Rack Magazine

This is Going to Hurt

This is Going to Hurt

By Ed Waite

Tattooee’s change of heart allows Kansan to use a different tool to paint a shoulder red. After an afternoon of glassing deer in fields near their hunting property, Jed States and his brother, Magnus, took a different route home. They’d seen several bucks in the 150s and 160s, so they were already excited about their prospects for the 2... READ MORE

Lone Star Long Shots

Lone Star Long Shots

By Mike Handley

Would-be WMA hunters face 30-to-1 odds for a foot in the door. If drawn, they must then shoot TWO does before they can even think about punching a buck tag. It’s probably easier to win a multi-stage immunity challenge on the reality TV show “Survivor” than it is to legally shoot a buck – small or large – inside the Lon... READ MORE

The Buck That Wasn’t

The Buck That Wasn’t

By Mike Handley

Here’s a deer. Here's its steeple. Open it up, and ... Whoa, Mama! When Doug Laird of Russellville, Missouri, talks about the deer he shot in 2014, pronouns appear to jump the tracks. “A big buck came through at 9 a.m., about an hour before I normally leave the woods,” he says. “It had a small doe with it, and an 8-pointer w... READ MORE

Tube Music

Tube Music

By Mike Handley

Oklahoman uses deerspeak to lure 17-pointer into the light. If four decades have taught Dean Holbrook anything about the deer hiding among the slick hills of Kiowa County, Oklahoma, it’s that the bucks are almost completely nocturnal until the very air reeks of doe. Almost. That’s why the 52-year-old farmer from Lawton rarely hunts with... READ MORE

Yes, It’s THAT Big

Yes, It’s THAT Big

By Ed Waite

Bowhunting gains a new totem for its pole, another from Ohio and a new No. 2. Dan Coffman agreed to be a bowhunting mentor to his good friend, Josh Terry, in the summer of 2014. Soon afterward, Josh gained permission for them to hunt 400 acres in central Ohio. The guys devoted many hours to scouting the land and identifying potential stand sites. T... READ MORE

The Fourth R

The Fourth R

By Mike Handley

Reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic are followed by rut in this corner of Ohio. Most teenagers who want a day off from school must feign an upset stomach, a sore throat, or devise a way to make a thermometer show a fever. Sixteen-year-old Austin Etherington of Piqua, Ohio, had merely to ask his mother. His reason – and she wanted one ... READ MORE

Mother Lode

Mother Lode

By Ed Waite

This West Virginia coal miner found the mother lode of antler last December. Brandon Duncan wasn’t overly impressed the first time he laid eyes on the deer that landed him in this magazine. That was in 2014, when the buck was considerably smaller. The deer he wanted to kill that season was bigger, so he considered this one his second choice a... READ MORE

Missouri Mood Changer

Missouri Mood Changer

By Mike Handley

Self-proclaimed grumpy old man forgets how to frown, if only for a day. Except for a half-hour during the morning of Nov. 10, the 2014 bow season wasn’t particularly memorable for Tom Ciak, the graying and bearded proprietor of Big Bird’s Bait and Bows in Maryville, Missouri. His customers don’t call him Tom. To them, he’s B... READ MORE

Field Goal

Field Goal

By Mike Handley

Sometimes the best nickname for a buck is staring you in the face. Strong brow tines (or eye guards) are the exception rather than the rule on the 100 acres William Bidwell owns and hunts in northern Cherokee County, Oklahoma. So it was a big deal when, in June 2014, he retrieved trail camera photographs of a buck wearing twin P1s that looked every... READ MORE

Out of the Mist

Out of the Mist

By Ken Kastely

Nonresident’s nearly 400-inch bull one of two that scramble Pennsylvania’s elk records in 2011. After seven years of throwing my name in the hat, I finally drew one of 18 coveted Pennsylvania bull elk tags in 2011. Almost 19,000 people had put in for it. In their attempt to notify me, wildlife officials found my father Bela’s tele... READ MORE

One Man’s Trash

One Man’s Trash

By Lisa Price

A $65 pawnshop bow, a determined nephew and a missed shot at an 8-pointer combine for a life-changing buck. It’s said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this old adage was never truer than it’s been for Jim Hohensee of Abilene, Kansas. One man’s trash was an old compound bow. “I work for a big... READ MORE

Extra Tines

Extra Tines

By Ed Waite

Now here’s a buck that’ll make anyone phone home. Bob Sisler obtained permission to hunt a central Ohio farm in the late summer of 2012. As soon as practical, he and his brother, Roger, scouted the property to learn the lay of the land and to look for deer sign and potential ambush points. They also put out trail cameras. Of all the pho... READ MORE

Rain Deer

Rain Deer

By Ed Waite

Sometimes you curse the weather. Sometimes you thank it. Gunnar Petry of Macksburg spent much of Ohio’s 2013 deer season hoping for a shot at a big nocturnal whitetail photographed by a trail camera. He wound up settling for a really nice 10-pointer in the 140s. During the late muzzleloader season that year, he took his younger brother huntin... READ MORE

Kismet for Kimmi

Kismet for Kimmi

By John E. Phillips

Borrowed stand and grounded son combine to pit Kansas rifleman against the buck of his dreams. Forty-four-year-old Gene Kimmi of Lancaster, Kansas, and his cousin, Jason, have 400 timbered acres adjacent to a quarter-mile-wide and mile-long strip of CRP. The property also has a small pond, and both corn and soybean fields are nearby. The whitetails... READ MORE

Fish Hook

Fish Hook

By John E. Phillips

A buck with a name pays the ultimate price for feeling a little too cozy. Where’s Colton?” Brad Geren of Windom, Kansas, asked his wife, Shari. “Downstairs, I guess,” she replied. When he didn’t find Colton there, Brad continued searching until he realized his son’s truck wasn’t outside. He deduced that if ... READ MORE

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