Rack Magazine

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

Pleasantly Surprised

Pleasantly Surprised

By Mike Handley

Indiana bowyer can thank a tree for blocking his shot at the world’s largest forkhorn. It’s a pretty safe bet that he wasn’t thinking about deer hunters when George Will, the Pulitzer-winning newspaper and magazine columnist, once said “The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven righ... READ MORE

But He Got His Buck

But He Got His Buck

By Ed Waite

Here’s yet more proof that the coolest gift for a deer hunter would be an INSTANT REPLAY button. Had Jeff Yanak ignored the urge to head off a fatally hit buck at the pass, if only he’d forsaken the power of reasoning that supposedly puts him above the deer he hunts, he might’ve had more food for his chain in 2012. Regrets, he&rsq... READ MORE

The Deer in the River

The Deer in the River

By Mike Handley

Ask not for whom the buck swims. It swims for thee. Makayla Hay was shaking. She’d like to think — or for others to think — that she was merely cold; that it was more shiver than shake. But it was Nov. 2 in central Texas, about 44 degrees, and on its way up to 72. The real reason her synapses were sparking was lying out in the tal... READ MORE

No. 1501

No. 1501

By Gita M. Smith

After pining for time to go hunting, this Ohio man was only too happy to end his season the first time he climbed into a stand. First, Harry Boyd misplaced his truck keys. He searched for hours, systematically going through every pocket of every piece of clothing he owned. He pillaged the laundry, both clean and dirty. He tore the house up, sank hi... READ MORE

A 10 on the Sphincter Scale

A 10 on the Sphincter Scale

By Jill J. Easton

When a man’s tectonic plates shift, only a giant whitetail can stop the quake. It was a predicament that, sooner or later, everyone who spends time hunting will face. Jason McKenzie’s brush with it came on Dec. 1, 2012. We’re talking the call of nature. Jason had crawled into his blind before sunup that morning. It was one of thos... READ MORE

Meeting the Lumberjack

Meeting the Lumberjack

By Ed Waite

This Ohio bowhunter gains everything from an impromptu, nothing-to-lose hunt. Justin Pandorf’s 2012 deer season could’ve ended differently. Had his bowstring not snapped, the archer from Manchester, Ohio, would’ve had his compound when an 8-pointer gave him what should’ve been a slam-dunk shot. Had the scope on his back-up c... READ MORE

Saw it Through the Grapevine

Saw it Through the Grapevine

By Dale Weddle

Patient Kentuckian finally collects the venison and skull plate to go along with the sheds. Jim Hill of Hebron, Ky., takes shed hunting seriously. Every nook and cranny in his home seems to hold half a deer rack. There’s also the big box in the basement, which is overflowing with discarded bone. You would expect a guy like this to have some i... READ MORE

Rock Star

Rock Star

By Lisa Price

You know that awkward moment when you realize, hey, those ARE antlers? This guy does. Although Jerry Watt is a self-professed “man cave kind of guy,” that doesn’t mean he leaves the rest of the house — or the chores — to the missus. He’s also the kind of guy who’ll cut short a deer hunt in order to help his... READ MORE

Where Calendar Trumps Thermometer

Where Calendar Trumps Thermometer

By Lisa Price

Whether hunter or hunted, if you live in the sauna known as southwestern Georgia, you’re going to break a sweat. Deer hunters in the Midwest complain loudly whenever the temperature climbs into the 60s in November. Farther north, they’d consider it justification for staying indoors and watching hunters on television whispering into the ... READ MORE

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