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40-Acre Farm Yields a Monster Typical Buck

Own the Season’s Art Helin is a veteran bowhunter who knows whitetails. Good woodsmanship is in his blood. This season, it came as no surprise when he came face-to-face with a monster 7-year-old Wisconsin buck on his own 40-acre property. Helin has owned the place for 27 years, and it...


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Oak Tree ID Guide: The Different Acorn-Producing Tree Species

If you’ve spent any amount of time deer hunting in the timber, there’s a good chance you’ve hung a stand in an oak tree . Oaks are synonymous with whitetail hunting because of the acorns they drop in late summer and early fall. That mast crop gets a lot of...


Hunter Rattles in a Cow, Then a Big September Buck

Wildlife artist Nicole Weller Larson and her husband, Brent, put a lot of time and effort into hunting whitetails, and they don’t settle for just any buck. Their goal is to harvest mature deer only. The properties they hunt are thick with does, too, so they usually try to shoot...


Little Brother Passes a Coyote, Scores on a Kansas Stud

A few weeks ago on the Realtree Rack Report, we posted the story of 12-year-old Westin McCauley’s 211-inch Kansas monarch . Westin’s 10-year-old brother, Micah, also made the trip from Kentucky for the Sunflower State youth hunt, and he took a Kansas king of his own. As noted in Westin’s...


Jeff Danker’s Flyer Buck Has Triple Drop Tines

Early season cold fronts have led to the demise of many mature bucks. These weather events and temperature swings have the incredible power of sparking daylight deer activity. When you get them, deer move — even the big ones. It’s that simple. Jeff Danker, host of Buckventures, knows this. On...


Buckeye Buck Named Hollywood Wakes Hunter from Catnap

Seventeen-year-old Ohio hunter Dawson Snider spent a few years dreaming about the giant buck that woke him as he lightly dozed in his blind on the morning of Sept. 26, 2021. He and his father first saw the deer in 2018, when it was 3 1/2 years old. It was...


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15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Perfect deer habitat has three requirements: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple, yet we all know how difficult it can be to consistently get close to and kill deer, especially mature bucks. Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay too much attention to the first two requirements, and...


5 Best Stand Setups for Pre-Rut Bowhunting

I’m predicting a “trickle rut” this fall, based largely on the timing of the full moons in mid-October and mid-November. I expect a good number of does, more than usual, to cue off the bright illumination and pop into early estrus from October 16, through the full moon on the...


A 22-Point Buck on Maryland’s Opening Day

If you glance at the Rack Report distribution map , you’ll see that a small fraction of Rack Report bucks come from the Northeast. When one does make the cut, it’s time to lean in and start reading, because you’re probably in for a good deer story. That’s especially true...


Cattle Farm Turned Deer Paradise Yields 172-Inch Monster Buck

The Arkenau family, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been hunting on a small property in Kentucky since 1974. Early on, the farm, just over 100 acres, was home to cattle and race horses. The property continued to have cattle on it until 2017, and that had a big effect on the...


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...


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