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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Youth Duo Teams up to Drop 175-Inch Wisconsin Giant off 3-Acre Suburban Parcel

Jacob Bowman and Ryan Curran developed a friendship soon after meeting at a summer job in Summer 2021. It didn’t take long for them to discover their mutual passion of hunting, fishing and all things outdoors. They even realized their mothers were college roommates and stood up in each other’s...


Monster Bluegrass Buck with Crazy Mass

Josh Harlow wasn’t surprised to see the big buck on his trail camera. The deer had been a regular on his trail cameras for the past three years, showing up about turkey season and staying until mid-August. Like clockwork, the buck would then disappear just before deer season, never to...


A Big NoDak Buck with a 10-Year-Old Bow

North Dakota is home to a lot of Pope & Young whitetails. It’s a land rich with bowhunting opportunity that few hunters capitalize on, but Andrew Dusek does. This season, he arrowed a great early season buck. He grew up hunting with family and friends, including one he called his...


Waterhole Sit on 90-Degree Day Yields Super Wide Buck

Heath Rayfield, co-host of The Woodsman, has long been a serious whitetail hunter. He, along with Cody Nickels of Double Nickel Outfitters, watched a massive whitetail this summer. They didn’t have any history with the deer from previous seasons. Still, watching this deer blossom into a huge deer was something...


The Sleep-Deprivation Buck

Kelsey Rutledge had a choice: come home from her night job and get some much needed rest, or go hunting. Like many passionate hunters, she chose the latter. For days, Kelsey had been leaving work each morning at 6:30, heading straight to the stand where she sat until midday, and...


Retired Cop Bags 175-Inch Velvet Buck

Rocco Besednjak is a retired police officer, and because of spinal injuries suffered while on duty, he commonly hunts with a crossbow. He obtained a medical permit that lets him use it concurrent with the compound bow season, which lets him enjoy more time in the woods. He’s hunted since...


North Carolina Bowhunter Bags Crazy Club Buck on Opening Day

North Carolina isn’t a state that’s exactly known for producing big deer, but bowhunter Michael Herron regularly kills bucks that would turn heads in any state, including a few that score over 160 inches. “I’m single. No kids. Bowhunting is what I do with just about all of my free...


The Sleepover Buck

Kyle Culbreth had a problem. Sure, he had a great buck showing up on his family farm on a regular schedule, but he didn’t know how he was going to get a shot at him. Culbreth had been watching the buck for more than a year. The previous season, he...


Kyle Olson’s North Dakota Opening Day Buck

Kyle Olson knew the buck he was looking at on his trail camera. He had several photos of him from the previous year. “The first thing I thought is that he really blew up this year. I bet he put on 40 inches of antler,” Olson said. The buck was...


Flip of a Coin Pays off with Mega Opening Day 8-Pointer

As a taxidermist, Kenneth Martin recognizes a big buck when he sees one. When he and his cousin Eli first checked their trail cameras on a new piece of property acquired just two months before the start of archery season, they knew immediately that the giant-framed 8-point was a buck...


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