A young boy was hanging out with his grandpa recently when he made the discovery of a lifetime in the deer woods of Ohio. 3-year-old, Rhett Boucher, was splashing around in a creek on March 15th, 2023 while his grandpa was cutting firewood when a pile of bones caught his attention. But this wasn’t just any pile of bones. The bones the boy discovered just happened to consist of a deadhead from one of largest non-typical bucks ever recorded in Ohio history.
Knowing they had found something truly special, the grandpa immediately called the boy’s dad, Quentin, to come take a look at what they had discovered.
Boucher recognized the buck when he saw it antlers. He had seen the buck in the area before. “I’ve definitely seen it before down the road in a field,” Quentin said in a FB video with trophy scorer, Toby Hughes. “It was found on our property about 300 yards off the road. In my opinion, maybe someone down the road was hunting it and shot it, and it ran and died in my field. Or, maybe it was hit by a a car. It also could have died of old age. It was an old buck, and was a pile of bones when Rhett found it.”
After acquiring the proper salvage tag to keep the deadhead, Boucher took the buck to have it scored by Toby Hughes, a scorer for the Buckmaster’s Record Book. According to Hughes, the buck has 23 scoreable points, with normal brow tines and a distinct “unicorn” antler on the front right. According to Hughes, the antlers have a total score of 276 4/8 Buckmasters.
He says it will go down as the sixth largest irregular deadhead ever picked up in in Ohio. The Lionel Crissman Buck is at the top with a score of 351 7/8 Buckmasters.
“Rhett gets all the credit for finding it,” says Hughes. “It’s going in the record book under his name.”