Rack Magazine

Spot & 92-Day Stalk

Spot & 92-Day Stalk

By Scott Esker

While driving home from work on June 28, 2010, I passed three deer far out in a soybean field. Although I couldn’t see antlers from that distance, one of the animals seemed much bigger than the others. Curious, I turned around, stopped and peered at them through a spotting scope. The largest was a really good buck. Although it was still earl... READ MORE

My Son the Defibrillator

My Son the Defibrillator

By Steve Walkiewicz

Jersey bowhunter picks perfect day to ditch camcorder. In more than 25 years of bowhunting, I’ve been fortunate enough to take nine mountable deer, each buck larger than the one before it, which is my personal yardstick. The last whitetail I carried to the taxidermist was a 12-pointer I harvested in December 2007. It grossed 164 6/8 inches, w... READ MORE

Boston Butts Small Price to Pay …

Boston Butts Small Price to Pay …

By Mike Handley

For Bull of the Woods. Among the absolutes in life — death, taxes and Joan Rivers’ loyalty to her plastic surgeon — is Justin Moenkhoff’s whereabouts on opening day of Missouri’s firearms deer season. The 30-year-old from Oak Grove isn’t above striking a Faustian deal to ensure he sees the sunrise from a deer sta... READ MORE

When Fauna Fights Flora

When Fauna Fights Flora

By Mike Handley

Sometimes a guy just has to make his own luck. Pheromones and estrous doe scents might be akin to Cupid’s arrow, but whatever Pat Bates pours on bushes is more like Thor’s hammer. One whiff of the concoction will turn bucks into white-eyed defoliators, or, if they’re big and stupid enough to do battle with flora in front of Pat, i... READ MORE

One BIG Deer a Year

One BIG Deer a Year

By Jill J. Easton

It started with one of those telephone calls that either strikes terror or carries great tidings. In this case, it was excellent news. “We gotta talk, and you need to see the pictures of this buck,” said Michael Hanlon’s buddy, Mack Marsh. “I got a picture of a 20-plus-pointer going down the road. It’s awesome!” ... READ MORE

Walk a Mile in His Shoes?

Walk a Mile in His Shoes?

By Mike Handley

So many dead deer stories involve bucks taken right behind barns, inside subdivisions and in small tracts a person can cross in half a dozen strides that the age-old advice to hunt well beyond the beaten path seems almost worthless. But not to a 51-year-old printing press operator from Walker, Iowa. Kelly Doyl isn’t about to change his habit ... READ MORE

‘Er Gets Done

‘Er Gets Done

By Ed Waite

Fresh from a bout of buck fever, PA teen doesn’t make the same mistake twice. Sixteen-year-old Hanna Harris would’ve been positively gleeful if she’d shot the 6-pointer that passed by her deer stand on the morning of Pennsylvania’s 2010 rifle opener. The young buck was hers for the taking, too, but she watched it melt back i... READ MORE

Driving Mr. Lee

Driving Mr. Lee

By Jill J. Easton

Not every good deed goes punished. Being neighborly has its advantages. Tom Ross helps “Mr. Lee” Simms, an older across-the-road neighbor, with his hay, cows and fences, and he even takes him to the doctor. In return for his kindness, he gets to hunt the 40-acre pasture a mere 560 yards from his front door. The pasture, ringed by trees,... READ MORE

Grunting Counteracts ‘Tink’ and Miss

Grunting Counteracts ‘Tink’ and Miss

By Rory Leszczynski

I’d planned to go hunting after work on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. I had three spots in mind: where I’d found a beautiful 2-year-old, 8-point set of sheds the previous spring (about a 110-inch buck), a place that required a 35-minute drive and a 45-minute walk, and public ground where three nice bucks were rumored to be living. Wind direc... READ MORE

Not a Trace

Not a Trace

By Mike Handley

Scavengers don’t always win scavenger hunts. When 12-year-old Joshua Poland squeezed his .270’s trigger on Dec. 28, 2011, the gratification came much later. Unlike the targets he and his dad, Terry, plink with a .22 rimfire back home near Delhi, La., the buck did not twirl in the air. In this case, the palmettos swallowed it. Fifteen mi... READ MORE

To MAAAAH or Not to MAAAAH?

To MAAAAH or Not to MAAAAH?

By T. J. Pugh

Missouri bowhunter has only seconds to contemplate which card to play. It might’ve been dark when I headed out with my bow on Oct. 30, the first day of the 2010 youth firearms season, but I still felt like a giant pumpkin. As required during any of Missouri’s firearms seasons, I was wearing an orange vest en route to my stand near the s... READ MORE

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

By Ed Waite

Chris Miraglia’s Stark County 18-pointer is No. 7 among Ohio’s bow-taken Semi-irregulars. Chris Miraglia looked like one of George Romero’s zombies when he staggered into his suburban Ohio home on Oct. 24, 2011. Had it not been for the goofy grin underneath his bloody and creviced brow, his wife might’ve screamed. She almost... READ MORE

Making the Grade

Making the Grade

By Chad Zimmerman

Kansas kid excels at reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and rifles! Had my son Alex’s report card been less than exemplary back in December 2009, he would’ve gotten much more sleep on opening morning of the Kansas rifle season. He might’ve faced a home-cooked breakfast. And I might’ve come home from the woods with a gi... READ MORE

Bull Fight at Toobally

Bull Fight at Toobally

By David O’Farrell

Unwilling matadors thankful they weren’t first in the ring. The first morning of Steve Rider’s seven-day moose hunt, we spotted a bull bedded in swamp grass at the north end of the lake. We could see only antler tips rising above the grass, but enough so that we began slowly paddling closer. When our hopes for a better look were dashed ... READ MORE

Deery Detour

Deery Detour

By Mike Handley

A funny thing happened on the way to the doctor... Justin Hogan was wearing a fresh set of duds when he strolled into the doctor’s office two minutes late on Sept. 24, 2010, but they weren’t the clothes he’d donned when he left the house the first time. Rather than show up looking like a man who’d spent the night on the floo... READ MORE

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