Rack Magazine

Burger to Bone

Burger to Bone

By Dale Weddle

It’s always wise to take one last look-see before committing to a target. Larry Mangin didn’t fall far from his family tree. His maternal and paternal grandfathers — Floyd Bennett and Tony Mangin — were hunting buddies. Both grew up in the Big Bend area of Meade County, Ky. Larry’s mother, Doris, is 86. On Dec. 12, 201... READ MORE

Opening Day to Remember

Opening Day to Remember

By Heather Artist

The best stands are sometimes determined by luck of the draw, even if someone else is doing the drawing. Last deer season, I scheduled a 10-day vacation to coincide with the opening of Missouri’s rifle season on Nov. 16. No longer in college (I graduated the previous May), I was determined not to miss a day of hunting. My two sisters, Michell... READ MORE

‘Warm Hollow’ Buck

‘Warm Hollow’ Buck

By Dale Weddle

This Kentuckian never imagined he’d burn his only vacation day just to make a trip to the taxidermist. When the smoke cleared and the buck was no longer there, Roger Poe began shaking. He wasn’t sure if it was due to the December cold or the fact that he’d just shot at the biggest deer he’d ever seen. Second chances are rare... READ MORE

Five Dollars to Boot

Five Dollars to Boot

By Ed Waite

Seeing a buck of this caliber in photographs is one thing. Seeing it in the flesh can steal consonants from speech. Shawn Evangelista almost forgot how to form words last year. Even his three-word sentences, repeated for emphasis, were more a series of emitted vowel sounds, punctuated by gulps of air. You’d think that seeing — and indee... READ MORE

Missouri Guy Gets His Groove Back

Missouri Guy Gets His Groove Back

By Mike Handley

Ever stand in front of a classroom full of little deers, look down, and realize you’re naked (or might as well be)? Being busted by a button buck can wreck a deer hunter’s self-confidence. When this happened to Danny Boyer last season, the bowhunter from DeSoto, Mo., realized he had to change something about his setup, and none too soon... READ MORE

Switch-hitter

Switch-hitter

By Lisa Price

Sliding a shotgun stock over to your off-shoulder can mean the difference in shooting or not shooting. For more than two decades, the only people who saw Roy Smith’s deer mount were those who happened by his office inside the Perry County, Ill., highway department. It hadn’t been measured by anyone, never appeared in a record book and, ... READ MORE

Why Randy Brown Wants His Stand Back

Why Randy Brown Wants His Stand Back

By Dale Weddle

Kentucky’s early bow season offers grand opportunities at bucks still in velvet. Just ask Nick Brown. Nick Brown thought he’d caught a break when the buck passed behind a tree, which allowed him to draw his Mathews Drenalin. But that was before the animal stopped, forcing the 28-year-old bowhunter to hold both string and breath. Nick wa... READ MORE

No Walk in the Park

No Walk in the Park

By Dale Weddle

The road to the taxidermist is sometimes pocked with potholes. If a relative shoots the buck you’ve been bowhunting, and then a power line crew armed with chainsaws moves in right on top of your hunting spot, would you chalk it up as a busted season? Jeff Osborne thought about it, but he just couldn’t bear spending Kentucky’s 2013... READ MORE

And It Wasn't Even Public Land!

And It Wasn't Even Public Land!

By Mike Handley

Anyone who can remain in his stand after this kind of morning deserves a crack or three at a decent buck. Turning one's last vacation day and shelling out for a nonresident hunting license and deer tag are small prices to pay for a much-needed change of scenery. But when a frustrated Jesse Ferree paid that price in 2012, he got more of the same. Th... READ MORE

Ten-Gallon Rack

Ten-Gallon Rack

By Mike Handley

Eric Minter’s buck wasn’t the smoothest of talkers. Either that, or it was just looking for love in all the wrong places. When the 31-pointer strolled into the white oak flat where several does were snuffling up breakfast on Oct. 19, 2009, when it opened its mouth to perhaps announce its intentions, the long-faced Ya-Yas went berserk. T... READ MORE

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

By Mike Handley

When this south Georgia whitetail began packing on antler, it didn’t have to start from scratch. Mature bucks’ antlers might grow a half-inch or more a day during the spring and summer months, but that doesn’t mean they’ll double in size from one year to the next. After all, unless they’re on the downswing, whitetails ... READ MORE

Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

By Mike Handley

Riflemen have the advantage in a land of few trees. It might be impossible to determine the extent of one deer’s effect upon the economy in Republic County, Kan., a couple of years ago, but there’s no doubt a substantial amount of cash changed hands when photographs of the animal hit the Internet. An influx of nonresidents hungry to lea... READ MORE

Canada’s King of the Hill

Canada’s King of the Hill

By Gerald Almy

Many years have passed since an Alberta teenager channeled his inner reptile and set a record that hasn’t been toppled. When Neil Morin was a teenager in 1991, there was precious little time for anything outside of school and helping out around the family farm near Whitemud Creek, Alberta. The 17-year-old could go deer hunting, but chores alw... READ MORE

Squirrel’s-Eye View

Squirrel’s-Eye View

By Ed Waite

Widow takes late husband’s advice, climbs rungs for chance at photogenic whitetail. Unlike the dinosaurs in the “Jurassic Park” movies, unlike the great white shark in “Jaws,” and unlike the brawls between TV’s professional wrestlers (with apologies to believers), the buck whose photograph appeared on Shawn and N... READ MORE

Facebook Surprise

Facebook Surprise

By Ed Waite

Now you’ll know why Mike McCabe almost kept this story to himself. Mike McCabe had great expectations for the 2013 season. For the first time in several years, there were TWO bucks — not one — on his radar. He’d nicknamed them Stickers and Muley. Muley chased a doe past his stand in 2012. But it had broken off more than half... READ MORE

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