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Roarin' Closes the Deal
Robert Eccles had the presence of mind to set his clock back an hour on Halloween night in 2009, but he didn't make the daylight-saving-to-standard-time adjustment with his alarm, which was still set for 6 a.m. It should've been set for 5:00. Already late when the buzzer sounded that Sunday morning, Robert decided to stop at a gas station en route to his stand and buy a cup of coffee and a ham biscuit - luxuries he'd ordinarily skip. It was 7:00 by the time he climbed into his treestand in Kosciusko County. The owner of Brothers Archery shop in North Webster, Ind., had been aloft for only 10 minutes when he saw a familiar, gray-muzzled face. It was none other than the giant whitetail he knew roamed the tract. It pushed five does out of the nearby swamp and into a picked cornfield, all the way to within 60 yards of the hunter who felt as if a ham biscuit was wedged in his throat. Nothing Robert tried would coax that single-minded buck closer, and then - just as quickly... More

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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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