Rack Magazine

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

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

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