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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Deer Hunter Tags Double-Beam Buck with a Bow

In January 2015 while walking a Kansas property to determine if it was worth leasing for deer hunting, Scott Burton and a couple of friends neared the middle of the 500-acre property in question when one in the group took off running while shouting, “It’s mine! It’s mine! It’s mine!”...


Girl Kills 210-Inch Deer for Her First Buck

Most hunters take a 1½-year-old buck — perhaps a spike, fork or six-pointer — for their first antlered deer. But, that’s not always the case, as 15-year-old Ella Sander of Steuben, Wisconsin, proved on opening day of her home state’s 2017 firearm season. Sander was born and raised a hunter...


Deer Hunter Kills Huge Eastern Typical Buck

Russell Haynie is a serious deer hunter, as serious as they come in fact. “I hunt every day of the deer season,” he said. And he has a lot of land to hunt. Between land his family owns, and land leased by his group of family and friends, their total...


Bowhunter Tags a Big Bizarre Booner

Arkansas’ Barry Greenhaw helps friend Cody Rolph manage his 5,000 acres in southeastern Kansas for trophy whitetails. Between drought and EHD, the farm struggled to produce quality shooter bucks for several seasons, including 2014 when Greenhaw and Rolph finally spotted a giant buck while scouting a soybean field one summer...


Bowhunter Kills Late-Season 200-Inch Whitetail

David Wozniak is no stranger to hunting mature whitetails. Hailing from the Buckeye State — arguably the best big buck hub in the Midwest — he has killed nearly 25 Pope & Young candidates since he first grabbed a bow at age 13. Just as impressive, three of those were...


Deer Hunter Kills Velvet Buck in December

Bud Bischoff loves to run trail cameras all year long. He enjoys seeing photos of turkeys and bobcats around his Indiana hunting area in the spring. And he likes to watch the bucks grow throughout the summer. As he flipped through his photos in mid-April, Bischoff was seeing his usual...


Bowhunter Kills 230-Inch Barbwire Buck

Adam Cartright has known about this monster buck for two years. The problem — so have a lot of other people in this part of south central Illinois. “The buck was well-known in this county,” Cartright said. “People were driving around in the evenings hoping to get a look at...


Bowhunter Kills Double Drop Tine Booner Buck

Dwayne Hershberger wasn’t that concerned when the big buck he’d been watching for years didn’t show up during the early season. After all, it had been October before it showed on the farm the past two years. This year, he planned around the buck’s early absence with a trip out...


Crossbow Hunter Arrows Nasty Non-Typical Deer

Andy Hudson’s neighbors were excited. All summer, they watched a big non-typical buck graze in their soybeans. They shared the trail-camera photos with Hudson. As summer faded to fall, the beans began to dry up and lose their appeal to the large buck. Hudson ran trail cameras in the weeks...


Bowhunter Kills Fourth Booner Buck in Five Years

Central Minnesota resident David Wienhold is no stranger to big deer. Prior to the 2017 season, this 28-year-old bowhunter arrowed three Booner bucks in the past five years on the 500-acre family farm he enjoys hunting. Of those three Booners, the largest stretched the tape to 175-plus inches. But when...


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