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Rack Reports

Looking for the inside scoop on a rumored record whitetail? Just how big was that buck your favorite pro-staffer killed last week? Did you shoot a big buck yourself, and want to share the story? Then you've come to the right place: Welcome to the Rack Report.

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Huntress Kills Booner in the North

According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), in 2001, there were 1.8 million woman hunters . Fast forward to 2013 and that number increased 85 percent to 3.3 million. That number continues to grow. With that, meet Nicole Stroobants, who loves to hunt deer on her family farm. Nicole started...


Hunter Kills Giant Public Land Deer in the Southeast

You never forget your first deer. For Eric Stone, it was a small 6-pointer he killed on a youth hunt at Coosawattee WMA. He was 9 years old. The area became so special to him that he continued to apply for the hunt there every year. Last year, on December...


A Last-Minute Monster Buck

Matt Walton was given permission to hunt private land in Ohio earlier this year. Walton nailed two does early in the season – his family thrives on venison – then held out for a mature buck, passing multiple deer he admittedly would’ve taken in the past. Unfortunately, Walton didn’t know...


Hunter Kills Giant Northeastern Deer

When a giant whitetail inhabits a given neighborhood, a local eventually spots him or captures a trail-cam image of it, then begins spreading rumors. That’s how New York hunter Jeffrey DeBadts first learned of the buck he harvested on November 19 this past fall. A buddy showed DeBadts a grainy...


A Public Land Surprise in the South

Killing a 170-inch buck in Georgia is certainly a feat worthy of recognition. But to do so on high-pressured national-forest land is nothing short of extraordinary. That’s exactly what Dekalb County Fire and Rescue Captain Jeff Goins did this past Veteran’s Day. Goins had spent all of his two-week hunting...


A Giant Typical Booner Whitetail with a Bow

Growing up in rural West Virginia , 20-year-old Josh Mullins is no stranger to the outdoors . In fact, if you don’t know your way around a rod and reel, have a gun rack in the back window of your pickup truck and own an assortment of Realtree camo that...


A 200-Inch January Giant

The late season is a very difficult time to hunt whitetails. Sometimes whitetails are predictable. At other times they’re not. You win some and you lose some. In this case, Joe Gizdic of Whitetail Properties won. He won big. In fact, he scored almost 200 inches of Illinois antler just...


A Big Late-Season Homebody Buck Falls

We've all had that buck that seems to hang around all the time. They’re always frequenting trail cameras and stand locations. Ultimately, they live very close by and spend most of their time in that area. Grant Olson of Whitetail Properties found himself hunting such a buck this season. “This...


Booner Buck: Deer Drive Produces Possible New State Record

Josh Kraus’s Ohio season had been an active one. Between the archery season and the state’s early firearms season, he had seen and passed on several bucks, including some pretty nice ones that most hunters would be happy to take. The reason for Josh’s selective attitude came in the form...


A Post-Rut Monster Buck

Bowhunter Blaine Lotz first learned of a world-class buck roaming his property on July 8, 2016. “His rack wasn’t fully developed, but he definitely stood out,” Lotz said. “My trail cameras captured thousands of images of another shooter non-typical buck and him together.” Trail-camera images of the giant subsided on...


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