NEW WORLD RECORD?on Feb 14, 2013
Original story and images courtesy of Scott Bestul and fieldandstream.com
Boone and Crockett officials confirmed that they’ve received a score sheet from an Indiana buck that could threaten the mark for the largest hunter-killed non-typical whitetail of all time. The buck, shot on Nov. 17, 2012, in Huntington County, Ind, is rumored to have scored 309-7/8 inches. Currently, the largest nontypical whitetail shot by a hunter was killed by Tony Lovstuen near Albia, Iowa, in 2007. That buck scored 307-5/8 inches. B&C also recognizes found or “picked up” heads; the world record is an Ohio buck that measured 333-7/8 inches.
Though B&C has received a score sheet from a veteran, official measurer, they’re waiting to view pictures and a video tape of the rack to confirm the buck was scored properly. Measuring a non-typical, particularly one of this size and caliber, can be a complicated process. B&C officials would review the tape before affirming the scoring process was correct, and the buck would still have to be panel-scored before an official proclamation was made.
Only time will tell if this massive rack becomes the new World-Record non-typical.
Regardless of the buck’s final B&C standings, this is one humongous whitetail. The folks at B&C did confirm that the buck has 13-inch brow tines, and the gross nontypical score is 319 inches. Of course it’s important to be cautious here. If the recently-concluded King Buck Saga taught us anything, it’s that one measurer’s interpretation of the scoring manual isn’t necessarily correct. And scoring the King buck was a veritable walk in the park compared to putting a tape to a massive non-typical rack like this one. That said, B&C is taking a long, hard look at this Hoosier State giant. Stay tuned for updates on this incredible buck.