The Indiana buck many had speculated to be the largest hunter-taken non-typical whitetail has been confirmed by the Boone and Crockett Club to rank as the number two largest non-typical ever harvested. It fell roughly two points short of usurping the first place spot held by a deer taken in Iowa in 2003.
According to the official score sheet released on Boone and Crockett’s Facebook wall, the behemoth buck was harvested in Huntington, Indiana by a Tim Beck. The rack was originally scored by an official measurer and later by a panel. It came in at 305-7/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale, while the Iowa record stands at 307-5/8.
Here are the results released by Boone and Crockett:
Beck Buck Comes in as #2 NT Hunter-taken Whitetail
The scoring procedure has been reviewed and after tine classification was verified this deer scores an amazing 305 7/8. Three tines originally scored as normal were deemed abnormal. On this particular head it took away 2/8 in deductions but when the H4 circumference measurements were taken with the correct classification the circumferences dropped a few inches resulting in a lower net score than the original posted 308 5/8. The final tally on this deer is 222 4/8 gross typical frame 93 7/8 in abnormals, and the reason that this buck’s final score ranks it as the largest non typical whitetail taken in the last decade and the second largest in hunter taken in history is that it only has 10 4/8 of deductions left to right.
The official score sheet:
The Indiana giant misses the record by a nose. Still, you can’t eat a record book (unless you try real hard and pack a lot of condiments). We expect Mr. Beck to be pretty happy with the rack, and Indiana to see a lot more activity in the woods come next season.
Images courtesy Boone and Crockett Club