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Whopper Whitetails — Some of The Biggest Bucks in the Wild On Record

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MANY HUNTERS KILL TROPHY DEER EACH YEAR IN THE WILD, BUT VERY FEW MANAGE TO TAKE BUCKS LIKE THESE ONE-OF-A-KIND MONSTERS.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST WHITETAIL BUCKS EVER KILLED BY A HUNTER IN THE WILD

Tennessee native Stephen Tucker set a new record in 2016 with a 47-point trophy whitetail. The 27-year-old farmer and avid deer hunter from Gallatin, Tennessee, shot the deer with a muzzleloader in November. The buck was measured on the Boone & Crockett scale as 312 3⁄8 inches.

ONE OF THE HEAVIEST WHITETAIL EVER KILLED IN THE WILD

On a cold November day in 1926, Carl Lenander Jr. dropped a monstrous Minnesota buck with a single shot. Field-dressed, the deer weighed 402 pounds. The state Conservation Department calculated its live weight to be 511 pounds. One of the heaviest whitetail deer recorded.

THE HANSON BUCK

Whitetail history is filled with landmark events, but perhaps none more noteworthy than the one occurring on the morning of November 23, 1993. That day, Saskatchewan rifle hunter Milo Hanson killed a tremendous 14-pointer that would be certified as a World’s Record in the typical category of the Boone and Crockett (B&C) record book. The monster received a final panel score of 213 5/8 net points. The record had previously been held by the James Jordan buck, shot in Wisconsin in 1914.

There’s an interesting side note to Hanson’s story. When he spotted the huge whitetail during a “bush push” — a term Saskatchewan hunters use to describe a deer drive — he almost shot off one antler, something that would have excluded the deer from the record books.

If Hanson had shot that antler off, it would have been the deer that almost was the world record.

THE MISSOURI MONARCH

Hunter David Beckman was driving in St. Louis County, Mo., in November 1981 when he spotted an amazing non-typical whitetail. The deer was already dead, but its outstanding rack caught Beckman’s eye. There was one problem — the dead buck was lying inside a fence on private property, and he couldn’t legally retrieve it.

Beckman enlisted the help of conservation agent Michael Helland, who obtained permission from the landowner to recover the carcass. The deer apparently died of natural causes and had an amazing rack with 44 points.

The buck, now known as “The Missouri Monarch,” was officially scored at 333 7/8 points and was recognized as the new World’s Record non-typical whitetail at the Boone and Crockett Club’s 1983 Awards Program. It is truly a “one-in-a-million” whitetail scored in the wild.

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