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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A Father, a Son, and a First Coues Deer

There’s nothing quite like a first deer. For 13-year-old Zachary Brown, and his father, Nathan, that memory was cemented on a hot day last fall with a solid Coues whitetail buck. Arizona residents Nathan and Zachary enjoy being outside together, and they’ve always been fans of Realtree Outdoors. They proudly...


Jaylee Danker’s 200-Inch Monster Muley

It isn’t all that common for someone to kill a 200-inch mule deer, let alone for a young hunter to do so. But Jaylee Danker, the 16-year-old daughter of “BuckVentures” co-host Jeff Danker, can say she has. One of Jeff’s friends invited them to come out and hunt in eastern...


Brock Creel’s Alabama 180

Brock Creel was never a diehard deer hunter. He’d hunted whitetails from time to time over the last 12 years, but mostly, he favored duck hunting. That all changed when a near-180-inch Alabama buck showed up on camera last season. “We’ve had permission to hunt the property for five years...


Drake Lamb’s Iowa Muzzleloader Monster

Like most hunters, Drake Lamb didn’t start out killing Booners. No one in his family really hunted, and he didn’t go on his first deer hunt until friends took him when he was 14. He’s been hooked ever since. Today, Lamb is an experienced deer hunter, but he spends most...


Brian Butcher’s Crazy Kansas Monster

Last fall, Brian Butcher shot a crazy-looking buck that is now the fourth largest deer in the record books, and the second-biggest hunter-taken buck behind Luke Brewster’s Illinois stud. It’s also the new Kansas state record non-typical whitetail. But what’s the story? Butcher started bowhunting about 13 years ago. He...


Mark Heck’s Minnesota Ghost Buck

Mark Heck has spent a lot of time in the timber. As a member of “ The Given Right ” hunting show, he’s been lucky to experience a lot of big-buck moments. He killed two Booners during the 2019-20 deer season. Obviously, he killed this 202-inch Minnesota monster, but he...


Travis Mlodik’s 185-inch Wisconsin Giant

Wisconsin is known for having a substantial population of hunters, but it gets the nod for big bucks, too. Many of the Badger State’s top-end deer come from areas where landowners manage habitat and the hunting cooperatively. Travis Mlodik hunts a 200-acre farm nestled in one such area. In early...


70 Sits for a Drop-Tine Monster

When it comes to hunting pressure, many deer hunters believe quality of sits increases odds more than the quantity of outings. But Mark Heck of “The Given Right” sat 70 times last season before he killed the giant 5½-year-old Iowa buck he called DT (short for droptine). He also spent...


11-Year-Old Girl’s Bruiser Bow Kill

Aleah Wozniak is an energetic, goal-oriented 11-year-old from Ohio. She plays basketball and cheerleads, but she’s a hunter at heart. “Hunting is my passion. It’s who I am,” Aleah says. “I love the time I get to spend in the woods with my dad, not just during hunting season, but...


A Third-Chance Wisconsin Monster

Wisconsin hunter Kyle Maahs wasn’t sure what to think when he first captured trail camera photos of a Wisconsin hill-country giant in December 2018. Maybe the buck was passing through, or maybe the deer lived on the property. He began the summer of 2019 with high hopes of photographing the...


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