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Public Land, Gnarly Country

Public Land, Gnarly Country

By Mike Handley

One of the biggest whitetails to go through Tennessee taxidermist Michael Austin’s shop last year didn’t belong to a customer, and he won’t make a dime off it. Instead, the deer without a nametag will lighten the 54-year-old’s own wallet. Michael brought this public land bruiser home from Kentucky, his reward for spending op...

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