Rack Magazine

Boston Butts Small Price to Pay …

Boston Butts Small Price to Pay …

By Mike Handley

For Bull of the Woods. Among the absolutes in life — death, taxes and Joan Rivers’ loyalty to her plastic surgeon — is Justin Moenkhoff’s whereabouts on opening day of Missouri’s firearms deer season. The 30-year-old from Oak Grove isn’t above striking a Faustian deal to ensure he sees the sunrise from a deer sta... READ MORE

When Fauna Fights Flora

When Fauna Fights Flora

By Mike Handley

Sometimes a guy just has to make his own luck. Pheromones and estrous doe scents might be akin to Cupid’s arrow, but whatever Pat Bates pours on bushes is more like Thor’s hammer. One whiff of the concoction will turn bucks into white-eyed defoliators, or, if they’re big and stupid enough to do battle with flora in front of Pat, i... READ MORE

One BIG Deer a Year

One BIG Deer a Year

By Jill J. Easton

It started with one of those telephone calls that either strikes terror or carries great tidings. In this case, it was excellent news. “We gotta talk, and you need to see the pictures of this buck,” said Michael Hanlon’s buddy, Mack Marsh. “I got a picture of a 20-plus-pointer going down the road. It’s awesome!” ... READ MORE

Walk a Mile in His Shoes?

Walk a Mile in His Shoes?

By Mike Handley

So many dead deer stories involve bucks taken right behind barns, inside subdivisions and in small tracts a person can cross in half a dozen strides that the age-old advice to hunt well beyond the beaten path seems almost worthless. But not to a 51-year-old printing press operator from Walker, Iowa. Kelly Doyl isn’t about to change his habit ... READ MORE

‘Er Gets Done

‘Er Gets Done

By Ed Waite

Fresh from a bout of buck fever, PA teen doesn’t make the same mistake twice. Sixteen-year-old Hanna Harris would’ve been positively gleeful if she’d shot the 6-pointer that passed by her deer stand on the morning of Pennsylvania’s 2010 rifle opener. The young buck was hers for the taking, too, but she watched it melt back i... READ MORE

Driving Mr. Lee

Driving Mr. Lee

By Jill J. Easton

Not every good deed goes punished. Being neighborly has its advantages. Tom Ross helps “Mr. Lee” Simms, an older across-the-road neighbor, with his hay, cows and fences, and he even takes him to the doctor. In return for his kindness, he gets to hunt the 40-acre pasture a mere 560 yards from his front door. The pasture, ringed by trees,... READ MORE

Grunting Counteracts ‘Tink’ and Miss

Grunting Counteracts ‘Tink’ and Miss

By Rory Leszczynski

I’d planned to go hunting after work on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. I had three spots in mind: where I’d found a beautiful 2-year-old, 8-point set of sheds the previous spring (about a 110-inch buck), a place that required a 35-minute drive and a 45-minute walk, and public ground where three nice bucks were rumored to be living. Wind direc... READ MORE

Not a Trace

Not a Trace

By Mike Handley

Scavengers don’t always win scavenger hunts. When 12-year-old Joshua Poland squeezed his .270’s trigger on Dec. 28, 2011, the gratification came much later. Unlike the targets he and his dad, Terry, plink with a .22 rimfire back home near Delhi, La., the buck did not twirl in the air. In this case, the palmettos swallowed it. Fifteen mi... READ MORE

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