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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Shotgun Hunter Takes Giant Non-Typical Buck in the Northeast

Sussex County, Delaware, is generally not at the top of any seasoned whitetail hunter’s list when it comes to monster bucks. In fact, with only 28 Booners to The First State's credit in the Boone & Crockett record book, I doubt that it would even make most hunters’ top 10...


Hunter Tags One of the Largest Typical Deer Taken by a Woman

For most deer hunters, it isn’t every day you get to chase a mature buck. And it’s even more rare to have the opportunity to chase a net Booner. This one, aged at 4 ½ years old, was destined for Brita Turbyfill’s life. A long history and a tough 2018...


Woman Rattles in Giant Main-Frame 8-Pointer from 400 Yards

Three years. That’s how long Taylor Byers and husband Caleb of Midwest Whitetail had known about the buck she arrowed this November. However, the buck wasn’t exactly a trail-camera star. “We had no pictures of him this year,” Byers said, “and we really didn’t expect to encounter him.” On the...


Heavy Flooding Produces a Black Friday Booner

Mason Engel would be the first to tell you that it had been a season of disappointments when he climbed into his treestand on Black Friday morning. A Sunflower State native, this was his 30th hunt of the season on his Kansas lease and he had yet to see the...


Deer Hunter Kills Booner on 20-Acre Property

When Nathan Wells’ brother-in-law purchased a small piece of property in Clinton County, Ohio, a few months ago, deer hunting wasn’t the first thing to pop into the hunter’s mind. After all, it wasn’t very large, less than 20 acres, and it wasn’t in an area particularly known for deer...


Bowhunter Shoots His Largest Buck During Shotgun Season

In the deer world, Illinois is synonymous with giants. It naturally produces some of the nation’s most impressive bucks. In a large part, this is due to its geographic location. It borders Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin — all states with great nutrition and solid antler genetics. Additionally, only...


Bowhunter Arrows Giant Buck on Very Pressured Property

It’s easy to believe that only the best-managed properties can capably produce a 200-inch buck. Naturally, the odds do increase when bucks are allowed to reach a higher age class, and where nutrition and antler genetics are premium. But, even a pressured small property can produce a mammoth whitetail like...


Family Deer Drive Produces Giant Buck Harvest

Practicing Quality Deer Management (QDM) isn’t a guarantee that you will see a trophy deer during the hunting season. As a hunter, passing younger bucks isn’t tough to do when you know you have decent age-class bucks calling your property home. When Wisconsin resident Justin Matott went out hunting on...


Woman Arrows Huge One-Eared Non-Typical Buck

It started out pretty simple for Rachelle Hedrick, actually. “Once Josh and I found out we drew tags, we drove out to Iowa at the end of July to scout a 700-acre property we were leasing from Paul Fountain,” Hedrick said. “We set up treestands and put out cameras. We...


Bowhunter Passes Great Buck and Kills the Giant One Year Later

“You have to pass on some really great deer to get a chance at a super deer,” Wesley Smith said. That quote pretty much described Wesley Smith’s two-year quest for this buck. He’d seen it, and passed it, last year as a main-frame 10-pointer that Smith estimated would score just...


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