laughed. "I didn't sleep with him, but we got real close."

Ray is one of a dozen guys who share a 1,500-acre lease in Clarke County, Miss., about 13 miles west of Butler, Ala.

On Nov. 22, a Monday, Ray went to a redheaded step-child of a food plot the other members had ignored. The grass patch was as thin as new whiskers because of the summertime drought, but there was enough to attract deer.

Ray was about to shoot a wonky 5x3 when he glimpsed a much bigger buck and switched targets. He didn't have time to notice just how big the second buck was before squeezing his new .45-70's trigger.

The 17-pointer's BTR score is 182 7/8 inches (199 4/8 with the spread). The complete story will appear in Rack magazine next fall.

Michael Spencer Earl Schalk Scott Ridder Gaines Massey Rylie Jeffries Ethan Spencer BTR

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# Jesse
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:41 PM
Wow! What an amazing trophy. Blessed.
Robert Keillor
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 8:30 PM
What a beautiful buck ! Thats a awesome photo with the grandkids , They will allways remember grandpa's big buck .
Jack Baker
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 3:01 PM
Congratulations, Mississippi has got some nice bucks.
Ryan Kise
# Ryan Kise
Sunday, April 08, 2012 9:49 AM
Wow, buck of a lifetime for anyone. Congrats
Kyle Peterson
# Kyle Peterson
Saturday, April 14, 2012 9:16 PM
What a great first deer for Gaines Massey in Mississippi. He passed a lot of big deer that weekend and was patient enough to get the one he wanted. Congrats Gaines. Them are the kink of Deer we are getting in Mississippi.

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