Rack Magazine

Battling “Buckachers”

Battling “Buckachers”

By Daniel Crane

I was 14 years old when I finally learned why my family was gaga over deer hunting. I didn’t shoot one that year, but I did tag a 10-pointer with my 12-gauge Remington during my second season. Despite my early success and countless trips, I waited a long time to put my crosshairs on a real wallhanger. Early during Indiana’s 2009 season,... READ MORE

Same Stand, Same Day

Same Stand, Same Day

By Ed Waite

Dad’s Best & Son’s First. Ohio’s 2009 gun season was rapidly winding down; it was Saturday with only Sunday remaining. The season had been pretty much a bust for Leonard Bakker and his son, Travis. Leonard had set up a two-person treestand on 65 acres of private land in Clinton County in southwestern Ohio. “I had taken o... READ MORE

The Mother Lode

The Mother Lode

By Mike Handley

John Bruno found the mother lode on a Missouri coal mine’s property last November, but what he took home in his truck was fit more for stoking a taxidermist’s wallet than a furnace. Because John’s father is president of the coal-fired power plant’s union, he’s among the few who have permission to hunt some of the facil... READ MORE

Happy Dancer

Happy Dancer

By Audrey Sharp

Winner of the 2012 Golden Laurel Citation I didn’t sleep well on the Friday night before Indiana’s 2011 firearms opener. My husband, Jerry, had agreed to stay home with our daughters so I could go hunting with my dad, Tim Ostrander, and I was excited. I awoke at 4:30 a.m., got ready and was at my parents’ home an hour later. Dad a... READ MORE

Elude Me Twice...

Elude Me Twice...

By Jill J. Easton

This Okie buck had a death wish! When Brent Smith drove up to the wheat field south of Ringling, Okla., where he normally hunts, a pickup was circling the area. He waited a few minutes, but the truck didn’t go away. Disgusted, he moved to another spot near Mud Creek. By the time he got there, the sun was already climbing above the eastern hor... READ MORE

Wake-up Call

Wake-up Call

By Ed Waite

It’s okay to sleep in a deer blind, just as long as you have an alarm clock who answers to “Dad.” Macc McClain’s eyelids have never been as heavy as they were on Nov. 21, when he and his father, Norm, shared a makeshift blind on Aunt Marion’s Logan County farm. The 10th-grader found it difficult to keep his eyes open, ... READ MORE

The “$61,000” Buck

The “$61,000” Buck

By Ed Waite

Photo: Twelve-year-old Seth Williams poses with the first of two bucks he shot last year in Wisconsin. He was with his dad, Mark, inside a turkey blind, when the tall-tined whitetail showed its gray face. One of the most e-mailed photographs to arrive in deer hunters’ inboxes last year was of a boy straddling an enormous whitetail in the back... READ MORE

If You Can Lead a Buck to Eat...

If You Can Lead a Buck to Eat...

By Ed Waite

And to think the 5x5 was a shooter FIVE RACKS EARLIER! Ron Macak of Milwaukee bought two parcels of land in Iron County, Wis., in the mid-1990s. One was 13 acres, where a cabin stood; the other was 40 acres of hardwoods and a cedar swamp. Finding a pair of 5-point sheds behind his cabin in 2005 was enough to convince him to concentrate on the small... READ MORE

Tracks in the Mud

Tracks in the Mud

By David O’Farrell

With a noggin scoring 23 5⁄16 inches, Bruce Brown’s old boar was the largest grizzly taken in the Yukon in 2010. The tracks in the mud were dimpled by the rain of a couple of days earlier, meaning we were at least three days too late. We found them off the main river, on a gravel bar almost six miles up Lowel Creek, which drai... READ MORE

Two Years in the Taking

Two Years in the Taking

By Travis Hogan

Bladed Norton County buck shatters 12-year-old Kansas record. The taste of tag soup might be foreign to Wes Eagleburger, but notching his 2009 Kansas tag wasn’t nearly as appetizing as he’d hoped. Wes always gets a deer. And more often than not, he winds up with a great buck, which doesn’t go unnoticed by his friends. They like ... READ MORE

Grin and Deer It

Grin and Deer It

By Mike Handley

It was the worst and best of days... Ryan Bearden was disgusted and ready to go someplace else, anyplace else, maybe even back to his warm motel room. Though 2010 was the Alabamian’s third year to make the almost 500-mile drive to Ohio, he’d hunted this Highland County farm only once before that cold Dec. 18. All he really knew about th... READ MORE

West of the Wabash

West of the Wabash

By Jill J. Easton

An automobile dealership isn’t the kind of place usually associated with hunting. But a friendship between Derrick Bulkley, co-owner of Expressway Auto Mall in Mount Vernon, Ind., and Justin Jones, a technician who worked there, gave Derrick the opportunity to shoot an outstanding Illinois buck with his muzzleloader in 2009. While both worke... READ MORE

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

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