Rack Magazine

How’s This for a First?

How’s This for a First?

By Ed Waite

After taking a nearly 20-year hiatus from hunting, this Ohio man returns to the woods and brings home more than sausage. For some reason he can no longer remember, Gary Douglas quit hunting in 1997. Before that, he enjoyed accompanying family members in West Virginia. “We had a two-story cabin built with hewn logs. It was always filled with f... READ MORE

Priorities

Priorities

By Alex Omid Soltani

Tennessee bowhunter rewarded after fleeing stand to attend his son's birth. I've been enjoying reading Rack magazine for many years, and I finally got a buck of lifetime and would like to share the story. I first saw this deer in 2019 when he was a 130-ish, tall 8-pointer with a unicorn that split. He broke off the unicorn point and another tine th... READ MORE

Deer with Six Names

Deer with Six Names

By Ed Waite

Local legend’s demise sends ripples from Ohio to Maine. Rumors of a gargantuan buck roaming public land began circulating in Ross County, Ohio, in 2013. Next came trail camera photographs of the deer that earned half a dozen nicknames. Marcus Peecher of Frankfort was among many bowhunters who dreamed of arrowing the deer, but he was less opti... READ MORE

Bulletproof ... NOT!

Bulletproof ... NOT!

By Dale Weddle

Four misses in three years not enough to send this buck packing. Seventeen-year-old Jacob Murphy made his second shot count, even if he had to wait a year and change weapons to do it. The Kentucky teenager took his first poke at the enormous 6x6 during the 2015 muzzleloading season. His second chance came during the next year’s modern rifle s... READ MORE

Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call

By Mike Handley

Missouri girl’s first deer will require a load-bearing wall. Had it not been for her older brother Chase’s coaxing, 12-year-old Brit Looney would’ve gladly let the curtain drop on Missouri’s late-October youth season without firing a shot. Now the sixth-grader from Higginsville, Missouri, has one less bullet for her .243. &l... READ MORE

Deer... Buck... SHOOTER!

Deer... Buck... SHOOTER!

By Mike Handley

Arkansas man didn’t need to look at this buck’s chest, back or belly before squeezing the trigger. The seven members of Ryan Keeter’s hunting club decided a long time ago to pass up young bucks. As a result, they not only see more deer, but they have also become adept at spotting the differences between juvenile and mature whiteta... READ MORE

Deer in the Drink

Deer in the Drink

By Ed Waite

Don’t listen to people who say scrape hunting is overrated. Even if you have to build it, they will come. Three days into his state’s 2016 archery season, Arthur Zerbe of Denver, Pennsylvania, refused to let the thermometer keep him from deer hunting. He’d decided to spend the afternoon of Sept. 20 on a 500-acre estate in deer-ric... READ MORE

Building a Better Deer Trap

Building a Better Deer Trap

By Dale Weddle

Don’t listen to people who say scrape hunting is overrated. Even if you have to build it, they will come. Just when Hunter Jones was convinced his mock scrape would never yield a photo of a decent buck, the 19-year-old got the surprise of his life. Hunter created the scrape and left a trail camera pointing at it around Oct. 1, 2016. He never ... READ MORE

Making Do

Making Do

By John E. Phillips

When one door closes, another one opens. William Hedges’ hastily arranged trip north of the border in 2016 got off to a rocky start, but sitting on his heels for an hour inside a chair-less box blind was a small price to pay for the biggest whitetail he’d ever seen. The hunter from Pine Plains, New York, hadn’t planned to go to Sa... READ MORE

Making the Neighbors Cry

Making the Neighbors Cry

By Duncan Dobie

This Mississippi buck ran out of lives when it crossed paths with a lady wearing an ugly hat. Susie Taylor set her sights on an incredible 6-pointer during Mississippi’s 2015 season, but things didn’t turn out the way she’d hoped. Susie had hunted the unusual buck for several years. And she was ready to cross the 3x3 off her wish ... READ MORE

The Best and Worst of Times

The Best and Worst of Times

By Ed Waite

No Ohio deer hunter worth his salt stays indoors when the mercury falls in October. Cheyenne Elliott of Frankfort, Ohio, regards Oct. 21, 2016, as possibly the worst day he’s ever set out to shoot a deer, but he has no regrets. “I had to get out there,” he said. “The weather was changing in a major way, and I just knew the d... READ MORE

Happy Ending

Happy Ending

By Louis Locke

The perfect salve for losing a deer is to get another, even bigger one. My 2015 deer season got off to a rough start. My first — and what should’ve been my last — time in a stand that year was the evening of Oct. 1, earlier than I usually hunt. Trail camera photographs prompted me to jump-start the season. I’d planted a food... READ MORE

Getting the Drop

Getting the Drop

By Dale Weddle

Didn’t get a shot at your most-wanted whitetail this season? Wait ’til next year. Patrick Shemwell became aware that a world-class buck lived near his hunting grounds while driving around a piece of public land with his cousin, Shane Avery, in 2014. They saw the wide-racked whitetail in late August, not long before Kentucky’s bow ... READ MORE

Furnace Stoked

Furnace Stoked

By Ed Waite

You know it’s cold when the thought of field-dressing the first deer you see clouds all other notions. Dalton Hunter’s mind was consumed with football in the fall of 2015. He was a junior and part of the first-string defense for the Corydon High School Panthers. With the football season soon coming to an end and the stress of it pretty ... READ MORE

Dream Season

Dream Season

By Dale Weddle

After two strikes, Kentucky bowhunter hits a home run during his third time at bat. Brian Strunk’s favorite hunting spot is a hollow in Pulaski County, Kentucky, a gateway through which deer enter an overgrown field. He has two options: a permanent treestand tucked in a cedar about 35 yards from where deer usually emerge, and a portable blind... READ MORE

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