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One Acre and a Mule
Thirty-two years of deer hunting weren't enough to prepare Jerry Kassinger for the buck he shot with his crossbow last season in Ohio. He had no idea the animal's antlers would surpass the lofty 200-inch mark. His first clue about the buck's caliber came when all the passers-by at the local check station whipped out their cell phones to photograph it amongst a chorus of ooohs and ahhhs. Confirmation came when this magazine came knocking, and again when it was taped for "Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records." Only then did Jerry realize he'd not only put a bolt through a 200-incher, but he'd also beat that mark by more than 32 inches (if inside spread were added). He still sometimes wonders if he's dreaming. Prior to the 2009 season, Jerry bought a couple of trail cameras and set out one of them on his brother Jeff's 1-acre lot in suburban Summit County, Ohio, where he plans to eventually build a home. The neighborhood, which is a mere quarter-mile from Jerry's own place i... More

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Recent Features

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...
 

Thirty-Five Seasons and a Day
Maybe my daughter expressed it best: "It was your day to shine, Dad!" After 35 years of hunting deer in Wisconsin, my 15 minutes of fame came on opening day of the 2009 firearms season. The morning passed uneventfully; the evening hunt was over in a matter ...
 

Could be Downhill from Here
Following the 2008 hunting season, I saw a great 9x7 whitetail that left me counting the days until the next one. All I could do was hope the buck survived the winter. Immediately prior to the 2009 season, I went back to the area where I'd spotted the 16-p...
 

Trouble on the Tundra
The morning at our Farnie Lake caribou outpost had started out normal enough. But as I shoved the bullets into my buddy Harold Pirsig's .30-06, a scene from the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" flashed through my mind. The mental blur dealt with one of th...
 

More Than They Bargained For
Eric Arnette sat on the Alaskan tundra in a nerve-wracking bubble of fog, staring for an hour and a half at the spot where he'd last seen his guide, who had disappeared into an alder thicket in pursuit of the huge, possibly-wounded, possibly-dead grizzly be...
 
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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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