Rack Magazine

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

Signal Jammer

Signal Jammer

By Ed Waite

If you tried to call someone in Columbus, Ohio, between 7:00 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2011, and got an “all circuits are busy” message, blame Ronnie Stevens. By the time he’d finished calling all his friends that evening, his telephone was smoking; there was no skin left on his dialing thumb; and he was perilously close to having la... READ MORE

Home Run Off a 3-2 Count

Home Run Off a 3-2 Count

By Lisa Price

Bill Pulse might not be in the market for a new bow just yet, but it’s a safe bet he’ll acquire a bigger quiver and a new pack of broadheads. The Missouri bowhunter shoots an old second-hand compound bow for which he traded a spotting scope. His friends call it “The Banjo Tech.” “My Whisker Biscuit is so worn, it looks... READ MORE

2011’s Best Buck

2011’s Best Buck

By Jason Hoffard

Travis Cockburn winced whenever he heard a gun-shot during last November’s firearms season in Illinois. He, his brother and father weren’t the only hunters in Williamson County who knew a very large buck was hanging around their 80-acre hunting spot near Johnston City. The Cockburns knew because Trent, Travis’ brother, had decided... READ MORE

Another Vote for Trail Cameras

Another Vote for Trail Cameras

By Mike Lambeth

Oklahoma has been turning a lot of heads in recent years with the caliber of bucks it’s producing. And several of those noteworthy whitetails have been featured in the pages of this magazine. Before now, none were felled by a crossbow. Once permitted only for hunters with physical impairments, a regulation change two years ago made it legal f... READ MORE

Curve Ball

Curve Ball

By Ed Waite

You can take the man out of the hunt, but not the hunt out of the man. An Ohio real estate agent learned last year that the best way to hit a curve ball is to go out swinging. After severely injuring his hand and ulnar nerve during a bowhunting trip to Arizona early in 2011, Matt Sheterom thought he’d be sidelined for the rest of the sea... READ MORE

When a Man Loves a Farm

When a Man Loves a Farm

By Mike Handley

Meet Lenny Thoele, Illinois’ Newest State Park Advocate. While a lot of Illinois hunters are closed-mouthed about the public ground close to their farms, Lenny Thoele would probably draw you a map to the state park about a mile from his 170 acres in Macon County. The park doesn’t welcome deer hunters until Nov. 1, but it’s a white... READ MORE

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