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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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...


A Badger State Behemoth Whitetail Buck

Wisconsin has a nice mixture of timber for cover and agriculture for nutrition and antler genetics. Maybe it doesn’t have the same ring to it as Kansas or Iowa, but it annually holds its own at producing some of the country’s most impressive whitetail bucks. One such buck is the...


Bowhunter Kicks Off Archery Season with 200-Inch Velvet Buck

Kentucky bowhunter Morgan Embry set the bar high for Kentucky deer hunters on September 1 when he arrowed a 200-inch main-frame 12-pointer on opening morning of the 2018 archery season. The massive rack sported 27-inch main beams and an 18-inch inside spread. It has 12 or 13 inches of stickers...


A 4-Year Hunt for a Booner Buck

In most contexts, four years seems like a relatively short period of time. But, when it involves a particular whitetail buck, it can seem like forever. That was how long Kentucky bowhunter Eric Jolly had his eyes on the buck he killed this September. Jolly and two friends lease and...


Deer Hunter Finds Unique Broadhead in Monster Buck

Hoppy Kempfer of Deer Park, Florida, has been managing a northcentral Missouri farm with six other hunters for 13 years. Collectively, their efforts have produced quality deer hunting. “We normally capture a solid mix of 130- to 150-inch bucks on our trail cameras each year, and we always seem to...


Deer Hunter Tags Double-Beam Buck with a Bow

In January 2015 while walking a Kansas property to determine if it was worth leasing for deer hunting, Scott Burton and a couple of friends neared the middle of the 500-acre property in question when one in the group took off running while shouting, “It’s mine! It’s mine! It’s mine!”...


Girl Kills 210-Inch Deer for Her First Buck

Most hunters take a 1½-year-old buck — perhaps a spike, fork or six-pointer — for their first antlered deer. But, that’s not always the case, as 15-year-old Ella Sander of Steuben, Wisconsin, proved on opening day of her home state’s 2017 firearm season. Sander was born and raised a hunter...


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