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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Three Years of Hunting Leads to a 200-Inch Buck

This story starts back in 2015, when Daryk picked up a new lease in the southeast part of Ohio. It wasn’t long before trail camera photos of a nice 140-inch buck with great potential were starting to accumulate. This buck was given the pass countless times by Daryk. Interesting as...


A Coin Flip Leads to a Booner White-Tailed Buck

Did you ever flip a coin to determine who hunts where? Hiram Cutter and another client who were both hunting at Brushy Fork Outfitters (BFO) in Ohio did this October. Cutter resides in New Hampshire and was eagerly traveling to Ohio to hunt with outfitter Bryan Dawes of BFO when...


A Guest on a Lease Kills 200-Inch Buck

Having good friends in life is important. As an outdoorsman, having good friends that lease 2,000 acres of prime southern Illinois deer hunting property is, well, you fill in the blanks. As hunters, we know Illinois records plenty of trophy bucks taken each year. And when Mike Novak received the...


The Hunt for an October Velvet Buck

Have you ever encountered a unique buck that got into your head and it became all you could think about? Well, Stan Ethredge, of Carthage, Mississippi, encountered just such a buck, but it didn’t start out that way. Ethredge first spotted the nice 6-point buck on his game camera in...


A Near 200-Inch Bruiser with a Crossbow

After nearly 10 years, Alex Bowling was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen again. At age 15 he killed his first whitetail buck in his home state of Kentucky, and although he had killed numerous does since then, the right buck just hadn’t walked into bow...


A Big Booner Buck from Kansas

Paul Sawyer of Whitetail Properties was recently hunting some rolling Kansas terrain when he laid eyes on a giant midwestern whitetail. This buck had its own route to and from bedding. It never used the landscape like the rest of the deer. “We spent a lot of time scouting,” Sawyer...


A Second Chance and a 222-Inch Giant

Evan Theis admits that he wouldn’t have known about this buck if it hadn’t been for a neighbor. About a month before season, Evan got word that a massive buck had been seen near his hunting spot. “I was a little lazy getting cameras out this year,” Theis said. “I...


A Massive Tight Racked Monster with a Bow

Every year, there are those hunters who tag out within the first few days of the season opener. Social media sites fill up with majestic images of mature bucks. Most of this early season success can be contributed to one pre-season step — patterning deer. Bucks that are still in...


A Giant Droptine Buck with a Muzzleloader

Deer hunting is a combination of skill and fortune. You need to know how to deer hunt in order to consistently kill big ones. However, it also takes a little bit of good fortune, too. Some say luck is random. Others argue you create your own luck. I tend to...


A Giant Early Season Buck with a .45-Caliber Muzzleloader

Todd Bigbee is a land specialist with Whitetail Properties . And this is a story of a buck with a lot of history. In fact, Bigbee watched this deer for the last three years, and finally dropped the hammer on this stud during Kansas’ early muzzleloader season in September. The...


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