Rack Magazine

Mother Lode

Mother Lode

By Ed Waite

This West Virginia coal miner found the mother lode of antler last December. Brandon Duncan wasn’t overly impressed the first time he laid eyes on the deer that landed him in this magazine. That was in 2014, when the buck was considerably smaller. The deer he wanted to kill that season was bigger, so he considered this one his second choice a... READ MORE

Missouri Mood Changer

Missouri Mood Changer

By Mike Handley

Self-proclaimed grumpy old man forgets how to frown, if only for a day. Except for a half-hour during the morning of Nov. 10, the 2014 bow season wasn’t particularly memorable for Tom Ciak, the graying and bearded proprietor of Big Bird’s Bait and Bows in Maryville, Missouri. His customers don’t call him Tom. To them, he’s B... READ MORE

Field Goal

Field Goal

By Mike Handley

Sometimes the best nickname for a buck is staring you in the face. Strong brow tines (or eye guards) are the exception rather than the rule on the 100 acres William Bidwell owns and hunts in northern Cherokee County, Oklahoma. So it was a big deal when, in June 2014, he retrieved trail camera photographs of a buck wearing twin P1s that looked every... READ MORE

Out of the Mist

Out of the Mist

By Ken Kastely

Nonresident’s nearly 400-inch bull one of two that scramble Pennsylvania’s elk records in 2011. After seven years of throwing my name in the hat, I finally drew one of 18 coveted Pennsylvania bull elk tags in 2011. Almost 19,000 people had put in for it. In their attempt to notify me, wildlife officials found my father Bela’s tele... READ MORE

One Man’s Trash

One Man’s Trash

By Lisa Price

A $65 pawnshop bow, a determined nephew and a missed shot at an 8-pointer combine for a life-changing buck. It’s said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this old adage was never truer than it’s been for Jim Hohensee of Abilene, Kansas. One man’s trash was an old compound bow. “I work for a big... READ MORE

Extra Tines

Extra Tines

By Ed Waite

Now here’s a buck that’ll make anyone phone home. Bob Sisler obtained permission to hunt a central Ohio farm in the late summer of 2012. As soon as practical, he and his brother, Roger, scouted the property to learn the lay of the land and to look for deer sign and potential ambush points. They also put out trail cameras. Of all the pho... READ MORE

Rain Deer

Rain Deer

By Ed Waite

Sometimes you curse the weather. Sometimes you thank it. Gunnar Petry of Macksburg spent much of Ohio’s 2013 deer season hoping for a shot at a big nocturnal whitetail photographed by a trail camera. He wound up settling for a really nice 10-pointer in the 140s. During the late muzzleloader season that year, he took his younger brother huntin... READ MORE

Kismet for Kimmi

Kismet for Kimmi

By John E. Phillips

Borrowed stand and grounded son combine to pit Kansas rifleman against the buck of his dreams. Forty-four-year-old Gene Kimmi of Lancaster, Kansas, and his cousin, Jason, have 400 timbered acres adjacent to a quarter-mile-wide and mile-long strip of CRP. The property also has a small pond, and both corn and soybean fields are nearby. The whitetails... READ MORE

Fish Hook

Fish Hook

By John E. Phillips

A buck with a name pays the ultimate price for feeling a little too cozy. Where’s Colton?” Brad Geren of Windom, Kansas, asked his wife, Shari. “Downstairs, I guess,” she replied. When he didn’t find Colton there, Brad continued searching until he realized his son’s truck wasn’t outside. He deduced that if ... READ MORE

Poster Buck

Poster Buck

By Dale Weddle

Kentucky outfitter hopes velvet giant will help put his new operation on the map. An aspiring outfitter can’t buy enough advertising to get the same kind of attention one dead buck can bring, if the deer’s really special. When Luke Carswell, a former deer guide, decided to be his own boss and open 7 Bar Outfitters in eastern Kentucky, h... READ MORE

The Taxidermy Yardstick

The Taxidermy Yardstick

By John E. Phillips

Illinois hunter waits more than four decades to spring for a mount, and spring he did! It took only 42 years for Neil Best of Edwardsville, Illinois, to seek the services of a taxidermist. And the veteran deer hunter darkened the shop’s door twice in 2014. His first trip followed his harvesting a 7-pointer with his bow on Nov. 12. It had wand... READ MORE

Heavy D

Heavy D

By Darren Warner

The deer with a rapper’s name gets 187ed on its way to a Happy Meal. Adam Hupf knew a southerly breeze could wreck his hunt, and he wondered if sitting in his bow stand would do more harm than good. The wind wasn’t exactly bad, but it wasn’t ideal. Figuring he wouldn’t get many opportunities at the buck locals had nicknamed ... READ MORE

Heads You Win

Heads You Win

By Duncan Dobie

Getting first choice of stands and choosing the most likely is no guarantee for a deer hunter. What if you could flip a coin for the opportunity to hunt a giant buck, win the toss, and be guaranteed a chance at that very buck? Sounds simple, but it’s a little more complicated than that. As the Downs brothers learned a few years ago, you can l... READ MORE

Buck Bartering

Buck Bartering

By Dale Weddle

Trading a warm bed for a deer stand is a small price to pay for a dream buck. The big buck ran about 30 yards, stopped, and then slowly disappeared into the fog. Trey Hutchison thought his arrow might have struck it low, but he wasn’t sure. Either way, he called his dad. When Jim Hutchison arrived shortly thereafter, he listened to his 16-yea... READ MORE

Stick & String

Stick & String

By Greg Hicks

Kansas gets a new king for one of its hills. Lynn Beaty, a “semi-retired” logger from Haughton, Louisiana, discovered the perfect bow setup nearly 50 years ago, and he still sees no reason to switch to curved limbs or cams. Lynn and four buddies from northwest Louisiana spend a fair amount of time bowhunting deer in Kansas. They have ac... READ MORE

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