Rack Magazine

.44 Mag as Dream Catcher

.44 Mag as Dream Catcher

By Ed Waite

Does giveth, and they taketh away. Don Barbour of Mishawaka, Ind., is all too familiar with this bowhunter’s proverb. On the last afternoon of Indiana’s early archery season in 2010, he jumped a buck and a doe while walking to his stand. They’d been bedded in some tall grass before barreling through a briar patch and disappearing ... READ MORE

From ‘Gar Hole’ to Golden Laurel

From ‘Gar Hole’ to Golden Laurel

By Chris Brazzell

The story behind bowhunting’s No. 2 Perfect. Leaving my early-November playground in Nebraska wasn't easy, but I'd agreed to join my pastor, Shane Warren, and his friend, Ken Roark, in Ohio. So after six days of bowhunting the Cornhusker State, I boarded a plane in Lincoln and flew to Columbus. Soon after arriving, I discovered I'd be hunting... READ MORE

Okie Bass Pro Adds State Record to Resume

Okie Bass Pro Adds State Record to Resume

By Mike Handley

Bo knows bows, as well as baitcasters! When Bo Middleton’s grand-father, the late Floyd “Cooney” Sanders, told him he’d seen a great big buck while looking out his kitchen window, Bo humored him. But the more the 28-year-old thought about it, he couldn’t dismiss the possibility. “He was getting on (in years), an... READ MORE

Ruination of a Young Hunter

Ruination of a Young Hunter

By Steve Scudder

Humility Isn’t a Trait Often Seen in 11-Year-Olds. My son, Tristan, has hunted with me since he was 6 years old. He started out in the fall of 2006 and harvested his first deer, a button buck, during our Indiana muzzleloader season. That pretty much hooked him for life. I introduced him to bowhunting three years later, and he took his first ... READ MORE

Why There Are No Instant Replays

Why There Are No Instant Replays

By Lisa Price

Photo: More than 41 inches of this Ohio buck’s impressive tally are between the burrs and the mirrored brow tines. Tyler’s dad, Steve (left), will be the taxidermist behind a full-body mount. A missed opportunity at a big buck can sometimes be a good thing. Just ask 18-year-old Tyler Bashlor. Tyler is attending South Georgia College, wh... READ MORE

Bowled Over in Kansas City

Bowled Over in Kansas City

By Mike Handley

Photo: Mike Walters’ public-land Missouri buck is a tremendous mainframe 4x6 with 10 small extras. Even without the junk, the rack would’ve had a composite (true gross) score of nearly 184 inches. With them, it registers 208 5/8. But Mike was smiling long before he knew the numbers! Watching deer graze near the runways of the Kansas Cit... READ MORE

Rena the Enabler

Rena the Enabler

By Ed Waite

Pennsylvania buck addict gets his fix in 2011. Rena Altman’s coworkers know she’s married to an addict. That became perfectly clear last fall, when her husband, Dave, called her workplace. High as a kite, he badgered a secretary into patching his call through to her. “I did it,” he said, a three-word sentence almost too much... READ MORE

3 Not-So-Easy Pieces

3 Not-So-Easy Pieces

By Steve Scudder

Hard Luck Story Has a Happy Ending. My story starts and should’ve ended back in 2008, when I saw this buck at 150 yards during Indiana’s muzzleloader season. When I squeezed my blackpowder rifle’s trigger, the giant whitetail collapsed. I was so sure the deer was stone cold dead, I didn’t bother reloading. I just sat there, ... READ MORE

2 Antlers, 2 Holes

2 Antlers, 2 Holes

By Lisa Price

A sliver of light let Ryan Dietsch know that the tosses and turns of his almost sleepless night had come to an end. Once more, he turned from one side to another, resetting his pillow and rearranging the covers. “Just go back out there,” his wife, Kari, said. Ryan had spent the night reliving his afternoon, plagued by doubt and confusio... READ MORE

Early Birthday Present

Early Birthday Present

By Mike Handley

Three or four minutes after a spike crossed the ridge he was watching, Logan Sewell saw a much bigger whitetail approaching and lifted his binoculars. One quick glance, and the 16-year-old hunter knew he was going to shoot the deer. He saw only a couple of tines, but both were more than a foot long. And those 24 inches were backed up by lots more. ... READ MORE

Prone to Success

Prone to Success

By Greg Hicks

Ever since he decided to take off his training wheels and trade his compound for a recurve bow, Corey Bailey’s known that loosing an arrow is a wham-bam maneuver. Launching one from an almost prone position, however, isn’t exactly a move one practices. The bowhunter from Charenton, La., found himself in that situation in Kansas last fal... READ MORE

Arrow Worthy

Arrow Worthy

By Mike Handley

Avoyelles Parish Yields World Record to a Very Picky Bowhunter. The last time Mark Huval thought enough of a buck to put an arrow through it, Louisiana folk were still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. There was a different president, a different pope, and gasoline cost $2.10 a gallon. Six years is a long time to wait for t... READ MORE

Jiggling Does the Trick

Jiggling Does the Trick

By Peter Schoonmaker

Kansas Bowhunter’s Pre-rut Tip Gives Archery Pro New Ace for His Sleeve. A bowhunter is as good as his last shot, the culmination of scouting, strategy, perseverance, marksmanship and man-hours. Shawn Greathouse is Colorado’s director for the prestigious Archery Shooters Association. He shoots competitively the year ‘round. He fin... READ MORE

1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi...

1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi...

By Lisa Price

One Mississippi, two Mississippi … and so on, is one of the traditional methods of counting in a game of hide-and-seek. Whoever’s “IT” must rattle off the countdown before seeking those in hiding. Ricky Sullivan grew weary of being IT last season. Try as he might, the deer hunter from Meridian, Miss., could never find the o... READ MORE

Great Expectations (Met)

Great Expectations (Met)

By Robert Dugan

As I embarked on my second 2008 hunt with Paradise Adventures in Altoona, Kan., little did I know my life was about to change forever. My goal was to harvest a record-book buck. Since I missed that mark by a few inches in 2007, I felt I had to be sure this year’s buck would make the cut. My hunt began on a Friday afternoon with sightings of o... READ MORE

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