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You Don't Wanna Go in There
When Davis Smith of White Hall, Ark., lost his deer lease to a group of guys with deeper pockets a few years ago, he felt like a fish out of water. He tried swimming with several small hunting clubs after that, but he never found one he really liked. Davis wasn't sure where he was going to hunt on the eve of the 2008 season. "But then, out of the blue, a friend told me that his club was looking to bring in two new members to fill out their roster. He wondered if I might be interested," Davis said. The club leased 6,000 acres in Phillips County, which sounded wonderful to Davis. After meeting with the members, he was accepted into the fold. Because the '08 season was rapidly approaching, Davis didn't have a lot of time to get to know the property. He studied maps and walked much of the acreage with his friend, who pointed out the boundaries. He also learned that the members had staked claims to different sections. Not to say there were no good places to hunt. Davis just h... 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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