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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Mark Heck’s Minnesota Ghost Buck

Mark Heck has spent a lot of time in the timber. As a member of “ The Given Right ” hunting show, he’s been lucky to experience a lot of big-buck moments. He killed two Booners during the 2019-20 deer season. Obviously, he killed this 202-inch Minnesota monster, but he...


Travis Mlodik’s 185-inch Wisconsin Giant

Wisconsin is known for having a substantial population of hunters, but it gets the nod for big bucks, too. Many of the Badger State’s top-end deer come from areas where landowners manage habitat and the hunting cooperatively. Travis Mlodik hunts a 200-acre farm nestled in one such area. In early...


70 Sits for a Drop-Tine Monster

When it comes to hunting pressure, many deer hunters believe quality of sits increases odds more than the quantity of outings. But Mark Heck of “The Given Right” sat 70 times last season before he killed the giant 5½-year-old Iowa buck he called DT (short for droptine). He also spent...


11-Year-Old Girl’s Bruiser Bow Kill

Aleah Wozniak is an energetic, goal-oriented 11-year-old from Ohio. She plays basketball and cheerleads, but she’s a hunter at heart. “Hunting is my passion. It’s who I am,” Aleah says. “I love the time I get to spend in the woods with my dad, not just during hunting season, but...


A Third-Chance Wisconsin Monster

Wisconsin hunter Kyle Maahs wasn’t sure what to think when he first captured trail camera photos of a Wisconsin hill-country giant in December 2018. Maybe the buck was passing through, or maybe the deer lived on the property. He began the summer of 2019 with high hopes of photographing the...


Bryton Meyer’s Dagger Buck

During his first years of bowhunting, Bryton Meyer let many deer walk. When he was 19, he killed his first buck with a bow. That deer was a mature mainframe 8-pointer with a split G2 and a split brow tine. “That buck definitely hooked me on bowhunting,” Meyer says. “It...


Ashley Noe’s Flyer 8 Buck

Ashley and Jake Noe of Indiana eat, sleep and breathe deer hunting, but Ashley didn't pick it up until later in life. “I started deer hunting about six years ago when Jake and I started dating in college,” she says. “I started the first year just sitting in the stand...


One Season, Two Giant Iowa Bow Bucks

During his 20 years of hunting, 33-year-old Brady Snyder has only taken six bucks with a bow. Like most bowhunters, he’s made plenty of mistakes. But once things clicked, he started stacking mature deer, and this past season was his best yet. Snyder pulled a coveted buck tag for the...


Boat-In Bowhunter Kills Public-Land Giant

Arkansas doesn’t jump to top of mind as a big-buck destination, but that didn’t stop bowhunter Preston Hall. Hunting public land, he killed a buck in the Natural State that would make a Midwesterner swoon. “I knew about this buck in 2018,” he says. “I started getting pictures of him...


Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


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