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Huge, freaky non-typical racks are becoming more and more common among many of the big deer taken each hunting season. Here's a look at four legendary bucks and a little info on what makes them so special.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

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As Whitetail Editor Michael Hanback wrote in his column in the June/July_ Outdoor Life_ (now on newsstands), huge, freaky non-typical racks are becoming more and more common among many of the big deer taken each hunting season. One key reason for this phenomenon is the fact that hunters are working harder to improve habitat and are passing on smaller bucks, which allows the deer to live longer, get better nutrition and grow bigger sets of headgear.

Biologists Mick Hellickson and Grant Woods agree that genetics, combined with the above mentioned factors, are the main reason hunters are seeing so many giant bucks in the woods. Leading the way in the number of large nontypicals in the record books are the Midwest states of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas and Ohio. Here's a look at four legendary bucks and a little info on what makes them so special.

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