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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An Extremely Wide Buck Falls in the South

Almost every deer hunt begins in the same manner. You put on your camo. You gather your gear. You walk to your treestand or ground blind. But the endings — and even the middle — are never the same. No two hunts are alike. There’s always something new happening and...


A 205-Inch Public Land Whitetail Buck

When you think of where booner bucks are harvested, midwestern states such as Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin come to mind. Mike Polinice, however, can argue that New York might just be the place to take down a giant deer. Here is how his opening-day hunt unfolded on a stunning, giant...


Muzzleloader Hunter Tags Big Non-Typical Whitetail

Kansas produces some of the nation’s largest whitetails, and that fact annually draws many nonresident hunters to the Sunflower State to hunt deer each year. Logan Tidwell, an operations manager for a large construction company in Texas, is one of them. He hunted Kansas for the first time in 2015...


A Giant Early Season Buck with a Muzzleloader

Blair Zaffke met outfitter George Cummins by chance while they were both on a Colorado mule deer hunt. Conversation between the two hunters revealed that Cummins ran Salt River Outfitters in Central Kentucky. They quickly made plans for Blair to book a December 2017 muzzleloader deer hunt with SRO. While...


An Early Season Canadian Giant

Wisconsin resident Michael Marta started his hunting career at the early age of 5. His grandfather, who hunted just about everything, shared his passion with Michael. After decades of hunting, Michael still loves to get after whitetails, even if it means taking a long trip to northern Alberta to kick...


Doe Hunt Turns Into Monster Non-Typical Surprise

First cousins Scott Vater and Kyle Biba have been hunting buddies ever since they can remember. Influenced by their late grandfather, Scott and Kyle have not slowed down their passion for hunting and the outdoors. Both Scott and Kyle have killed several great bucks on their shared property over the...


A Huge Freshly Shed Early Season Buck

Early season deer hunting is a special time. Deer aren’t as pressured. Bucks are still in strong summer bed-to-feed patterns. Big bachelor groups of bucks grace trail cameras. It’s a wonderful time, Mike Mayfield thought. That is, until the farmer mowed a strip through the thick cover where Mayfield had...


A Badger State Behemoth Whitetail Buck

Wisconsin has a nice mixture of timber for cover and agriculture for nutrition and antler genetics. Maybe it doesn’t have the same ring to it as Kansas or Iowa, but it annually holds its own at producing some of the country’s most impressive whitetail bucks. One such buck is the...


Bowhunter Kicks Off Archery Season with 200-Inch Velvet Buck

Kentucky bowhunter Morgan Embry set the bar high for Kentucky deer hunters on September 1 when he arrowed a 200-inch main-frame 12-pointer on opening morning of the 2018 archery season. The massive rack sported 27-inch main beams and an 18-inch inside spread. It has 12 or 13 inches of stickers...


A 4-Year Hunt for a Booner Buck

In most contexts, four years seems like a relatively short period of time. But, when it involves a particular whitetail buck, it can seem like forever. That was how long Kentucky bowhunter Eric Jolly had his eyes on the buck he killed this September. Jolly and two friends lease and...


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