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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Rancher Stalks Monster Buck in a Cattle Working Pen

Jake Murdaugh is a rancher who spends much of his time living the agricultural lifestyle. His late grandfather started JJ Ranch in 1961, but passed in 2009, and it’s been worked by the family ever since. “I have been hunting all my life,” Murdaugh said. “My dad started taking me...


Two Booner Bucks in One Week

Mike Reed, co-host of Midwest Whitetail , had an incredible 2021 deer season. On Nov. 10, he connected on a 184 5/8-inch buck he nicknamed “Chubbs.” Then, a week later, he arrowed a massive 170-inch deer he and his hunting buddy and fellow co-host, Jared Mills, called “Dak.” But the...


A Double Drop-Tine Buck With the .350 Legend

Shooting a world-class, free-ranging buck is seldom easy. That’s why the most serious deer hunters pour hours of labor into preparing before the season opens, and then hunt hard when the magic days arrive. The pinnacle of all the effort is when the work yields a shot opportunity at a...


Willie Robertson Shoots Giant Arkansas Swamp Buck

Willie Robertson is most famous for Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander . He and his family are good at growing beards and smacking ducks. But a few of them are good at killing big bucks, too, especially Willie, who spends much of his time working with the Buck Commander deer...


29 Days of Hunting for a Monster Buck Named Chubbs

Mike Reed, co-host of Midwest Whitetail, grew up hunting in the swamps of Louisiana. He was pursuing public-land whitetails with a rifle at the age of 10, and with a bow by age 16. In his early 20s, he began making trips to the Midwest to chase public bucks there,...


MaKenna McFerrin's 200-Inch Mesquite Monster

The McFerrin family, who host the Legends of the Fall hunting show, has been knocking down monster bucks for decades. They’re no strangers to putting deer meat in the freezer and huge whitetails on the wall. It seems MaKenna McFerrin is no different from the rest of the crew. “Hunting...


Three-Year Chess Match with Wisconsin Buck Ends at The Mudhole Stand

Elliott Smith had one goal for his 2021 deer season — target a specific deer and kill it with his bow. That's never an easy task. It requires skill and discipline to pass on other bucks, and plenty of good fortune, too. Smith had his heart set on a 5...


3 Trail Camera Photos in 2020 Cue Illinois Hunter Onto Monster Buck in '21

Three trail-camera photos during the 2020 deer season were all Neal Cannon had to cue him into the whereabouts of a monster Illinois buck. No sightings. No long history. Just three photos of a traveler buck to keep him wondering if the deer would ever call his place home. In...


Hunting a Giant Buck in an Oklahoma Thicket

Kyle Barefield of All Things Hunting is a dedicated deer hunter. He knocks down big ones practically every year, and this season was no different. He targeted a 6 ½-year-old monster that he had on camera, and it ended up playing out in his favor. “We don’t see bucks in...


Bowhunter Rattles In 180-Inch Buck Four Days Ahead of Shoulder Surgery

Wisconsin bowhunter Mitch DeMoss was tight on time. He had a shoulder surgery scheduled for November 5, but the forecast in the days ahead of that was shaping up nicely for deer hunting. DeMoss noticed it was calling for a chance of snow on Monday, Nov. 1. Fierce winds and...


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