Rack Magazine

Yahtzee!

Yahtzee!

By Ed Waite

Ohio hunter trades phone for crossbow when fate throws him five identical dice. Three seasons after his aging grandfather shot his last whitetail, Doug Kisamore connected with his best from the same backyard blind. “No one else ever hunted from my grandpa’s ground box blind,” Doug said. “We never knew when he might be inclin... READ MORE

Poof to Pow

Poof to Pow

By Mike Handley

Okie hunter gets a second chance to throw smoke at a whitetail on the wane. Blake Whelchel says the nearly 200-inch Oklahoma buck he shot in 2016 was between 20 and 30 inches bigger the previous season, and he has the trail camera photographs to prove it. Understandably, the 25-year-old from Ada, Oklahoma, was obsessed with the whitetail that was a... READ MORE

Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

By Ed Waite

When the hunting gods start dropping lemons, grab a pitcher and start squeezing. Managing a veterinary clinic’s office leaves only evenings and weekends for Heather Sweeney to hunt deer. For the past four years, she and her husband Tim have had permission to hunt a former 80-acre nursery in southwestern Ohio. The Sweeneys have devoted many ho... READ MORE

Steve Scissorhands

Steve Scissorhands

By John E. Phillips

Multitasking helps Iowa bowhunter to his career-best whitetail. When Steve Johnson reached into his fanny pack for his pruners, there were no pruners. Worried some branches might block or affect his arrow’s flight, the bowhunter from Clarinda, Iowa, wanted to trim the new growth that had sprouted since the previous season. Because he&rsquo... READ MORE

They Call Him King

They Call Him King

By Lisa Price

The shortest distance to the taxidermist is the line between points A and B. A deer lease in Houston County, Texas, was the perfect gift for Mark Lee’s newly teenaged son. Two hours from their Crosby home, the tract is mostly pasture. Only 50 of the 1,000 acres are wooded, but Mark thought he and 13-year-old Cullen might have a legitimate sho... READ MORE

Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

By Mike Handley

Seeing a buck with double drops is enough to send anyone to a plat book. Drew Miller leases 500 acres in Oklahoma, where the bucks are generally bigger. The land is less than an hour’s drive from his home in Paris, Texas. The 33-year-old owner of an oil change business also holds the deed to property south of Paris, adjacent to a dairy farm w... READ MORE

Thanks, Betsy

Thanks, Betsy

By John E. Phillips

Ohio’s January muzzleloader season pays off. As 52-year-old Mike Stanoikovich sat waiting for sunrise in his deer blind, he asked a departed friend for a favor. “Come on, Betsy. Send me a good buck, because I’m having a lousy season,” he asked the landowner’s late wife, who’d died the previous spring. Betsy used ... READ MORE

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping Breakfast

By Lisa Price

Driving 25 hours is a small price to pay for a hunt where giant deer can’t control their raging hormones. Ten days into their 12-day Minnesota hunt in 2010, Gary Holland was the only Texan who hadn’t burned his nonresident tag. The group had enjoyed a great time to that point. On the ninth day, Gary’s brother, David, bagged the bi... READ MORE

Counting Eggs

Counting Eggs

By Mike Handley

Who says there aren’t any sure bets in the deer woods? Counting unhatched chickens isn’t always a bad thing. The moon, wind and the following day’s weather forecast convinced Trent Siegle to take advantage of a temporary south breeze on Oct. 11, 2016, to check his trail cameras. An approaching front promised rain and cooler temper... READ MORE

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

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