Rack Magazine

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

What a Difference 668 Days Make!

What a Difference 668 Days Make!

By Ed Waite

It’s probably a good thing Troy Johnson’s luck wasn’t so good in 2008. Ditto for 2009. While the Ohio bowhunter would’ve been very happy to stick a 165-inch whitetail in 2008, or the same deer — only 25 inches bigger — in 2009, doing so would’ve robbed him of being one of 2010’s inductees into the BTR... READ MORE

Lights, Action … BOW

Lights, Action … BOW

By Mike Handley

One minute, 37 seconds, from the magnificent buck’s surefooted arrival to its hasty and wobbly departure. That’s how much video footage a pair of teenagers recorded of the biggest whitetail to come out of Knox County, Ohio, in seven years. Brothers a year apart, one filmed while the other shot it with his bow. The excellent clip, which ... READ MORE

Ethan’s Teepee

Ethan’s Teepee

By Lisa Price

Doug Dorff of Carlyle, Ill., passed up an iffy shot at this buck in 2009. When the stars aligned two seasons later, there was nothing but 70 yards of air between hunter and hunted. Aw, not again. What, is this our fourth child?” asked Joni Dorff, as her husband, Doug, tenderly buckled the buck rack into a passenger seat in the family minivan.... READ MORE

He Chot Him

He Chot Him

By Ed Waite

Remembering to cock the hammer is as important as keeping your powder dry! Rob Thies must’ve sounded like Troy Landry from “Swamp People,” only without the South Louisiana accent.Instead of wrestling an angry alligator on a line, Rob and his 9-year-old son, Trey, were deer hunting in Indiana, and they were staring at huge buck jus... READ MORE

Carpe Deerum

Carpe Deerum

By Ed Waite

Have Weather, Will Hunt... Given the choice between going to a classroom and taking a final exam or spending opening morning of the firearms season in a treestand, is there any doubt which a deer hunter will do? For Andrew Cooper of Hillsborough, Ohio, the decision wasn’t exactly a no-brainer. Until the moment he went to bed on Nov. 28, he wa... READ MORE

The Year Seth Didn’t Quit

The Year Seth Didn’t Quit

By Seth Bisbee

My dad set out a trail camera in 2010, and we got a few photographs of a young, but impressive 5x5. I wasn’t really salivating over the deer, but there was no way I was going to pass it up if I ever got the chance with my bow. My uncle made a ground blind and concealed it next to a slough. He got a chance at the 10-pointer, but missed. That w... READ MORE

You Know What They Say About Cats...

You Know What They Say About Cats...

By Ed Waite

Curiosity might well have been this whitetail’s undoing. Alek Muladore might be the only deer hunter to have gasped and huffed his way into the record books. So shaken by the buck beyond his .410 shotgun’s bead last fall, the 8-year-old’s breathing was more like that of a woman in labor. It was even loud enough for the giant white... READ MORE

New York’s Scrape Doctor

New York’s Scrape Doctor

By Mike Canale

I’ll never forget the sun glistening off the largest rack of the four bucks that were challenging each other in the meadow west of my treestand. That was during the waning 2010 archery season. It was close to 11 a.m., and I’d just come down from my treestand within in a copse of pines when I saw them. To prevent being seen by the randy ... READ MORE

Who’s Your MOMMY?

Who’s Your MOMMY?

By Mike Handley

We’ve come a long way, baby. Or have we? The Cabela’s parking lot was full of men looking for a back to slap. They’d gathered around a pickup truck to gawk at a buck wearing nearly 200 inches of antler, and after wiping the drool from their chins, they cast about for the one man who looked most like a cat with a mouthful of canary... READ MORE

Pronghorn Double Play

Pronghorn Double Play

By Mike Lambeth

Might seem easy, but world-class antelope are needles in very big haystacks. The magnificent slanted-horn pronghorn stared intently at me from 70 yards. His ominous glare let me know I was an unwelcomed guest in his environ. My heart raced as I tried to steady my crosshairs on his tan-and-white frame, now facing directly toward me — just like... READ MORE

Surcharge Louisiana Style

Surcharge Louisiana Style

By Greg Hicks

When L.E. Bower’s granddaughter, Brandi, chose to go shopping rather than hunting on Dec. 27, 2009, she had no idea the decision would cost her an extra buck. While Brandi was busy finding ways to spend money that was burning a hole in her pocket that Sunday, her grandfather decided to do a little scouting, which, in Louisiana, means restokin... READ MORE

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