Rack Magazine

Gut-Nav in the Deer Woods

Gut-Nav in the Deer Woods

By Greg Hicks

When striking out to hunt deer, it often pays to listen to the voices in your head and the pings in your gut. You know that inexplicable feeling that makes you look in a certain direction at just the right time, or to blow a grunt or bleat call at precisely the right moment? Matt Moss does. Intuition put the LSU-Shreveport Medical School student in... READ MORE

Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

By John E. Phillips and Mike Handley

Searching for a buck, even a live one, sometimes requires widening the perimeter. Bo Holcombe wasn’t seeking a change of scenery when he varied from his routine on Dec. 13, 2014. He didn’t throw a dart or a rock. The Brierfield, Alabama, hunter’s choice to spend the evening in a different shooting house was more ripple than splash... READ MORE

Hold Low at 10

Hold Low at 10

By John E. Phillips

First bow buck teaches veteran rifleman a valuable lesson about where to aim at deer outside (or inside) the pins. Travis Olson of Salina, Kansas, has hunted deer for 25 years, but the 2014 season was only his third to do so with a bow. “We have a lot of crop fields and open land with small patches of woods in between," Travis says. "I define... READ MORE

The Last Bull

The Last Bull

By W. Gary Sitton

Veteran hunter cherished his last opportunity to act like a 10-year-old. My wife Judy and daughter Holly threw a big party to celebrate my upcoming 70th birthday, our 48th anniversary and a book I recently had published. More than 250 people attended the bash. One person I’d hoped to see was Michael Labrum, my elk guide for the last 14 years.... READ MORE

One of a Kind from Every Man’s Land

One of a Kind from Every Man’s Land

By Dale Weddle

Sometimes a guy just has to wade into the maddening crowd. Could access to 170,000 acres of public hunting ground cause you to move three or four states away? What if one of your first trail camera photographs from the area showed a 30-point buck? Those might not have been the reasons Jack Seppala packed his bags and moved from New Hampshire to Ken... READ MORE

Beast Between the Lakes

Beast Between the Lakes

By Ed Waite

Sharing parking lots with fishermen and blood with ticks were small prices to pay in the 1970s for access to big deer in western Kentucky. Ask almost any bowhunter in Kentucky to name the country’s best deer hunter, and you’re going to get a slew of votes for David Howard. The proof, they say, is hanging inside the man’s home. Whi... READ MORE

Hunting and Hiding in Plain Sight

Hunting and Hiding in Plain Sight

By John E. Phillips

When hunting eastern Colorado, you might have to cross your fingers and channel your inner reptile. Bill Lambert of West Monroe, Louisiana, never imagined he’d find himself belly-crawling with a weapon after leaving the military. But the old training came in handy while he was deer hunting in Kiowa County, Colorado, in December 2014. He and h... READ MORE

Between Balogna and 5-Year-Old Granola

Between Balogna and 5-Year-Old Granola

By Tim Beck

This Hoosier bruiser ties the BTR’s world shotgun record, at least in composite score. “You shot my deer!” I heard someone exclaim as I sat in my treestand watching the steam rising from the nostrils of my freshly downed buck. I looked to my left and saw a moose of a man in camouflage. He crossed from his cornfield behind me onto ... READ MORE

Fool Me Thrice …

Fool Me Thrice …

By Rusty Johnson

This Arkansas buck wasn’t the sharpest broadhead in the quiver. Because he has access to a friend’s 40 acres, Aaron Jolliff doesn’t have to travel far from home to hunt. He spotted a tremendous buck working a scrape in mid-October, 2011, well beyond bow range. The next week, he borrowed a friend’s muzzleloader, one he’d actu... READ MORE

Ode to a Little Brown Bottle

Ode to a Little Brown Bottle

By Ed Waite

Still think laying down a scent trail is a waste of time? Mike Mallory has no qualms about stinking up his boots. As far as he’s concerned, drag rags are for wusses. The old trick of dousing his boots with doe-in-heat scent paid off handsomely last year for the bowhunter from Akron, Ohio. Going into the season, he might’ve known the pla... READ MORE

Bossier Behemoth Reshuffles Records

Bossier Behemoth Reshuffles Records

By Mike Handley

Here’s why Jon Black is a staunch believer in trail cameras. Going into Louisiana’s 2013 deer season, Jon Black and his son, Hunter, had a couple of bucks on their wish lists. They’d combed through thousands of trail camera photographs, and those two towered above the rest. Hunter wound up taking one of the 1,200-acre farm’s... READ MORE

Joy in Mudville

Joy in Mudville

By Dale Weddle

Kentucky bowhunter avoids strikeout by whacking a home run on his third and final pitch. David Howard had a small window, the last three days in October, to bowhunt his lease in Todd County. He couldn't have chosen a better time. Not only were bucks chasing does, but they were also fighting for the privilege. It wasn't until David had reluctantly d... READ MORE

Driver’s Seat

Driver’s Seat

By John E. Phillips

If you pay attention to deer tracks on dirt roads, you might see their makers. Bobby Cook’s days of shedding boot leather to look for buck sign are long gone, but that doesn’t seem to have hindered the 66-year-old deer hunter from Carbon Hill, Ala. Ever since he and his motorcycle were struck by a hit-and-run driver in 1974, Bobby - par... READ MORE

Sure Thing

Sure Thing

By Dale Weddle

There’s a reason “location-location-location” has become a cliché among deer hunters. Unless they happen to stumble through when the brushed-in pop-up blind is in place, most deer hunters would walk right on past Greg Reinhardt’s honey hole, forfeiting what the man from Alexandria, Ky., says is a sure shot at a deer. ... READ MORE

The I-Can’t-Sing-The-Blues BLUES

The I-Can’t-Sing-The-Blues BLUES

By Billy Arnold

How a Tennessee giant stole the cry out of this country singer’s voice … I began putting out minerals and corn and set up a few trail cameras on the small piece of property I hunt in Tennessee in May 2013. In July, I collected images of two very nice bucks, followed by another photo that made me forget them. As soon as I saw that third... READ MORE

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