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Big Game Swap

By Mike Handley

A simple handshake helped a Maine outfitter and a farmer from Ohio shorten their bucket lists in 2020. It's impossible to say who got the better end of the deal, the man who took home a brace of record-book whitetails, the one who felled a truly world-class black bear, or the taxidermists who earned one or more truck payments. None of this would've...

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Mike Handley | Big Buck 411 Blog Editor

Mike Handley has decades of experience measuring, researching and writing about monster bucks. Each week, Mike will update everyone in the Big Buck 411 Blog on giant whitetail news from across North America. When a new record falls, you will be one of the first to know about it.

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A Beast by Any Other Name
A Beast by Any Other Name

By Mike Handley

I admit I’m paid to come up with myriad ways to describe whitetails. Referring to a storied animal as a buck or a deer 27 times in one article is a surefire way to put a reader to sleep. To keep your attention, I generally alternate b... READ MORE


Double the Pleasure
Double the Pleasure

By Mike Handley

Des Moines bowhunter Brady Snyder doesn't always budget for taxidermy, but when he does, he prefers paying double. That's what happened in 2019 anyway, when he let the air out of a couple of world-class whitetails, a 174-incher during a loc... READ MORE


New Texas Record is Deer of the Year
New Texas Record is Deer of the Year

By Mike Handley

For the first time since Buckmasters began awarding its annual Golden Laurel Citation, a Texas specimen will claim deer hunting's highest honor. Tarif Alkhatib's 2021 Grayson County whitetail will be the 32nd recipient of the GLC, first awa... READ MORE


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