Rack Magazine

Fourteen-Pointer Runs Out of Luck

Fourteen-Pointer Runs Out of Luck

By Ed Waite

Following the 2009 season, Spencer Forsythe was a perfect four-for-four in filling his tag on opening day. The first three deer were a bit easier on his nerves than this bull of the woods was. “I can’t believe you missed it,” Kyle Forsythe told his son, Spencer. “I’m sorry,” the boy replied. “I just can&rsq... READ MORE

No. 5 Topped Them All

No. 5 Topped Them All

By Richard P. Smith

Mark Hanna of Vulcan, Mich., passed up seven bulls before filling his tag with this 210-inch Manitoba bruiser, which had a 54-inch spread. The 1,600-pound animal was aged at 14 years old. Mark Hanna of Faithorn, Mich., a small community in the Upper Peninsula, bagged a huge bull moose in Manitoba in October 2010 that he was told has the highest sco... READ MORE

Smell of Success

Smell of Success

By Ed Waite

Adam Wireman’s Pike County, Ohio, buck is a mainframe 5x5 with six irregular points, enough to push it into the semi-irregular category. Had it not been for Adam Wireman’s mother, Dianne, his 2011 deer season would’ve ended very differently. Not only did she make it possible for him to scale his favorite ladder stand on Oct. 12, b... READ MORE

What a Way to Break-in a New Bow!

What a Way to Break-in a New Bow!

By Lisa L. Price

Proof that BOW FEVER is contagious! Mark Woller has his son, Eric, to thank for rekindling his interest in bowhunting. Eric’s newfound enthusiasm for archery was not only contagious, but it also led to Mark’s replacing his 20-year-old bow. “I’d been too busy with other obligations to do any bowhunting for a few years,”... READ MORE

Potts Was Right!

Potts Was Right!

By Greg Wood

I’m 51 years old, a mill electrician who has been bowhunting for 34 years. To say that I have a passion for big bucks is an understatement. On Nov. 8, 2011, in Brown County, Kan., rain (4 inches) kept us from hunting all day, also keeping deer movement to a minimum. That night, we went to bed with rain still falling. We awoke at 4:30 a.m. to ... READ MORE

A Slug With Moose’s Name On It

A Slug With Moose’s Name On It

By Rob Meade

Sixteen-year-old blind in Ohio finally produces! In 1994, Butch Follick built an elevated box blind on his 80-acre Preble County, Ohio, property. The purpose of this blind was to help introduce his son, Jake, to the wonderful world of whitetail hunting. “The Condo,” as the stand became known, was the go-to place for the father-son team ... READ MORE

Nothing Ventured

Nothing Ventured

By Ed Waite

Sometimes, gaining access is as simple as rolling down the window and asking. He’d been told the landowners never allowed hunting on their property, and that was all Dave Shanabarger of Canton, Ohio, needed to hear to deep-six his desire to hunt there. Continually taunted, however, by a buck wearing 200 or more inches of antler, he exhumed h... READ MORE

Thanks, Neighbor

Thanks, Neighbor

By Jason Gray

Growing up on a Saskatchewan farm, I never found the time to go hunting. My dad was not a hunter, for one thing, and any spare time was spent feeding cows or doing other odd jobs. When I was just about out of high school, my close neighbor, Don Klippenstein, who has always been an avid hunter, asked me to go hunting with him and another n... READ MORE

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

By Mike Handley

The BTR’s first and only entry from New Mexico! It’s obvious the late singer-songwriter Jim Croce never bowhunted New Mexico’s high plains. If he had, sneaking up on a deer would’ve rated right up there with tugging on Superman’s cape, spittin’ in the wind and pullin’ the mask off that ol’ Lone Ranger... READ MORE

Longest Sunday in the Bowhunting World

Longest Sunday in the Bowhunting World

By Lisa L. Price

The dead deer might as well have been a Buick. Chris Edwards, only an inch shorter and 25 pounds heavier than NBA great Larry Bird, who used to frequent his family’s bait shop in French Lick, Ind., couldn’t budge it. Even a second set of arms and legs were of no use. “Go get Shirley,” he told his young bowhunting protege, Ja... READ MORE

Woozy Doesn’t Begin to Describe It

Woozy Doesn’t Begin to Describe It

By Lisa L. Price

Arkansas man gets first taste of bowhunter’s aftershock Being in the presence of a slammer buck can do strange things to people. You might think your breathing rivals the ocean’s surf, or that your heartbeat echoes like the pounding of an ivory-billed woodpecker. And it’s inconceivable that the deer you’re watching, unless i... READ MORE

One Good Turn …

One Good Turn …

By Jill J. Easton

Happenstance and a snort-weeze are the undoing for Virginia’s State Bow Record. Had John Feazell not loaned his muzzleloader to his father on the eve of Virginia’s 2009 blackpowder season, you’d be looking at another whitetail on this page. The same goes for John’s aborted scouting trip, which might’ve resulted in his ... READ MORE

Good Things Come...

Good Things Come...

By Ed Waite

One of Ohio’s best-ever by crossbow. Jeff McCulley would’ve been elated to burn his 2009 buck tag on the wide and tall-tined 8-pointer that had given him the slip all season. It was the biggest he’d seen on the 25 acres for which he’d gained permission to hunt through a fishing buddy who knew the landowners. The 41-year-old ... READ MORE

Blambidextrous

Blambidextrous

By Lisa L. Price

Rather than spook the buck of his dreams, devout archer sacrifices bow range for a long poke. It’s a good thing Troy Tate packed his rifle when he returned to Kansas in December 2010, even though the avid bowhunter never intended to unsheathe it. The only reason he carried it afield that one day was because the wind’s direction was comp... READ MORE

Dripping With Bone

Dripping With Bone

By Ed Waite

When Steve Esker knelt in the high weeds, he could’ve been looking for blood. Or not. From almost 180 yards away, a jittery Travis Vollmar couldn’t tell exactly what his friend was doing. But when Steve stood, raised his arms and clasped his hands over his head, Travis knew. This was better than blood. Better than tracks. He sprinted ba... READ MORE

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