Big Bucks

Read expert advice from hunters who consistently shoot big bucks, and browse through success stories about big bucks in this section of Whether you like to simply see pictures of big bucks with large antlers, or you want to read advice for getting a shot on the biggest bucks in your area, this is the column for you. For more big bucks, choose from our best three big-buck books today.

– Tom Miranda, Whitetail SLAM: The Rut Hunters
– Pat and Nicole Reeve: Trophy Whitetails.
– Duncan Dobie: Legendary Whitetails III.

Walter Dowdle with his massive Alabama buck.

Dowdle Buck Came Late, But Definitely a Stunner

Walter Dowdle got to the hunting club late but still had enough time to see the buck of a lifetime and squeeze off a shot. He may not be able to top this giant buck, his best in 38 years of chasing deer. The mainframe 12-point has a few extra stickers and some non-scoring...

Alex LeBlanc of Louisiana with his possible state record 204-inch buck.

Gigantic 204-inch Buck Could Be New State Record

When December rolls around in Louisiana a couple of things are on most folks’ minds in the Pelican State: duck hunting, cool weather for deer hunting, the upcoming Mardi Gras and joy or frustration depending on the LSU Bengal Tigers’ football season. So with temperatures in an unseasonably warm range on Dec. 20, Alex...

Dr. Jeffrey Lusk with his Mississippi River island 183-inch 16-point buck.

What a Difference a Year Makes for Monster 183-inch Buck

Dr. Jeffry Lusk pretty much planned things out but, as we know, making plans when you’re dealing with big white-tailed bucks is kind of like building a bridge with twigs. Everything can go right and you get a gorgeous twig bridge. Or you do one thing wrong and it collapses. Ditto with dealing with...

Aaron Carter with the NRA is geared up, after about 15 minutes or more of prep, for his afternoon in a ground blind in Kansas. Harsh conditions call for careful planning and good apparel to ward off bone-chilling temperatures.

Southern Blood, Kansas Cold and Preparing for the Clash

Being an ol’ southern boy, deer hunting in Kansas temperatures dipping into the teens or lower combined with teeth-chattering wind riding an Arctic wave and blasting out of the Rockies is quite an experience. Unlike my co-workers who live in Wisconsin and deal with real winter conditions each year, we don’t have anything like...

Willie Hettinger of Montana loves bowhunting for big bucks.

Unique Deer, Unique Country in Kansas

Just west of Alva in northwest Oklahoma, the two-lane state highway begins climbing a bit until it tops out on a small ridge. If you slow down a bit and take it all in, the expanse of rugged terrain stretching toward the skinny Panhandle is mesmerizing. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor Stark, of course,...

Joe Akin of Alabama with 15-point buck killed in Tennessee in late November.

Akin’s 15-Point Grassy Knoll Buck Kept Him Guessing

Joe Akin of Alabama was hunting in late November with his father and a good friend up in Tennessee on private land and had one of those days they’ll talk about for many years. Akin provided us with his story about the successful hunt and his big buck. By Joe Akin My dad reported...