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The New BBZ

January 11, 2008
The New BBZ - 8

2c80 With the start of the new year we're bringing some exciting new voices to the Big Buck Zone. To help provide more regional perspectives on whitetail hunting, we've begun to assemble an all-star team of whitetail experts from around the country.  This new team will be replacing long-time contributor Mike Hanback, who has moved on to pursue other opportunities. We thank Mike for all of his contributions to BBZ and wish him the very best in his new ventures.

Our new BBZ all-stars will be providing you with more close-to-home coverage on the big bucks being tagged in your region as well as tactics and news for your area. This new BBZ team will include renowned outdoor writer and co-host of Whitetail Revolutions Mark Kayser out of Wyoming (and recently South Dakota), Tennessee and Kentucky public-land hunting guru Travis Faulkner (pictured with just some of his public land trophies), OL bowhunting editor Todd Kuhn will share his expertise hunting whitetails with a bow, former longtime Whitetail Strategies editor Gerry Bethge will give his take on great whitetail hunting in the Northeast and I'll be chiming in as well offering my insight and experiences from hunting deer over the past 30-plus years. OL's Newshound blogger J.R. Absher will even chime in time to time as he uncovers unusual big buck stories during his cruises of the news.

Most of all, we hope to see you on the BBZ as you send us your big buck photos and stories and even share your tips and experiences in the field. Let us know what you want to see, read about and share.

You can contact us at olbigbuckzone@yahoo.com anytime and we'll answer your questions as quickly as possible. Thanks for making BBZ the best blog on the Web for big buck stories and big buck hunting tactics and with your help, we'll make it even better.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, keep checking back in the coming days as we announce details of our 2008 Big Buck Zone Photo Contest. We're lining up some cool prizes. If you want to get a jump on the competition, feel free to send in your big buck photo and the story behind it right now. Even if it's not a Booner, we want to see your bucks and share them with the world. Catch you around on the BBZ.

And speaking of contests, the folks at LaCrosse are also wanting to see your hunt videos posted to their Web site at http://www.lacrossefootwear.com/. Those who post videos by Jan. 15 can receive a free pair of socks. What's more, your hunt footage may be seen by tens of thousands at the huge industry trade show, SHOT Show, at the end of the month in Las Vegas. For rules, click here.

—Doug Howlett

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from chuck wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

Couldnt even make a comment I wanted on this new bbz!! What gives?

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from Herbert Foster wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

Hey, So sorry to see mike hahnback (spelling?)go. He was certainly an inspiration and brought alot to the table as I'm sure he does at home as well Ha! He will be missed but we all can keep up with him on the outdoor channel and ,for on, will be even more watchful of this true and tried American Sportsman.So long mike and happy hunting buddy! do it while you can ,I am physically dis abled at 55 yrs and I'd give anything to be able to run the ridge tops like i used to. Up here in Maine (99%dense forest it is extremely challenging to pursue the white tail but over the yrs I have been blessed with a few really nice mature bucks and alot of average and table fare . Iwould love to see one of the pros take the challenge and come up here and do a show in one of the most difficult hunting areas for whitetail In North America. Any body up for it?Come on Mke,I DARE YOU TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE.It will change your whole outlook on the diversity in terrain and the direct effect it has on your skills and tactics as well as your tenacity level. Good luck Mike in all Your endeavors. Herbert Foster.

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from jake wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

so what happened to hanback? i liked reading this because he was truly one of the guys now i'm not saying the new guys won't be like that but i just want to know what happened and where did he go.

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from Ken Mclean wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

Hey Mike, thanks for the ride, you will be missed. Best of luck where ever life takes you. If you get bored come out west and we'll rustle up a few mulies.

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from Doug wrote 6 years 26 weeks ago

Mike's working with some other magazines like he always has while working for OL and pursuing some other TV and web ventures.In response to Herbert, I agree. It would be very interesting to hunt Maine, something you don't read much about or see on the hunt shows. Maine is a beautiful state with some bruiser-sized bucks from what I've seen. We'll have to see what we can do about getting one of our guys up there in the future. I think it would be one heck of a hunt.

