Rack Magazine

Whoop, There He Is!

Whoop, There He Is!

By Brandon Hazel

Andre the Giant twice cheated death in 2014, escaping both a bullet and a broadhead. His luck didn’t hold the next season. He called this buck Andre the Giant not because he wore a tremendous rack, but due to his body size. From the trail camera photographs we retrieved, he seemed a foot taller at the back and much longer than any other deer ... READ MORE

The Turkey Can Wait

The Turkey Can Wait

By Ed Waite

Uneventful season ends abruptly during holiday hunt. A Thanksgiving morning hunt has long been a family tradition for Kevin Brooks, his father Jerry, Uncle Bobby and a good friend, Troy. They often go after small game on Troy’s 125-acre farm in south-central Indiana, but they switched to deer in 2015 because they all still held buck tags. Do... READ MORE

Meanwhile, in the Land of Fewer Deer

Meanwhile, in the Land of Fewer Deer

By Dale Weddle

Kentuckian longs for the good old days when deer were more plentiful … but not necessarily bigger. Chris Baldock had all the pieces of the puzzle in place to collect a trophy-sized whitetail in 2015. His family owns 700 acres of farmland in arguably Kentucky’s hottest big buck county. Food for the deer is plentiful. There is a good mix... READ MORE

Unencumbered by Experience

Unencumbered by Experience

By Mike Handley

A little girl’s intuition puts her on the other side of the crosshairs from her first big buck. Brandon Hazel of Anthony, Kansas, knows when to say yes and close his mouth. While most dads would’ve listened to the voices in their own heads rather than the words of their 8-year-old kid, he allowed his daughter Joscelyn to choose where th... READ MORE

A Bow by Choice

A Bow by Choice

By John E. Phillips

This Kansan is making a name for himself in the record book. Here’s the 2013 buck that stole his heart. “I could have shot this buck several different times with a rifle, but I was determined to take him with my bow,” said Kansan David Wagler. David’s heart’s desire spent most of its time in thick CRP, emerging only oc... READ MORE

Domino Effect

Domino Effect

By Lisa Price

The toppling of this public land Hoosier buck began with a terrible 2014 deer season. David Fischer of Georgetown, Indiana, is a devoted hunter, the type of person who rises in the wee hours, drives 60 minutes, and stays in a tree all day. But despite his dogged determination, he didn’t get a chance at a deer in 2014. “Fifteen days duri... READ MORE

Have Daylight, Will Hunt

Have Daylight, Will Hunt

By Ed Waite

A 9-year-old had the first right of refusal for a poke at this ‘big ugly’ buck. Had the deer been closer, the mount might’ve wound up in the boy’s room. Brody Young of Mount Gilead, Ohio, devoted much of the 2015 firearms deer season to helping his 9-year-old son, Cooper, tag his first. The boy didn’t want to take just... READ MORE

A Reason to be Thankful

A Reason to be Thankful

By Lisa Price

This 24-pointer’s super powers vanish when Lady Luck switches sides. There stood the buck, its antlers unmistakable. Ben Zuk’s heart sank. The deer his family and neighbors had been pursuing for four years was out in a field in broad daylight, but the massive whitetail was almost 2 miles from the Republic County, Kansas, farms they hunt... READ MORE

Derailing the Deer Train

Derailing the Deer Train

By Ed Waite

Whenever a deer is ‘daytiming,’ it’s time to take a walk in your underwear. Cody Cutler’s family owns 1,100 acres near Fort Scott, Kansas. Some of the acreage is devoted to row crops, and some is set aside for beef cattle. Two unfarmed parcels – of 110 and 160 acres – are off-limits to cattle, though, and are tee... READ MORE

Year-old Load Has Plenty of Oomph

Year-old Load Has Plenty of Oomph

By John E. Phillips

Rocky Top has a new No. 3 in the BTR’s blackpowder category. Chris Fowler apparently knows how to keep his powder dry. Using a muzzleloader stoked from the previous season, the deer hunter from Indian Mound, Tennessee, shot a buck in 2015 that shuffled Rocky Top’s records. The deer wasn’t the one he’d nicknamed Bullwinkle, w... READ MORE

Always Look Down

Always Look Down

By Bill Sansom

Maybe they should make cloven boots for hunters, since hooves turn deer into ninjas. On the upside, being surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of public hunting ground teeming with deer, elk, bear, game birds and predators that you can hunt almost year-around is a great place for a hunter to live. On the downside, if you can call it that, decid... READ MORE

Best Halloween Ever

Best Halloween Ever

By Chad Carney

Looking for the deeriest zip code in Kansas? If there are trees and a river runs through it, sign the lease. When I received word in November 2014 that my company would be moving me from Cary, North Carolina, to Olathe, Kansas, I immediately starting daydreaming of hunting giant Sunflower State bucks. A colleague had recently purchased some hunting... READ MORE

Treating Himself

Treating Himself

By Ed Waite

Yet one more reason Ohio deer hunters should forsake trick-or-treatery for a sit in a deer stand. While tilling a 5-acre cornfield in the spring of 2015, Brian Moore spotted his young neighbor approaching. As the boy drew closer, Brian realized he was carrying a deer antler. Brian stopped the tractor to admire the shed antler, which his neighbor ha... READ MORE

No Surrender, Despite 15 Flags

No Surrender, Despite 15 Flags

By John E. Phillips

Quick thinking and topography allow farmer a second chance at dream buck. If you blow a hunt or spook a buck, you might still be able to salvage an opportunity if you know the land you’re hunting and have a good idea of where that whitetail wants to go. Terrain permitting, heading a deer off at the pass could be the second chance for which yo... READ MORE

He Couldn’t NOT Look, Right?

He Couldn’t NOT Look, Right?

By Mike Handley

Cows on the lam lead man to bull of the woods. Nicholas Johnson of Coleman, Oklahoma, hadn’t planned to hunt the opening day of the 2012 rifle season, a Saturday, because he’d scheduled the next nine days off from the casino where he works. Still, the 34-year-old didn’t gain any sleep that morning. “That Friday night, Nov. ... READ MORE

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