Rack Magazine

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

By Terry Rathman

Justin Newsome’s trail cam setup was like a free photo booth without a curtain. The buck Justin Newsome smoked last September was drawn to a trail camera like a moth to a bug zapper. Justin, a 34-year-old power plant employee who decided Butler, Mo., is a greener pasture than his native Florida, lives about 16 miles from the Kansas state line... READ MORE

The Way to a Buck’s Heart …

The Way to a Buck’s Heart …

By Dale Weddle

Here’s why the raccoons in three Kentucky counties look more like hairy beach balls. “I probably feed deer more than anybody you could imagine,” Jason Stanford laughed. “How much do you feed a year, on average?” I asked, sort of casually. “Probably about 30,000 pounds of corn, at least,” he replied. “... READ MORE

Who Said There’s No Roller Coaster in Kentucky?

Who Said There’s No Roller Coaster in Kentucky?

By Dale Weddle

When daylight’s burning, there’s no better place for a deer hunter to lick his wounds than from a treestand. The giant whitetail came barreling out of nowhere, running along the edge of the soybean field with its head lowered to battering-ram level, though more interested in smelling the ground than goring Aaron Flanagan. Aaron, caught ... READ MORE

When it’s Okay to be Late for Work

When it’s Okay to be Late for Work

By Darren Schrock

Being called a fair-weather hunter isn’t all bad. Opening day of Indiana’s 2013 firearms season was one of the most memorable days of my life, but not for the reason you’d think. My oldest daughter was married that day, and the entire extended family was in town to join us in celebration. I have to admit, though, that the wedding ... READ MORE

Fearing the Worst

Fearing the Worst

By Lisa Price

Kentucky buck is presumed dead for 11 months before it actually dies. When the 13-pointer stopped mugging for Ashley Bugg’s trail camera in January 2012, the hunter from Corydon, Ky., assumed the deer he’d been watching for two seasons was dead. “In the last photograph I had of the buck, it looked to be in bad shape,” Ashley... READ MORE

Got Rack?

Got Rack?

By Lisa Price

You probably do, if you hunt the Mississippi Delta, where big deer are as iconic as cotton, catfish and done-me-wrong songs. Andy Lloyd of Inverness, Miss., owns thousands of acres of some of the most fertile ground in North America. So whenever he has the deer hunting itch, scratching it is as easy as throwing a dart at map. But don’t count ... READ MORE

Success in the Sauna

Success in the Sauna

By Mike Handley

Who wants to hunt deer when it’s 94 degrees in the shade? If you’re going to spend an afternoon in a deer stand when the mercury is pushing 100 degrees, you’d better keep the wind in your sweaty face. Bowhunter Jody Slingo knows this. Even though he could pinpoint — almost to the blade of grass —where an incredible buc... READ MORE

Rethinking the Hold-low Rule

Rethinking the Hold-low Rule

By Ed Waite

Do today’s whisper-quiet bows and lightning-fast arrows render this bowhunting tenet obsolete? If Ryan Stolz hadn’t anticipated his buck’s ducking the string, a phrase that’s rightfully falling out of favor with the (compound) bowhunters who coined it, he might’ve had his mount a whole lot sooner. And he might’ve... READ MORE

Goddess of Urrpp

Goddess of Urrpp

By Mike Handley

The cow that wasn’t responded to the grunt that wasn’t. Fifteen-year-old Wayne Navarro and his sister, Brooke, three years his junior, have grown accustomed to their mother’s noises. She does it in the kitchen, in the car, and on the living room sofa. If the urge comes, she tucks her chin and urrpps. And if she doesn’t like ... READ MORE

No Interpreter Needed

No Interpreter Needed

By Mike Handley

Whenever a doe becomes a bobble-head and closes sesame, you’d better be ready to shoot. When Jason Erb saw the bobble-headed doe tuck her tail and move off, he suspected the gesture wasn’t aimed at him or her two yearlings. It was Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, too early in the year for her to shoo away her fawns and become a hussy, but not too ... READ MORE

Hello, Stranger!

Hello, Stranger!

By Rusty Johnson & Mike Handley

Okie sends son off to shoot the ‘big one,’ and comes home with a giant of his own. For all he knew, when Brooks Malone put on his orange cap and struck out with his rifle on Nov. 17, 2012, he might’ve been walking into a place as barren as the local high school’s football field. He’d given his visiting son, Tucker, dib... READ MORE

Take Two

Take Two

By Rob Meade

Deer hunters almost never get a second chance at a world-class buck. Here’s why we say ALMOST. Stoked by trail cam photographs of an enormous buck he’d pulled in early October, Lear McCoy spent a lot of time aloft in 2012, hoping to put his sight pin on the whitetail with sweeping main beams, gnarly bases and backward kicker. In Novembe... READ MORE

Roving Whitetail Chooses Wrong Zip Code

Roving Whitetail Chooses Wrong Zip Code

By Ed Waite

Late-season bowhunt ends with a world record and a good cry. Long after most of Ohio’s deer hunters had either tagged out or quit because of the bone-chilling cold, 33-year-old Jim Cogar of Powell was still climbing into stands, hoping to see the rambling buck he’d been after since October. It was almost as if he couldn’t live wit... READ MORE

For Mississippians, Pike Still Peaking

For Mississippians, Pike Still Peaking

By Jill J. Easton

If your heart’s set on steak, would you go to a fast-food drive-through? Finding a good place to hunt trophy whitetails can be difficult. For Matt Moore and his dad, Jimmy, the search for the perfect property spanned years. They traveled to several states and tried many outfitters without much success. But that was before they happened upon S... READ MORE

Who Needs Fanfare?

Who Needs Fanfare?

By Tom Hough

Here’s the buck nobody saw at the Iowa Deer Classic. When I first heard about Jason Chase’s buck, I was ogling several other world-class whitetails being measured behind the curtain at the 2013 Iowa Deer Classic. It seemed inconceivable that another deer of that caliber wasn’t even at the show (that it was hanging inside the Schee... READ MORE

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