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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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...


Geronimo: Cody Tucker’s Giant Illinois Crossbow Buck

For Cody Tucker, shooting a world-class whitetail has been his dream since his father introduced him to hunting at a young age. Now 30 years old, Tucker captured that dream on a bean field during an October cold front. The story began on July 8. “That was the day I...


13-Year-Old Ethan Hurlburt’s Wisconsin Booner

Thirteen-year-old Wisconsinite Ethan Hurlburt had no idea what was about to happen when he climbed into his treestand on opening night. It was finally archery season, and he was on his family’s property in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. Conditions were favorable. His father, Kent, was tucked in the same tree, and...


The Lucky Horse Fly Buck

Justin Hogan is a hard-working deer hunter. He has 11 Pope & Young-class bucks to his name, and he was looking forward to the beginning of another good season in Kentucky. He had several good deer on camera, but one buck in particular really caught his eye. While most of...


Is This the New North Carolina Record Bow Kill?

Tory Pegg killed a 151-inch buck last season. That’s a good deer by anyone’s standard, but the younger buck traveling with Pegg’s 2018 deer really got the hunter’s attention. The buck already had an impressive rack, but Pegg judged him to be just 2 ½ years old. He decided to...


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