Rack Magazine

Where the Tractors Don’t Go

Where the Tractors Don’t Go

By John E. Phillips

This Kansas deer hunter knows the value of untilled ‘scrap’ land. When looking for deer hunting ground, David Yutzy of Nickerson, Kansas, doesn’t seek out traditional blocks or farms. He’s not interested in leasing land he can’t hunt in order to have a sliver he can. “I hunt the scraps,” he says, “sma... READ MORE

Three Do-overs

Three Do-overs

By John E. Phillips

It took five bullets in five years for this Mississippian to find a cure for insomnia. Eddie Harrell of Lena, Mississippi, had a five-year history with the whitetail he shot in December 2015. “I called him Phantom, and I dreamed about that deer at night. A day never passed that I didn’t think about him,” Eddie said. “He was ... READ MORE

Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

By Mike Handley

Bow and early blackpowder seasons aren’t the only yielders of velvet bucks in Kansas. Clayton Brummer’s days of unsheathing his deer rifle in September are finished. Now that he’s 17, he’ll have to wait for December to shoulder his beloved .300 Ultra Mag, which – in his capable hands – can turn out a deer’s... READ MORE

Train Wreck

Train Wreck

By Ed Waite

Might take only one hunter to shoot a deer, but a community is sometimes required to recover it. Chad Durfey’s story begins when he took his daughter, Julia, trail riding behind their house in late July 2015. “We were just sharing some father-daughter time,” Chad said. “As we neared the river, we saw a group of deer feeding ... READ MORE

Finally, a Buck with a Name

Finally, a Buck with a Name

By John E. Phillips

Mid-November bowhunt in Toto’s Land ends with the slaying of a giant. Allen Shelton has been a fan of trail cameras for years. Even so, he was shocked to see an enormous buck among his photos in 2013. Although he lives in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, which routinely yields giant whitetails, he’d never seen a deer that big on his propert... READ MORE

Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

By Dale Weddle

Twenty yards separates the chalk outlines of this Kentuckian’s first and best bucks. If a deer hunter is lucky, he or she has a favorite spot that produces year after year, a place so rich in memories that they sometimes blur into one big never-ending hunt. Luke Carswell was walking along in the morning fog in such a place in 2015 when he sho... READ MORE

Recalculating

Recalculating

By Lisa Price

Contour lines, a wind change and rubs with attitude combine to reprogram this deer hunter’s internal GPS. If there are big bucks in an area, Ken Courington will exhaust all legal means to put himself within shooting range of one. The 67-year-old Florida contractor begins by studying topographical maps. And if scouting confirms what a bird&r... READ MORE

There’s Always Next Year

There’s Always Next Year

By Dale Weddle

Don’t be too eager to hang up your camo and shove your boots in the closet. Less than a week after watching helplessly as the buck of his dreams hurried out of his life, Kentucky bowhunter Kasey Alexander got a rare chance to rewrite his story’s ending. Kasey has a knack for connecting with big farmland bucks in western Kentucky. The ... READ MORE

This is Going to Hurt

This is Going to Hurt

By Ed Waite

Tattooee’s change of heart allows Kansan to use a different tool to paint a shoulder red. After an afternoon of glassing deer in fields near their hunting property, Jed States and his brother, Magnus, took a different route home. They’d seen several bucks in the 150s and 160s, so they were already excited about their prospects for the 2... READ MORE

Lone Star Long Shots

Lone Star Long Shots

By Mike Handley

Would-be WMA hunters face 30-to-1 odds for a foot in the door. If drawn, they must then shoot TWO does before they can even think about punching a buck tag. It’s probably easier to win a multi-stage immunity challenge on the reality TV show “Survivor” than it is to legally shoot a buck – small or large – inside the Lon... READ MORE

The Buck That Wasn’t

The Buck That Wasn’t

By Mike Handley

Here’s a deer. Here's its steeple. Open it up, and ... Whoa, Mama! 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 w... READ MORE

Tube Music

Tube Music

By Mike Handley

Oklahoman uses deerspeak to lure 17-pointer into the light. If four decades have taught Dean Holbrook anything about the deer hiding among the slick hills of Kiowa County, Oklahoma, it’s that the bucks are almost completely nocturnal until the very air reeks of doe. Almost. That’s why the 52-year-old farmer from Lawton rarely hunts with... READ MORE

Yes, It’s THAT Big

Yes, It’s THAT Big

By Ed Waite

Bowhunting gains a new totem for its pole, another from Ohio and a new No. 2. Dan Coffman agreed to be a bowhunting mentor to his good friend, Josh Terry, in the summer of 2014. Soon afterward, Josh gained permission for them to hunt 400 acres in central Ohio. The guys devoted many hours to scouting the land and identifying potential stand sites. T... READ MORE

The Fourth R

The Fourth R

By Mike Handley

Reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic are followed by rut in this corner of Ohio. Most teenagers who want a day off from school must feign an upset stomach, a sore throat, or devise a way to make a thermometer show a fever. Sixteen-year-old Austin Etherington of Piqua, Ohio, had merely to ask his mother. His reason – and she wanted one ... READ MORE

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

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