LAST UPDATED: February 18th, 2020
Another giant Kansas buck has fallen and appears to be finding its place at the top among the records for the biggest bucks taken by a bowhunter in the state. Kansas bowhunter, Brian Butcher, 38, killed the whitetail buck in Chase County last October. Butcher knew he had killed a really unique buck, but didn’t realized just how good of a deer it was until the buck’s rack was measured by the Boone and Crockett Club on Friday, Jan. 3. Butcher’s whitetail earned an unofficial net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches.
If accepted and verified by the Boone and Crockett Club, the deer Butcher harvested would rank fourth in the world for non-typical whitetail deer, and will be the largest non-typical whitetail ever taken in the state of Kansas, knocking off the current state record for a non-typical whitetail harvested with archery equipment by 57 2/8 inches.
Butcher made the shot when the buck came by his treestand at 25 yards. The shot was good and the buck only went 50 yards before going down.
“When I first saw it, I thought it had some branches or grass tangled up in its antlers,” said Butcher. “But when I looked at him with binoculars, I realized it was all antlers.”
The current Kansas state record firearm non-typical whitetail was taken in 1987 by Joseph Waters in Shawnee County and scored 280 4/8 inches. The current Kansas state record archery non-typical whitetail was shot by Dale Larson in 1998 in Pottawatomie County and scored 264 1/8 inches.