Rack Magazine

Phoning Ethan

Phoning Ethan

By Mike Handley

Ethan Vinson might forever rue the day he chose not to sit in a ladder stand behind his father’s house in south Georgia. He suspected it the moment the telephone rang — too early on a Sunday morning to be a casual call and hello. He knew it the moment he heard the smile in the voice on the other end of the line. “How’s your ... READ MORE

No Glasses Required

No Glasses Required

By Lisa Price

Louisiana bowhunter Rusty Thompson rubbed his eyes, shook his head, and then trudged to the swiss-cheesed target to pull out the spray of arrows. He couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t getting consistent groups. Almost halfway into his fifth decade on the planet, four of those as an archery addict, he’d never had setup problems like... READ MORE

The One That Didn’t Get Away

The One That Didn’t Get Away

By Rob Meade

Jerrode Jones and his fiancée, Kayla, like to spend summer evenings videotaping bucks in the bean fields of southern Ohio. In August 2011, the couple was sitting in a fencerow at dusk. They had just recorded several minutes of footage of a 150- to 160-class buck, and it was almost time to go. Jerrode was putting up the camera, when his sweet... READ MORE

Where the Clouds are Black and Bite

Where the Clouds are Black and Bite

By Jill J. Easton

When the worst that can happen if one tries and fails is the same as what will certainly happen by doing nothing, what is there to lose? Raif Richardson knew the risks of being seen when he threw caution to the wind and, doing his best Quasimodo imitation, began lumbering across the chest-high canola field to intercept a buck that he couldn’t... READ MORE

Unbeknownst

Unbeknownst

By Ed Waite

Buddies Carl Morris Jr. and Jeremy Martin were convinced that the bull of their woods was a photogenic 12-pointer with a gleaming white rack. Of the many deer their trail cameras photographed during the weeks leading up to Ohio’s 2011 season, the big 6x6 stood out like a Brahma in a goat pen. Understandably, that buck was at the top of their ... READ MORE

Curtain Call in Missouri

Curtain Call in Missouri

By Tim Lurk

Tim Lurk finally got the proverbial cigar when this 19-pointer came right to his lap on the final day of his 2011 bowhunt in northwestern Missouri. When my favorite time of year finally arrived in 2011, my dad, brother and I headed north of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., for some bowhunting. There’s nothing like those first 10 days of November. We&rsqu... READ MORE

Black Thursday

Black Thursday

By Travis Hogan

Colton Lowry’s 17-pointer from Norton County is the 30th largest Irregular felled by a rifleman in Kansas. The yard was like a parking lot, the farmer’s shop a veritable Wal-Mart on Black Friday. But it was the first Thursday in December, and the crowd wasn’t there to find a deal on a flatscreen TV or the must-have toy du jour. Th... READ MORE

Double Blessing

Double Blessing

By John W. Konkel

The first minute of my election-day 2012 hunt, and an 8-point buck was on the ground just 10 yards from me! A neck shot had dropped it, and for a freezer hunter like me, this was a pretty nice buck. Little did I know, however, that this basket-racked 4x4 would soon be dwarfed by another. I had hunted on Saturday, the muzzleloader opener, without an... READ MORE

Lemonade Never Tasted So Sweet

Lemonade Never Tasted So Sweet

By Scott Siefert

In 2012, my bosses and I decided to lease ground in Pike County, Ill. I’d lived there for two years, so I knew the area intimately, though I’d never hunted any of the private land. I knew that Pike County is a land of giants, the kind of place that could provide us all with deer of a lifetime. A good friend who I met while living in Ill... READ MORE

Trail Cameras Zoloft Dispenser?

Trail Cameras Zoloft Dispenser?

By Ed Waite

Scott Rawlings thought he’d never best the 173-inch drop-tined buck he arrowed in 2011. But that was before the bowhunter from Chillicothe, Ohio, checked a trail camera on Oct. 25. The photograph he retrieved put a spring back in his step. “By the end of September, I had not gotten a single picture of a buck on my Wildgame Innovations c... READ MORE

Dominant Eye, Dominant Buck

Dominant Eye, Dominant Buck

By Mike Handley

Discovering you’ve been shooting the wrong bow for 10 years is sort of like waking up to realize you’d rather wear pearls than a grunt call. Brady Scheffler might be comfortable with his choice of accessories, but he realized about a month before the 2012 deer season opened that he was far less certain of his shooting orientation. He&rs... READ MORE

Hand on Gloves

Hand on Gloves

By Lisa Price

Had three deer not crossed the road in front of Jamie Schesser’s truck a couple of days before the 2011 rifle season opened in Kansas, his nephew never would’ve considered sitting in a stand most family members had long written off as a waste of time. But one of those whitetails wore a very tall rack, so thick at the bases that the antl... READ MORE

Two Bucks, One Tag … and Completely Legal

Two Bucks, One Tag … and Completely Legal

By Lisa Price

Three days into Illinois’ 2011 bow season, Billy Foster glimpsed a stud of a buck at 70 yards. He saw it for only 30 seconds, but he was bowled over by the girth of the deer’s baseball bat-sized right main beam, which is why he nicknamed it Louisville. Completely besotted, he hated to go back home to El Dorado, Ark. While hunting the sa... READ MORE

Her Kingdom for X-Ray Vision!

Her Kingdom for X-Ray Vision!

By Gita M. Smith

Rhonda Farley’s arms were hurting. Big time. But whenever she tried to lower her muzzleloader for some relief, her hands would shake uncontrollably. For nearly half an hour, her arms and hands waged a silent war until, ultimately, she resorted to wedging her left elbow into her hip for support. All this for a buck whose rack she had not yet f... READ MORE

Antlers Maximus

Antlers Maximus

By Ed Waite

Call it kismet. Had Kenny Corwin arrived at his hunting spot a few minutes earlier or later last December, there would be one more 20-gauge shotshell in his box of slugs and quite a few more dollars in his bank account right now. In fact, the only thing that didn’t work out for the Ohio deer hunter in 2011 was that his kids weren’t with... READ MORE

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