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from steve thompson wrote 6 years 26 weeks ago

something was mentioned about an 80 yard shot having somthing to do with MIKE leaving whats with that ?after OL gave the boot to ZUMBO for stating an opinion i got to wonder .ZUMBO'S statement can be read on weatherby nation.Itried to find it here but had no luck.I did'nt agree with everything Mike had to say' he was against sunday hunting and was green when it came to hunting with shot gun slugs' but all in all he kept things interesting.NOW we have 6 gurus to keep us posted and up to date on legslative news. I'm not sure if we'll be able to identify with that many different personalities, I guess we'll see, 6phunter

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from DixonB wrote 6 years 24 weeks ago

Maybe we can send this Faulkner fellow to Maine, looks like he has been successful bagging big bucks in KY/TN on Public Land. I look forward to the new persepective these writers will bring, remember the only constant we have is change!

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from Walt Smith wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

Does this mean we won't be reading the words Shooter, and stud in every other sentence??

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from Walt Smith wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

Does this mean we won't be reading the words Shooter, and stud in every other sentence??

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from DixonB wrote 6 years 24 weeks ago

Maybe we can send this Faulkner fellow to Maine, looks like he has been successful bagging big bucks in KY/TN on Public Land. I look forward to the new persepective these writers will bring, remember the only constant we have is change!

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from steve thompson wrote 6 years 26 weeks ago

something was mentioned about an 80 yard shot having somthing to do with MIKE leaving whats with that ?after OL gave the boot to ZUMBO for stating an opinion i got to wonder .ZUMBO'S statement can be read on weatherby nation.Itried to find it here but had no luck.I did'nt agree with everything Mike had to say' he was against sunday hunting and was green when it came to hunting with shot gun slugs' but all in all he kept things interesting.NOW we have 6 gurus to keep us posted and up to date on legslative news. I'm not sure if we'll be able to identify with that many different personalities, I guess we'll see, 6phunter

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from Doug wrote 6 years 26 weeks ago

Mike's working with some other magazines like he always has while working for OL and pursuing some other TV and web ventures.In response to Herbert, I agree. It would be very interesting to hunt Maine, something you don't read much about or see on the hunt shows. Maine is a beautiful state with some bruiser-sized bucks from what I've seen. We'll have to see what we can do about getting one of our guys up there in the future. I think it would be one heck of a hunt.

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from Ken Mclean wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

Hey Mike, thanks for the ride, you will be missed. Best of luck where ever life takes you. If you get bored come out west and we'll rustle up a few mulies.

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from jake wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

so what happened to hanback? i liked reading this because he was truly one of the guys now i'm not saying the new guys won't be like that but i just want to know what happened and where did he go.

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from Herbert Foster wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

Hey, So sorry to see mike hahnback (spelling?)go. He was certainly an inspiration and brought alot to the table as I'm sure he does at home as well Ha! He will be missed but we all can keep up with him on the outdoor channel and ,for on, will be even more watchful of this true and tried American Sportsman.So long mike and happy hunting buddy! do it while you can ,I am physically dis abled at 55 yrs and I'd give anything to be able to run the ridge tops like i used to. Up here in Maine (99%dense forest it is extremely challenging to pursue the white tail but over the yrs I have been blessed with a few really nice mature bucks and alot of average and table fare . Iwould love to see one of the pros take the challenge and come up here and do a show in one of the most difficult hunting areas for whitetail In North America. Any body up for it?Come on Mke,I DARE YOU TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE.It will change your whole outlook on the diversity in terrain and the direct effect it has on your skills and tactics as well as your tenacity level. Good luck Mike in all Your endeavors. Herbert Foster.

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from chuck wrote 6 years 27 weeks ago

Couldnt even make a comment I wanted on this new bbz!! What gives?

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