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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 the public tract they'd never visited before that day. Had the deer acted more like the ones the Smiths usually chase back home in Georgia, Greg would've never entertained the wild notion his dad, Tony, dismissed as a waste of precious little time. But the buck had slowed to a walk when it reached the adjoining field, giving Greg just enough hope that he might be able to get ahead of it. "You'll never see that deer again," said Tony, watching his 26-year-old son frantically pulling gear from the truck. The Smiths - Greg, his dad and brother, Tony Jr. - had gained permits for the quota hunt at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County, Ill.  Their cousin, Doug Cunningham, had put their name... 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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