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Alexandria's Gordie Rachel posed with the 17-point buck he shot near Alexandria. He bagged the deer with a .44 magnum Smith and Wesson pistol around 7 a.m. on November 8. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

Buck of a lifetime: 72-year-old Alexandria man takes home 17-point buck

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It took Alexandria's Gordie Rachel more than 50 years to bag his buck of a lifetime.

Rachel has been deer hunting since he was 16 years old and has shot plenty of big bucks through the years. This year though, at 72, he took one that trumps them all.

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