Rack Magazine

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

Much to be Said for Autopilot

Much to be Said for Autopilot

By Dale Weddle

From zero to 60 in a matter of seconds describes not only a muscle car’s acceleration, but it also applies to this Kentucky rattler’s 2013 deer season. The huge buck charged out of the honeysuckle with ears laid back, looking for a fight. There was no time for Dustin Shaffer to think, certainly not for him to evaluate antlers. He barely... READ MORE

Have Trail Camera, Will Hunt

Have Trail Camera, Will Hunt

By Dale Weddle

Scouting a year in advance gives this Kentuckian plenty of dream fuel. Tim Lauer of California, Ky., might have punched his only 2011 deer tag long before Thanksgiving, but he was unwilling to spend the year’s longest weekend indoors. Curious to see what sort of bucks might be roaming at least one of the two Campbell County farms he hunts, Ti... READ MORE

Hoodwinkle

Hoodwinkle

By Mike Handley

Virginia Buck has 31 4/8-inch Spread! For as long as people have had the ability to post and view photographs over Al Gore’s Internet, deer hunters have tried hoodwinking their buddies. Such pranks have almost become the world’s largest caption contest, in which it’s not uncommon to see the same photo of a giant buck that, accordi... READ MORE

Pushing a Buck’s Buttons

Pushing a Buck’s Buttons

By Lisa Price

Wayne Waldo’s nephew, Robert Bowman, thought he was crazy for trying to squeeze in a deer hunt with only a couple of hours of daylight remaining on Nov. 12, 2012. “By the time you get out there, you’re just going to spook everything,” Robert warned his uncle, not even mentioning the 16-mph wind, 30-mph gusts and mid-30s temp... READ MORE

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

By Dale Weddle

Kentucky man might’ve lost some oomph, but his aim doesn’t waver. Brothers Danny and Ronnie Moore, born on the same date two years apart, have hunted together for most of the last 40 years. When Danny’s declining health — he’s had to undergo dialysis for 10 years now — threatened to put an end to those outings, e... READ MORE

Not a Bad Start for a Bowhunter

Not a Bad Start for a Bowhunter

By Rob Meade

Derrick Davis had high hopes for Ohio’s 2012 deer season. He and his father-in-law, Tim Baird, had collected trail camera photographs of a giant buck they’d nicknamed Mr. Crabs. The tall-tined whitetail had posed for their camera four times during the 2011 season, but he was seen only once during the November rut. In 2012, Derrick and T... READ MORE

Plan B

Plan B

By Mike Handley

That moment when you realize your blind smells like a Lynyrd Skynyrd song … When Steve Whitelock got a whiff of the pop-up blind he’d planned to erect between two of his stationary bow stands, he changed his mind. He’d hoped that by setting up between his regular stands, he’d be in a better position to intercept the Moby Di... READ MORE

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