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Nobody Said it Would be Easy
I got into the deer hunting game late. Until a friend offered to teach me the ropes in exchange for sharing the hunting rights on another buddy's Clark County, Ohio, farm, I'd always been content to hunt small game. Lynn's property had been my rabbit, squirrel and pheasant haven for about five years. There weren't many deer when I first started hunting there, but the population had grown to a point that Lynn considered them nuisances rather than novelty. He had no problem whatsoever in allowing me to include a friend who might help eliminate some of them. Eager to put my newly acquired knowledge - or theory - to the test, I went out and bought a crossbow and a better grade of camouflage clothes. My very first time in the field (loaded for whitetails), I took a nice fat doe and decided deer hunting wasn't any more difficult than squirrel hunting. Boy, was I wrong. I spent the next five years trying for deer No. 2. I spent countless hours in the field, looking for an oppor... 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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