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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Iowa Muzzleloader Buck has "Ground Growage"

Iowa has long been one of the most coveted nonresident deer hunting destinations. For most, it takes three to four years to draw a bow tag. That’s not the case for late-season muzzleloader tags, though. Forget long waits between Iowa trips. “It’s one of my favorite hunts, and you can...


Cody Kelley's Mississippi Stud

While 2020 does not evoke fond memories for many of us, it was the year of big deer for Small Town Hunting co-host Cody Kelley. He tagged several brutes, including this giant Mississippi whitetail. It all unfolded at the Backwoods Attraction testing grounds in Yazoo County. Kelley and several others...


Oklahoma Monster Has Triple Main Beams

All Things Hunting co-host and Realtree pro staffer Kyle Barefield has been deer hunting his entire life. But last season, all his hours spent afield led up to his best buck ever — a giant, 5 1/2-year-old Oklahoma non-typical. The story started in 2019, on a large tract of land...


Rattling Sequence Pulls in a Texas Monster with Coke Can Bases

Georgia-Kate McFerrin, daughter of Mike and Bonnie McFerrin, is a lifelong deer hunter. She was raised in the outdoors, and it’s a part of everyday life for this family. All of them contribute to " The Legends of the Fall " hunting show. “I’m 21 years old and have spent...


A 181 Kentucky 12-Pointer

Record book whitetails of any sort are rare, but top-end typicals eclipsing the 180 mark definitely turn heads. Last season, Realtree pro staffer Carl Drake had an opportunity to hunt such a buck. He first laid eyes on the deer in 2018, when it was a great-looking 3 1/2-year-old. Drake...


First Bow Buck is a 183-Incher

Florida native Kim Ellis grew up running hounds in the timbered expanse of Ocala National Forest. Her parents had her in the woods from the time she was 6 months old, and never looked back. By early childhood, she was an avid gun hunter and more recently, she's taken up...


Paslie Werth’s 42-Point Buck

There is a little cedar tree 25 yards from the blind where 14-year-old Paslie Werth and her dad, Kurt, were hunting during the September Kansas youth deer season. On the whole, the landscape is classic southwest Kansas: open country with pastures, cropland, and CRP fields. A cedar might stand out...


Jackie Bushman’s Monster Montana Buck

Most who have packed a rifle or bow into the deer woods have heard of Buckmasters and Jackie Bushman. The names are ingrained in the outdoor space, and Bushman has a strong legacy as an industry pioneer. Sure, he’s spent much of his airtime reflecting on the hunts of others,...


Claire Flood’s First Deer Is a 210-Inch Kentucky Monster

Claire Flood first started hunting with her dad two years ago at age 13. From the beginning, she was determined to take a mature buck as her first deer. Her first season she saw only does and small bucks in range. Last season, after-school activities and sports kept her busy,...


Father and Son Hunt Yields a 190-Class Buck and a Bonus Super 6

Sometimes it seems the good old days of just going hunting and lucking up on a giant whitetail buck are a thing of past. Most big deer tales these days talk about things like "history" and "multiple encounters." But just going hunting is exactly how Levi Watkins and his dad,...


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