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 Guest on a Lease Kills 200-Inch Buck

Having good friends in life is important. As an outdoorsman, having good friends that lease 2,000 acres of prime southern Illinois deer hunting property is, well, you fill in the blanks. As hunters, we know Illinois records plenty of trophy bucks taken each year. And when Mike Novak received the...


The Hunt for an October Velvet Buck

Have you ever encountered a unique buck that got into your head and it became all you could think about? Well, Stan Ethredge, of Carthage, Mississippi, encountered just such a buck, but it didn’t start out that way. Ethredge first spotted the nice 6-point buck on his game camera in...


A Near 200-Inch Bruiser with a Crossbow

After nearly 10 years, Alex Bowling was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen again. At age 15 he killed his first whitetail buck in his home state of Kentucky, and although he had killed numerous does since then, the right buck just hadn’t walked into bow...


A Second Chance and a 222-Inch Giant

Evan Theis admits that he wouldn’t have known about this buck if it hadn’t been for a neighbor. About a month before season, Evan got word that a massive buck had been seen near his hunting spot. “I was a little lazy getting cameras out this year,” Theis said. “I...


A Massive Tight Racked Monster with a Bow

Every year, there are those hunters who tag out within the first few days of the season opener. Social media sites fill up with majestic images of mature bucks. Most of this early season success can be contributed to one pre-season step — patterning deer. Bucks that are still in...


Deer Hunter Kills Giant Velvet Deer as First Archery Buck

Everyone remembers their first buck taken with archery gear. But not that many of us can say our first scored over 180 inches. Shaun Maiden can. Shaun was late to the hunting game. “In high school, I spent all my time playing sports,” Maiden said. “I just never got into...


A Giant Velvet Main-Frame 8-Pointer

It started with a turkey hunt. Alex Fruit noticed turkeys hanging around a small chunk of thick timber situated among rolling pastures and cropland. Always on the lookout for a spot to chase big gobblers, Alex stopped to talk to the landowner about hunting. He was given permission and made...


A Huge Early Season Velvet Buck with a Bow

Colten Clemmons owes this buck to his trail cameras. As a pro staffer for Spartan Trail Cameras, Colten likes to run cameras every chance he gets. About a month before the 2017 Kentucky season, Colten decided to stick a camera on a farm he thought might be good for a...


Booner Alert: A 200-Inch Buck with a Crossbow

Some deer hunters like to keep intel on the bucks that are running the properties they hunt. Thanks to trail cameras, this process is made easy. On the flipside, there are those who simply head to their favorite stand to sit. They scout in-the-field, but trail cameras play no role...


Another Booner Buck Falls in the Midwest

With no rifle season and only a short shotgun season, Dylan Flogel decided four years ago he was going to try his luck with the stick and string . “When I first started bowhunting , I [went] 20 to 25 times before I even seen a deer,” Dylan said. “Which...


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