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Kosciusko King
My fourth year to hunt deer was 2009. The only buck to my credit, going into that season, wore a little 8-point basket rack. The first three years, I didn't have a good place to hunt, just my back yard and a small lot down the road. In 2008, my father-in-law took me to some land by a river he'd hunted for 25 years. I went with him twice, and saw between six and 10 deer each time. After the '08 season ended, he moved to Kentucky. My wife and I asked the landowner if we could hunt his place. He said sure, since her dad had hunted there for so long. My father-in-law has taken a lot of trophy bucks from there. He's always said there were many more, too, if a hunter could bide his time without shooting young deer. He told us there was one whitetail down there that was huge. He'd shot at it, even drawn blood, but he never found it. During the summer of 2009, my wife and I put a lot of time into scouting the area. We even set out trail cameras, which we checked two or three tim... More

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No Sandbags Required
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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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