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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Bowhunter Arrows Cattle-Pasture Booner from the Ground

Paul Powers of Oklahoma, a pro staffer of the faith-based outdoor show Final Descent Outdoors, prefers to leave the encumberments of treestands and ladder sticks out of the equation. His favorite way to bowhunt is to hike into an area where he thinks a buck will be, and then set...


Crossbow Hunter Grunts Boone and Crockett Buck Into Range

In 2016, Illinois’ Boden Lee Brandt learned that a big buck was roaming the 140-acre property he’s been hunting since he was 12 years old. The property, owned by a family relative, has a large field bordered by a block of “really good timber,” as Brandt put it. “I know...


Bowhunter Stalks World-Class Whitetail After Nearly Being Struck by Lightning

Creston Wolford and a friend, both of Missouri, got together to do some bowhunting earlier this fall. “He lives near Lake of the Ozarks, and he traveled to my place so that we could hunt a couple of nearby properties,” Wolford said. “The evening before our hunt, he mentioned that...


An Extremely Wide Buck Falls in the South

Almost every deer hunt begins in the same manner. You put on your camo. You gather your gear. You walk to your treestand or ground blind. But the endings — and even the middle — are never the same. No two hunts are alike. There’s always something new happening and...


A 205-Inch Public Land Whitetail Buck

When you think of where booner bucks are harvested, midwestern states such as Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin come to mind. Mike Polinice, however, can argue that New York might just be the place to take down a giant deer. Here is how his opening-day hunt unfolded on a stunning, giant...


Muzzleloader Hunter Tags Big Non-Typical Whitetail

Kansas produces some of the nation’s largest whitetails, and that fact annually draws many nonresident hunters to the Sunflower State to hunt deer each year. Logan Tidwell, an operations manager for a large construction company in Texas, is one of them. He hunted Kansas for the first time in 2015...


A Giant Early Season Buck with a Muzzleloader

Blair Zaffke met outfitter George Cummins by chance while they were both on a Colorado mule deer hunt. Conversation between the two hunters revealed that Cummins ran Salt River Outfitters in Central Kentucky. They quickly made plans for Blair to book a December 2017 muzzleloader deer hunt with SRO. While...


An Early Season Canadian Giant

Wisconsin resident Michael Marta started his hunting career at the early age of 5. His grandfather, who hunted just about everything, shared his passion with Michael. After decades of hunting, Michael still loves to get after whitetails, even if it means taking a long trip to northern Alberta to kick...


Doe Hunt Turns Into Monster Non-Typical Surprise

First cousins Scott Vater and Kyle Biba have been hunting buddies ever since they can remember. Influenced by their late grandfather, Scott and Kyle have not slowed down their passion for hunting and the outdoors. Both Scott and Kyle have killed several great bucks on their shared property over the...


A Huge Freshly Shed Early Season Buck

Early season deer hunting is a special time. Deer aren’t as pressured. Bucks are still in strong summer bed-to-feed patterns. Big bachelor groups of bucks grace trail cameras. It’s a wonderful time, Mike Mayfield thought. That is, until the farmer mowed a strip through the thick cover where Mayfield had...


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