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 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 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