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Oh-No-He-Didn't
It's easy for a bowhunting purist to scoff at the notion of taking a deer with a firearm. It's something few riflemen could understand. It's just not the same. Tracy Atchison knows. The 43-year-old railroad track supervisor from Kirwin, Kan., has been hunting with a bow since he was 13. He's shot plenty of whitetails, too, including some whoppers - nary a one with a bullet. But that was then. On the eve of the Sunflower State's 2009 blackpowder season, Tracy swallowed his pride and drove to Cabela's - not to purchase a new pack of broadheads, but to buy himself a new blackpowder rifle and all the trimmings. He'd reluctantly ruled out the possibility of getting a bow shot at the incredible deer his trail camera had photographed no less than 100 times. The buck clearly lived on the adjoining property, for which he didn't have permission to hunt. But it routinely crossed into the CRP where Tracy had erected a ground blind only because there were no trees suitable for clim... More

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Recent Features

Head'em Off at the Pass
Father and son could only watch, mouths agape, as the doe and an enormous buck rose from the CRP and bounded off to the next grassy field. The guys' bows and climbers were in the truck, locked away while they were investigating a possible stand site within ...
 

Deer Addict
Either the Apocalypse or a flood would have to hit Massachusetts to keep Everett Brown from packing his bags and leaving home in November. Even then, there's no guarantee that hell or high water would prevent him from driving to Illinois when the deer there...
 

The Bad News Buck
For my dad, getting up early on a cold morning, layering himself in camouflage and then sitting in a deer stand or duck blind rates right up there with breathing. He lives for (and because of) it! Half his wardrobe is camo, and I guarantee that he gets his mo...
 

If you Climb It, They Will Come
It's probably safe to say that no climber manufacturer has ever advertised a treestand as being a deer magnet. Perhaps they should. Consider the testimony of Bill Collins, a senior analyst for the U.S. Army, whose going-away present for his recent Kansas...
 

Backyard Buck: Lost and Found
It all started with a new hire, Mark, whose desk faces mine. As we came to know one another, our conversations ranged from work, fishing and boating to hunting. Mark had bought a house on the outskirts of Winona Lake, Ind., less than half a mile from the c...
 
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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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