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Tink's #63
If Tink's could somehow pen up a bunch of 63-year-old men and either figure out where their tarsal glands are or dig between their toes for the interdigital glands, the deer lure company might just have another winner. And the first shipment - seven bottles of "Old Man Smell" - would be to central Ohio. The only hitch is that it could take three or four years to work. If Dan Bradley were still hunting, an eighth bottle would be required. But the 63-year-old deputy sheriff hung up his spurs following the 2008 season, the year he went from goat to hero among his pals who used to joke about his growing collection of unspent deer tags. That was the fourth year for Dan and a group of friends to hunt Ohio's Zaleski State Forest in Vinton County. They usually rent a cabin near Lake Hope State Park (which has to be booked almost a year in advance), from which they can access thousands of acres of public ground. Six guys made the trip in '08, arriving on Nov. 29 with plans to hun... 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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