Rack Magazine

Charmed

Charmed

By John E. Phillips

Virginia teen’s self-customized rifle gains its first notch during the 2016 youth season. Thirteen-year-old Tyler Fewell of Esmont, Virginia, will always remember the stories his granddad, Peter Britton, told him about big bucks he’d seen. The man didn’t hunt, but he encouraged his grandson to do it by whetting his appetite with t... READ MORE

Bookends

Bookends

By John E. Phillips

This bowhunter’s 2015 buck is a quarter-inch bigger than the one he arrowed in 2013. David Wagler never thought he’d top the buck he arrowed in 2013. But it took only two seasons for him to find the bookend to his previous best whitetail. “My heart was broken when the landowner sold the 60-acre tract where I took my big CRP buck (... READ MORE

Who Needs More Than Five Hours Sleep Anyway?

Who Needs More Than Five Hours Sleep Anyway?

By John E. Phillips

Arkansas gains a new No. 5 Typical in the BTR’s rifle category, and it’s the largest ever recorded from Jefferson County. Then-16-year-old Kristian Vargas hadn’t planned to go deer hunting on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. “I’d gone to one of my school friends’ Sweet 16 party Saturday night and didn’t get home unti... READ MORE

No Fair-weather Hunter

No Fair-weather Hunter

By Mike Handley

A repurposed turkey blind becomes the perfect stand for a rainy Sunday. The likelihood of hunting in wet clothes in 33-degree weather wasn’t enough to keep Corey Urban indoors on Dec. 13, 2015, the last day of the Kansas rifle season. The Dodge City hunter might have planned to spend the afternoon inside a pop-up blind, safe from the elements... READ MORE

East Carroll Giant

East Carroll Giant

By John E. Phillips

Public tracts along Louisiana’s eastern border are known for producing jaw-dropping bucks. Thirty-year-old Dusty Myers of Oak Grove, Louisiana, donned his hip waders last January to hike to a stand deep within a wildlife management area. With a rifle in one hand and a climbing stand in the other, Dusty traveled 3/4 mile through flooded timber... READ MORE

Do-over

Do-over

By Dale Weddle

Two years after his arrow shaved hairs off an impressive whitetail’s belly, this Kentuckian tasted déjà vu. Dave Morgan might dine regularly on venison, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t heard the scrape of a fork across an empty plate or the soft non-thud of an arrow hitting nothing but ground. The last time the Kentu... READ MORE

Throwback

Throwback

By Dale Weddle

The rain in Woodford County, Kentucky, falls mainly on the mane, or it once did. Whitetail aficionados often speak of trophy-sized bucks as being different animals altogether. Their primary reasoning is: A mature white-tailed buck, having survived multiple hunting seasons, is much more wary and harder to hunt than the average doe or young buck. A s... READ MORE

Tagged Out in Two

Tagged Out in Two

By Mike Handley

How long does it take for deer to forget a boom? Two hours, apparently. The morning prior to Kentucky’s 2015 rifle season, Alvin Hoover made himself a ground blind by stacking hay bales just inside the tree line next to a field frequented by deer. The setup was maybe 500 yards from his Todd County home. He chose a spot allowing the best view ... READ MORE

Whoop, There He Is!

Whoop, There He Is!

By Brandon Hazel

Andre the Giant twice cheated death in 2014, escaping both a bullet and a broadhead. His luck didn’t hold the next season. He called this buck Andre the Giant not because he wore a tremendous rack, but due to his body size. From the trail camera photographs we retrieved, he seemed a foot taller at the back and much longer than any other deer ... READ MORE

The Turkey Can Wait

The Turkey Can Wait

By Ed Waite

Uneventful season ends abruptly during holiday hunt. A Thanksgiving morning hunt has long been a family tradition for Kevin Brooks, his father Jerry, Uncle Bobby and a good friend, Troy. They often go after small game on Troy’s 125-acre farm in south-central Indiana, but they switched to deer in 2015 because they all still held buck tags. Do... READ MORE

Meanwhile, in the Land of Fewer Deer

Meanwhile, in the Land of Fewer Deer

By Dale Weddle

Kentuckian longs for the good old days when deer were more plentiful … but not necessarily bigger. Chris Baldock had all the pieces of the puzzle in place to collect a trophy-sized whitetail in 2015. His family owns 700 acres of farmland in arguably Kentucky’s hottest big buck county. Food for the deer is plentiful. There is a good mix... READ MORE

Unencumbered by Experience

Unencumbered by Experience

By Mike Handley

A little girl’s intuition puts her on the other side of the crosshairs from her first big buck. Brandon Hazel of Anthony, Kansas, knows when to say yes and close his mouth. While most dads would’ve listened to the voices in their own heads rather than the words of their 8-year-old kid, he allowed his daughter Joscelyn to choose where th... READ MORE

A Bow by Choice

A Bow by Choice

By John E. Phillips

This Kansan is making a name for himself in the record book. Here’s the 2013 buck that stole his heart. “I could have shot this buck several different times with a rifle, but I was determined to take him with my bow,” said Kansan David Wagler. David’s heart’s desire spent most of its time in thick CRP, emerging only oc... READ MORE

Domino Effect

Domino Effect

By Lisa Price

The toppling of this public land Hoosier buck began with a terrible 2014 deer season. David Fischer of Georgetown, Indiana, is a devoted hunter, the type of person who rises in the wee hours, drives 60 minutes, and stays in a tree all day. But despite his dogged determination, he didn’t get a chance at a deer in 2014. “Fifteen days duri... READ MORE

Have Daylight, Will Hunt

Have Daylight, Will Hunt

By Ed Waite

A 9-year-old had the first right of refusal for a poke at this ‘big ugly’ buck. Had the deer been closer, the mount might’ve wound up in the boy’s room. Brody Young of Mount Gilead, Ohio, devoted much of the 2015 firearms deer season to helping his 9-year-old son, Cooper, tag his first. The boy didn’t want to take just... READ MORE

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