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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12-Year-Old Nails 211-Inch Buck

Just about every deer hunter has a goal. Some hunt strictly for meat. Some want to take their first buck. Others want to shoot mature deer only. And the minds of others feast on thoughts of taking a monster buck that breaks the 200-inch mark. The latter was young Westin...


Katie Van Slyke’s Freaky Tennessee Buck

Katie Van Slyke is no stranger to bowhunting, and she spends a good portion of the year working alongside her husband, Jonathan, to prep for deer season on the family farm. This year, all of the hard work led to her first velvet buck, and one with a rack crazy...


Stuck at Full Draw on 184-Inch Velvet Monster

Brandon Williams knew he was looking at a special deer on his trail-camera photos. The buck looked young, probably 3 1/2 years old, and was already pushing 150 inches of antler. Williams made the decision to pass on the buck if it came by in hopes that it would blow...


Giant Kentucky Velvet Buck with a Longbow

Joe Lacefield knows wildlife, including whitetail deer, about as well as anyone on the planet. The longtime private-lands biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife grew up hunting and fishing along the Kentucky River basin. He paid his way through college by running a trapline. After spending all...


A Velvet Bow Kill from the Ground

Jeffrey Stamper has something of a love-hate relationship with trail cameras and a particular buck. Just before the season last year, the Fleming County, Kentucky, hunter had photos of a good buck, one he estimated would go 130 or higher, at his hunting spot. The deer was a regular during...


174-Inch Iowa Typical with a 300-Yard Muzzleloader Shot

Keith Burgess had been practicing with his new muzzleloader. The co-host of Small Town Hunting planned to take the gun, a .45-caliber CVA Paramount, to Iowa and hopefully tag a big buck during the late season. “I shot the muzzleloader out to 380 yards just to get comfortable with it...


21 Sits and 10,000 Miles for a Kansas Monster

Eric Hale grew up hunting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He watched a lot of hunting videos, including from the likes of Bill Jordan and David Blanton. “I began chasing mature bucks in my mid 20s and took my first mature [one] on public ground,” Hale says. “It...


A 26-Point Buck with a Lever-Action Rifle

Doug Hampton, a member of The Rival team, has had a grudge match with one particular buck for the last three years. And that deer recently came to be known as Full Curl. Hampton hunts with friends Jeremy Ward and Scott Sebolt of Fat Racks Outfitters, where he had multiple...


Sleeping in the Blind for a Drop-Tined Hoss

Phillip Vanderpool, co-host of The Virtue, is well-known as a big-buck expert. He's tagged some genuine dandies over the years and last season, he added yet another stud of a buck to the wall. The story behind this deer is even more impressive than the antlers, too. Vanderpool has subleased...


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...


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