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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Brook Current’s Monster Iowa Archery Buck

It’s not often a hunter has the opportunity to chase a Boone & Crockett typical. That’s exactly what happened to Brook Current this season, though … and then some. But it was a long journey getting there. “I grew up the youngest of four boys,” Current said. “As a young...


Is This the Largest Buck of the 2019 Deer Season?

Every deer hunter has different goals and standards in terms of the bucks they choose to shoot. But I think we can all agree that, when a 260-inch deer steps within range, it gets shot at. Every time. Apparently, Jacob Darbyshire agrees. He recently tagged one of the largest non-typical...


Jimmy Tapp’s Monster Non-Typical Kentucky Buck

Jimmy Tapp always dreamt of owning land and hunting giant whitetails like the ones found on Realtree’s Monster Bucks. As the 2019 Kentucky deer season drew near, Tapp and his wife Scarlett finally made it a reality. In September, they found exactly what they were looking for. While waiting for...


Guner Womack’s Huge 16-point Oklahoma Typical

Guner Womack is your model college guy. He goes to class, hits the books, and climbs into trees. But he started doing more hunting and less studying when a giant typical whitetail showed back up in 2019. But while they had this deer on camera for three years, they’d never...


John Doan’s Giant Kentucky Crossbow Buck

Kentuckian John Doan was worried. He’d blanketed his farm with cameras since July, but the giant he’d watched the previous season had yet to return. Doan’s history with the buck started with a phone call in 2017. He was in the stand one evening when his wife called to ask...


A Second Chance Kansas Buck

It’s not often that you wound a buck and then get a second chance at him. But that’s exactly what happened to Realtree employee Cragg Fitz during a recent trip to Kansas. Along with several friends, Fitz traveled to southwestern Kansas to hunt with a local guy they’ve shared camp...


A Missouri Monster with 3 Beams

Frank Ellis had heard about a huge, tall-racked buck near his home. He decided to investigate the gossip he heard early this summer. After a few weeks of dedicated scouting, he finally spotted the deer everyone was talking about. The buck was easy to distinguish, too: he had three main...


Mason Bennett’s Giant Youth Weekend Buck

Anthony Bennett knew he was looking at a trail-camera photo of the biggest buck he’d ever seen on the family farm. It was September, early bow season, and the giant deer had shown up seemingly out of nowhere. But there was a problem. Judging from numerous trail-camera photos, the deer...


Matt Weaver’s Buckeye Beast

Being face-to-face with a 180-inch deer will wreck your resolve. But Ohio bowhunter Matt Weaver recently closed the chapter on a buck he’d been following for two seasons. In 2018, Weaver received photos of a 15-point buck that a neighboring landowner had killed a couple weeks after the opener. The...


Bill Winke’s 180-Inch Surprise Buck

This story begins on a frosty morning in the fall of 2018. Midwest Whitetail’s Bill Winke had climbed out of his stand at the end of a morning hunt, and he decided to ease over to another area of the farm to check out a standing beanfield. He spotted a...


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