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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Bowhunter Passes Great Buck and Kills the Giant One Year Later

“You have to pass on some really great deer to get a chance at a super deer,” Wesley Smith said. That quote pretty much described Wesley Smith’s two-year quest for this buck. He’d seen it, and passed it, last year as a main-frame 10-pointer that Smith estimated would score just...


Low Pressure Leads to Giant Small Property Archery Buck

Kody Shaw was excited for an entire week to hunt the rut on his family farm in Wisconsin. But little did he know his time in the woods would end quickly. Shaw lives about three hours away from his Wisconsin property and was excited to dive into the woods on...


Bowhunter Tags Giant Typical Whitetail in the Southeast

Deer hunting is about many different things. It’s about the meat. The memories. The camaraderie. The list goes on. But part of it is, for lack of a better term, the relationships we build with the whitetails we pursue. Sometimes, we’re blessed with an opportunity to hunt a specific deer...


Bowhunter Arrows Cattle-Pasture Booner from the Ground

Paul Powers of Oklahoma, a pro staffer of the faith-based outdoor show Final Descent Outdoors, prefers to leave the encumberments of treestands and ladder sticks out of the equation. His favorite way to bowhunt is to hike into an area where he thinks a buck will be, and then set...


Crossbow Hunter Grunts Boone and Crockett Buck Into Range

In 2016, Illinois’ Boden Lee Brandt learned that a big buck was roaming the 140-acre property he’s been hunting since he was 12 years old. The property, owned by a family relative, has a large field bordered by a block of “really good timber,” as Brandt put it. “I know...


Bowhunter Stalks World-Class Whitetail After Nearly Being Struck by Lightning

Creston Wolford and a friend, both of Missouri, got together to do some bowhunting earlier this fall. “He lives near Lake of the Ozarks, and he traveled to my place so that we could hunt a couple of nearby properties,” Wolford said. “The evening before our hunt, he mentioned that...


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...


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