2017: The Steve Davis Buck
By Ed Waite
Steve Davis doesn’t have a place of his own to bowhunt deer, so he must rely on the kindness of others. In 2016, he had permission to hunt a very small lot. Though the property had little to offer deer, Steve returned at every opportunity to sit in his stand with fingers crossed. He got lucky eventually, but not there. “As I was leaving... READ MORE
2016: The Doug Laird Doe
By Mike Handley
When Doug Laird of Russellville, Missouri, talks about the deer he shot in 2014, pronouns appear to jump the tracks. “A big buck came through at 9 a.m., about an hour before I normally leave the woods,” he says. “It had a small doe with it, and an 8-pointer was chasing her. The 8-pointer stopped broadside, right in a clearing. I p... READ MORE
2015: The David Howard Buck
By Dale Weddle
The story behind Kentucky’s winner of the 2015 Golden Laurel Citation.
The story about David Howard’s 2013 Kentucky buck, then a new runner-up to the state’s compound bow record, appeared in the winter (2014/2015) issue of Rack magazine.
The ink had barely dried when word began circulating that he’d topped it, that he&rsqu... READ MORE
2014: The Jim Cogar Buck
By Ed Waite
Long after most of Ohio’s deer hunters had either tagged out or quit because of the bone-chilling cold, 33-year-old Jim Cogar of Powell was still climbing into stands, hoping to see the rambling buck he’d been after since October. It was almost as if he couldn’t live with the thought of the deer walking past his empty stand.
When... READ MORE
2013: The Thad Cartwright Buck
By Thad Cartwright
When my dad, Todd, and I retrieved the first trail camera photograph of a giant buck in Sept. 2011, it was a typical 10-pointer with a considerable amount of junk sprouting from the bases of its antlers. It wasn’t the only decent buck photographed, but it was definitely the most unique. We put out several Wildgame Innovations cameras alongsid... READ MORE
2012: The Audrey Sharp Buck
By Audrey Sharp
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 asked me if I wanted to skip hunting and j... READ MORE