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Serious Mojo
If  Dave Wachtel should happen to scoot through a turnstile, you'd best start looking for the confetti and balloons to drop. If he buys a lottery ticket, send the CPA to his address. And if you invite the 37-year-old former restaurateur to hunt deer on your place - even if you stick him in the worst stand on the property - be prepared to drive him to the taxidermist afterward. This Nashville resident has some serious mojo. Anyone, regardless of prowess with bow or gun, has a much better chance of winning the Powerball than bagging a world record whitetail. Plop them down in Tennessee, and the odds of seeing Buckzilla are even worse. Let's say, however, that it happens - as it did for Dave back in 2000, when the bowhunter uncharacteristically carried a muzzleloader afield and shot a free-ranging 51-pointer with a BTR score of 246 inches. What are the odds that he would come close to snatching a second record? Doesn't matter. Do not bet against this guy. "I lucked u... More

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In a Blink
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Kosciusko King
My fourth year to hunt deer was 2009. The only buck to my credit, going into that season, wore a little 8-point basket rack. The first three years, I didn't have a good place to hunt, just my back yard and a small lot down the road. In 2008, my father-in-law...
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Mike Handley / RACK Editor / BTR Chairman

Mike Handley

Veteran journalist Mike Handley has been the editor of Rack since its 1999 launch as a subscription-only magazine. The 48-year-old Alabama native also is executive director of Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records and painter of wildlife. Mike has pursued big game in 15 states, two Canadian provinces, Finland and South Africa. He’s living proof that man can survive repeated bustings by long-faced does, a diet formerly laden with pork fat, encounters with black mambas and presidents of the 21st century. He also snores.

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