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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Bryton Meyer’s Dagger Buck

During his first years of bowhunting, Bryton Meyer let many deer walk. When he was 19, he killed his first buck with a bow. That deer was a mature mainframe 8-pointer with a split G2 and a split brow tine. “That buck definitely hooked me on bowhunting,” Meyer says. “It...


Ashley Noe’s Flyer 8 Buck

Ashley and Jake Noe of Indiana eat, sleep and breathe deer hunting, but Ashley didn't pick it up until later in life. “I started deer hunting about six years ago when Jake and I started dating in college,” she says. “I started the first year just sitting in the stand...


One Season, Two Giant Iowa Bow Bucks

During his 20 years of hunting, 33-year-old Brady Snyder has only taken six bucks with a bow. Like most bowhunters, he’s made plenty of mistakes. But once things clicked, he started stacking mature deer, and this past season was his best yet. Snyder pulled a coveted buck tag for the...


Boat-In Bowhunter Kills Public-Land Giant

Arkansas doesn’t jump to top of mind as a big-buck destination, but that didn’t stop bowhunter Preston Hall. Hunting public land, he killed a buck in the Natural State that would make a Midwesterner swoon. “I knew about this buck in 2018,” he says. “I started getting pictures of him...


Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


Ohio Buck Sports Quadruple Drop Tines

Eguie Machado knew a huge buck bedded in an area he hunted – and so did several other hunters. In fact, his good friends Dave Voisey and Ben Steiger found the buck’s sheds from 2018 on Steiger’s nearby farm. That year, the buck had a drop tine and this season,...


Christina Krajcsovics’s Giant Iowa Bow Kill

Christina Krajcsovics is the matriarch of a family of serious bowhunters. Along with her husband, RJ, and their kids, this crew hunts whatever is in season with a stick and string, from deer and turkeys to elk and black bears. For four years, Christina has applied for a coveted Iowa...


Hunter Swims Icy River for 200-inch Buck

In August of 2018, “Midwest Whitetail’s” Mike Reed got pictures of what appeared to be a 3½-year-old deer with world-class potential. It already pushed 160 inches. “We think we maybe had photos of him in 2017, too, but in 2018, this young-looking deer had points all over and we thought...


Leo Van Beck’s Public-Land Booner

The young buck in Leo Van Beck’s 2017 trail camera photo showed incredible potential. It was already a 140- to 145-inch 10-pointer as a 2- or 3-year-old. Van Beck, as well as his father, Marti, brothers, uncles and cousins all live and hunt near Sauk Centre, Minnesota, near where the...


David Holder’s One-Eyed Iowa Buck

When a bowhunter moves to Iowa, it’s usually because of the state’s giant whitetails. But Realtree pro staffer David Holder moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Winterset, Iowa, for another reason. “My wife, Karin, is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and her work instigated the move,” Holder says. “We...


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