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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North Dakota Bow-Killed Beast from the Ground

It’s been one decade since North Dakota has been featured in a Rack Report. Realtree pro staffer Ralph Cianciarulo took an impressive whitetail there in 2010. And while North Dakota is no slouch for producing good quality bucks, it doesn’t produce the real giants with the same frequency as Iowa,...


An Arkansas Public Land Monster Buck

For years, Chance Crews of Arkansas, along with his father, Rickey, and brother, Chase, had leased property for deer hunting. About five years ago, though, that all changed when they made the call to start hunting on public land instead. “The property we previously leased was heavily logged and there...


Southern Stud: Story of a Monster Georgia Buck

Georgia bowhunter Aaron Harrison says his entire life led up to an afternoon in late September, when this stud of a Peach State buck walked into bow range of his stand. Harrison has been a hunter since he could walk. He killed his first deer at age 6, and he’s...


Bowhunter Shoots the Same Maryland Monster Buck in 2019 and 2020

Imagine the heartache of putting an arrow into your target buck, then realizing your hit was nonlethal . Most bowhunters can probably relate to that gut-wrenching feeling. John Earhart III of Maryland knows just what it’s like, because it unfortunately happened to him in fall 2019. Earhart grew up on...


A Velvet Booner in October?

Rarely do deer hunters see fuzzy racks in October, let alone in Iowa. But Midwest Whitetail’s Josh Sparks experienced just that this season, and then some. He calls it the high point of his hunting career, and it’s been a journey getting there. A lifelong hunter, Sparks picked up archery...


Crazy Mass on a Kansas Monster Buck

For being fairly new to bowhunting, Kansas’ Korbin Jones has had quite the stroke of luck. He took his first deer with a bow last fall — a buck that grossed 150 inches. And even though that buck set the bar high, he bested it when the buck of many...


The Pimple Hill Buck

Bone Collector co-host Travis “T-Bone” Turner has killed big deer in many places, but none have a better name than “The Pimple,” the spot where Bone took his first Georgia buck of the 2020 deer season. This year, The Pimple be poppin.’ The hill is on the farm beside Turner’s...


A Giant Bow Buck on 12 Acres

Year after year, I interview successful hunters for Realtree’s Rack Report who prove that giant bucks can come from tiny properties. Trenton Linderer’s monster Missouri buck, taken this October on a 12-acre tract, is one great example. The Linderer family belongs to a co-op on 412 acres, and while that...


A Giant Crossbow Buck Named 13

Rick Chambers’ wife passed away on Aug. 20, 2020. She fought the cancer like a warrior, but it proved too steep a mountain. The aftermath of her battle devastated the Chambers family and even brought Rick to the brink of quitting hunting. But her inspiration, plus the help of his...


Hannah Barron’s Biggest Buck Yet

Alabama native Hannah Barron might be best known for her catfish noodling exploits, but she's a deer hunter, too. This season, Barron traveled north to Kentucky to try her hand at killing a big, early-season velvet buck. Her destination was Whitetail Heaven Outfitters, which operates on 40,000 acres in Kentucky,...


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