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Exclusive Video: Is This the Walking Record Whitetail?

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Can this Buffalo County, Wisconsin, behemoth challenge Milo Hansen’s world record typical buck that scored 213-5/8”? Several whitetail experts think it’s possible. Last week Scott Kirkpatrick, owner of Buffalo County Outfitters (715-533-0943) asked me and a small group of whitetail fanatics to view footage of a giant deer he’d filmed while driving between several of his hunting properties. After picking our collective jaws off the floor, we all agreed this tremendous, free-ranging whitetail certainly has a shot at toppling a record that has stood since 1993.

Among the viewers was Ted Marum, a former outfitter and whitetail fanatic. “Scott had told me the buck was ‘closer to 220” than it is 200,’ before I saw it,” Marum said. “But after I saw the video, 220 inches is selling him short. He’s way bigger than that.” Iowan Steve Snow, who has shot two bucks grossing over 200”, says the buck “will gross over 230” in its sleep.” After adding up the estimated tine-lengths, beam measurements and spread, we’ve arrived at a gross-score for this amazing buck around 240”. Interestingly, this buck was likely filmed by one of Scott’s former guides two summers ago, just across the road from this property. At that time, Kirkpatrick felt the buck would gross-score around 200” and was at least 4-1/2 years old.

Assuming someone actually kills the deer, will a buck that grosses around 240” be large enough to reign over the B&C book? Naturally, it will come down to deductions. Kirkpatrick filmed the buck at a distance of over 400 yards on the evening of August 16th at 8:00 p.m., near a property he leases. Even with a window-mount to steady his Canon camera, Kirkpatrick’s footage is just distant and grainy enough to make a detailed estimate difficult. But if our little group of deer freaks is even close with our guess, the buck is a contender. And regardless of net score, he’s certainly among the largest free-ranging bucks ever caught on tape.

For a more detailed discussion of this buck’s story, check out my deer column in the upcoming November issue of Field & Stream magazine.

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chris

you think yalls hunting suck come hunt in arkansas all you see is does

gib

balls

jason

i think that anybody can take a junk camera and record a buck from 500 yards away and make it look like a record. until it's shot or the sheds are found to me it's just another high protein hand fed whitetail that you so called hunters from wisconsin call a record. i could feed my dog from a feeder and it would grow a bigger rack. lol

'chelle

I've got a bigger rack than that deer will ever have. lol good luck finding out the truth behind this "record" deer.

MNhunter

First off, after reading some of the comments, it's just the same everywhere. People fight over everything, this deer was on mine 3 years ago, he could have been on everybody's in the county 3 years ago! Bucks do have legs and they do run! Hunting used to be about being out in nature and appreciating it and for food and population control. Now its just a big contest of who can shoot the biggest deer! This is an awesome deer, lets just be glad we were able to see this deer and move on!! And to those against hunting, have fun wrecking your brand new fancy dancy sports cars on the highways, or those of you who like to eat your hamburgers and steaks, good luck with that if all the deer come down with chronic waste disease (due to over population) and spread it onto herds of cattle...Oh but wait, most of you think beef comes from Cub Foods!

jason

i agree with that mn hunter. most people try to out do the other hunter with the bigger rack. up here in maine we have people that like to take there kids out on youth day and shoot anything that moves, we even had one guy that has 3 sons and decided to keep shooting deer and if he was not happy with it he would put one of his sons tags on it. he ended up with a doe and a set of twin yearlings. i think that we should let the deer population regrow a little. but what do i know. i"ve been hunting all of my life since i was ten i am now 31, this is the first year that i have not shot a deer. i"m afraid to say that my kids will not be able to hunt for deer when they get older, unless it"s on a farm.

jason

nice deer, to bad he's hand fed.

Whitetail nut

This deer was shot Nov. 1 and officially scored 233+ as Wisconsin's new archery record. Congratulations Bob Decker on a super buck and your fantastic luck at experiencing such a wild critter that didn't make a mistake until the rut kicked in.

To those of you who have nothing positive to say ... all I can say is, where the heck is Scott B. or ANY moderator? All the threads with politics and personal attacks should be stripped. Also, having to read 38 pages to get to the end of this is simply a "clicks" tactic to improve the hit count. C'mon moderators, please clean this up.




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