September 27, 2016

(As written by Tommy Garner for North American Whitetail!  Thank you Jacob for sharing with us at the Big Buck Classic and thank you to Tommy for a wonderful article.  Congratulations from BBC!)

Today a giant whitetail can show up just about anywhere in deer country. We see them often in the pages of North American Whitetail, sometimes taken by first-time hunters who hit a stroke of luck.

Often hunters just happen to be at...

August 19, 2016

Jacob Ayecock won the 2016 Arkansas Big Buck Classic with a new State Record buck!!!!  

The Arkansas Big Buck Classic has enjoyed some memorable moments during its 26-year history, but none bigger than 2016 when it crowned a new state-record typical whitetail.

The buck, taken last November by Jacob Ayecock of Tillar, debuted at the Big Buck Classic in January, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

The state’s hunting message bo...

January 27, 2015

Hunter poised for giant's arrival

By Bryan Hendricks

The biggest buck killed in Arkansas last year appeared in daylight just once, and Don Kittler of Carlisle was waiting. 

The giant non-typical whitetail scored 207 7/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system, winning the 25th Big Buck Classic by a wide margin over a record class of trophy entries Sunday at Barton Coliseum.  Usually, the Big Buck Classic contributes about three...

March 3, 2014

Ryan Sullivan Buck: 212-Inch Arkansas Bruiser as written by Clay Newcomb   |   North American Whitetail



Ryan Sullivan was only 19 when, during the 2013 season, he arrowed an Arkansas buck of gigantic proportions. Like many of his fellow Arkansans, Ryan is a deer and duck fanatic. For several years, however, he gave up most of his duck season to lock horns with the w...

August 30, 2013

(As written by Clay Newcomb in North American Whitetail, August, 2013.

Congratulations Rhett and thank you for sharing your buck with folks at the Arkansas Big Buck Classic and hunting expo!)

Late last September, Rhett Butler ran into an old friend on his hunting club on the Mississippi River. And the friend, Don Baddhour, had a pointed question for him: “Rhett, are you hunting a specific buck?”

With a ting of reluctance, yet tru...

July 9, 2013

Mike Miller Buck: 215-Inch Arkansas Monarch

As written by Clay Newcomb for North American Whitetail

(An inspirational story & man!  Thank you Mike for sharing with us at Big Buck Classic!)

It was October 7, 2012, and a cold front had pushed through the eastern Arkansas Delta, dropping the temperature into the mid-50s. The low country heat had hovered in the 70s and 80s for the previous weeks, and this was the break that Mike Mill...

May 11, 2012

(Arkansas Muzzleloader Monster as written by: Clay Newcomb for North American Whitetail.  Congratulations Stacy! )

For the story of any whitetail hunt to be truly appreciated for what it is, it must be put into context and seen through the appropriate filter. The context here is first unveiled by stating that this was, in fact, a southern buck — one that grossed 216 inches. This is impressive in itself. To further gain perspec...

September 8, 2011

(As written by Kenn Young for Arkansas Sportsman.  Thank you to all the hunters that shared their stories and bucks with us at the Big Buck Classic!)

  Last season there were five deer taken in the Natural State that scored high enough to make the prestigious Boone & Crockett Club’s all-time record book. But there were others taken that were large enough to make any hunter’s heart beat faster.

So take a deep breath, and get read...

September 24, 2010

The Swamp Monster

September 24th, 2010 As written by Bryan Hendricks for Arkansas Sportsman

Davis Smith was looking for a good place to hunt on his new club in Phillips County when some of the members pointed him to the swamp. Who knew such a monster buck lived there? (September 2009)

By Bryan Hendricks

(Davis Smith’s swamp monster was just that. The rack sports a 12×11 frame with 29-inch-plus main beams that helped push the B&C...

September 1, 2010

It seems the quality of our bucks gets better every year. Check out these fine trophies from last season and see if you don’t agree.

(September 2010)  As written by Kenn Young for Arkansas Sportsman

Today there are more big deer being killed in the Natural State than at any time in our storied hunting past. These are not necessarily Booners, even though quite a few are, but they are the kind of bucks that cause people to gather...

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Jacob Ayecock’s 195-Inch Southern Smoker

September 27, 2016

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