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The throwback

Rick Wickham is a reminder of the days before corporate farms and ranches started taking the magic of humanity out of the land.

Updated: September 25, 2001, 9:25 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
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The rack measures 24 inches on the inside, and has 35 points. It belonged to a whitetail in western Kansas, where on a cold day in January a cowboy named Rick Wickham found it on the prairie not far from the main house of a ranch he worked back in the mid '90s.

Neither Rick nor anyone else he knew had ever seen such a rack. It made him wonder about the animal that once possessed it. Judging it to be less than a few months on the ground, Wickham began asking questions, and as word spread ...

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