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Greg Johnson, owner of Mid-State Taxidermy, displays four of the larger whitetail deer racks on Wednesday that have come into his shop east of New London. Three are from the firearms season which opened Saturday, but the 10-point trophy at lower left is from the archery hunt at Camp Ripley in October. Johnson said the buck had a huge neck and field dressed at 254 pounds. Johnson added he's seeing more big bucks and racks than any time in the past 20 years, speculating that hunters are practicing "buck ma...

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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