18-Year-Old Bags Potential Largest Typical Whitetail in Sooner State History
OutdoorHub Reporters 10.25.19
Get out the record books, Oklahoma, a teenage hunter just bagged a buck that will likely become the largest typical whitetail in Sooner State history.
Guner Womack is a freshman at Oklahoma State University who grew up in a small farm town in northern Oklahoma. Hunting has always been a part of his life, yet this was his first season heading to the woods with a compound bow.
Guner was hunting on a plot of family owned property in Pawnee County, where they had been eyeing a particular deer they believe was around 4.5 years old. He would regularly show up on trail cameras setup throughout the property, and Guner said the buck’s rack was pretty beat up last season [likely from fighting other bucks]. They knew he had a chance to turn into a quality deer, just didn’t anticipate him showing world-class potential.
“I didn’t think it was gonna be that big difference,” Guner said. “The pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice.”
Guner says the 8×8 buck first appeared 40 yards away from where he was overlooking a field. The buck seemed reluctant to come within shooting range, and eventually trotted off. Not long after, he showed up again to push some younger bucks around and chase after does. This time, he squeezed into 25 yards of Guner and turned broadside. Presenting the perfect shot.
A retired game warden took measurements of Guner’s buck, which revealed an official green score of 206 6/8 inches and a net score of 192 6/8 inches. In 60 days, following a mandatory drying period, the rack will be scored again.
The current Oklahoma state record for a typical whitetail net a score of 194 0/8 inches. The number to keep a close eye on, though, is 204 4/8 inches – the standing world record for a typical whitetail buck.
Just for kicks, look at how Guner’s buck compares to the world record non-typical whitetail.
Assuredly, Guner’s buck will come back with a lower score than its initial measurement after drying for 60 days, but it’s going to be interesting to see where it stacks up against the world record.