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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Rattling Sequence Pulls in a Texas Monster with Coke Can Bases

Georgia-Kate McFerrin, daughter of Mike and Bonnie McFerrin, is a lifelong deer hunter. She was raised in the outdoors, and it’s a part of everyday life for this family. All of them contribute to " The Legends of the Fall " hunting show. “I’m 21 years old and have spent...


A 181 Kentucky 12-Pointer

Record book whitetails of any sort are rare, but top-end typicals eclipsing the 180 mark definitely turn heads. Last season, Realtree pro staffer Carl Drake had an opportunity to hunt such a buck. He first laid eyes on the deer in 2018, when it was a great-looking 3 1/2-year-old. Drake...


First Bow Buck is a 183-Incher

Florida native Kim Ellis grew up running hounds in the timbered expanse of Ocala National Forest. Her parents had her in the woods from the time she was 6 months old, and never looked back. By early childhood, she was an avid gun hunter and more recently, she's taken up...


Paslie Werth’s 42-Point Buck

There is a little cedar tree 25 yards from the blind where 14-year-old Paslie Werth and her dad, Kurt, were hunting during the September Kansas youth deer season. On the whole, the landscape is classic southwest Kansas: open country with pastures, cropland, and CRP fields. A cedar might stand out...


Jackie Bushman’s Monster Montana Buck

Most who have packed a rifle or bow into the deer woods have heard of Buckmasters and Jackie Bushman. The names are ingrained in the outdoor space, and Bushman has a strong legacy as an industry pioneer. Sure, he’s spent much of his airtime reflecting on the hunts of others,...


Claire Flood’s First Deer Is a 210-Inch Kentucky Monster

Claire Flood first started hunting with her dad two years ago at age 13. From the beginning, she was determined to take a mature buck as her first deer. Her first season she saw only does and small bucks in range. Last season, after-school activities and sports kept her busy,...


Father and Son Hunt Yields a 190-Class Buck and a Bonus Super 6

Sometimes it seems the good old days of just going hunting and lucking up on a giant whitetail buck are a thing of past. Most big deer tales these days talk about things like "history" and "multiple encounters." But just going hunting is exactly how Levi Watkins and his dad,...


Nick Mundt’s Biggest Buck Ever

Nick Mundt has been killing big deer for decades, but the coveted 200-inch mark has eluded him all these years. That is, until recently. The Bone Collector gang took their annual November trip to Hooray Ranch, one of the premier whitetail destinations in the Midwest. Mundt had his heart set...


Ohio Bowhunter Tags a 200-Incher

Hunting for a specific buck is a mentally and physically taxing task. But when it works out, it’s one of the most rewarding outcomes a deer hunter can ask for. That happened for Ohio bowhunter Corey Richmond in October with a 5 1/2-year-old buck that he's chased since 2019, when...


Story of a 300-Pound, Triple Drop-Tine Buck

Most deer hunters don’t like hunting during hot weather. But when you have a deer moving in daylight, you have to hunt him, and that’s what Realtree United Country Land Pro Slade Priest did this past October. Priest has been hunting this part of south-central Kansas for 13 years and...


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