If you remember a massive whitetail that was generating a lot of buzz around the Internet during the fall of 2003, you will then recognize this great whitetail deer. Chad Goetten took this amazing whitetail in Illinois. Chad recently emailed his great buck to us to get posted in our trophy room. Thanks Chad, and what a great buck. You will also see Chad’s buck in a future King’s Calendar.
Those of you out here in the West will understand when I say that Chad’s whitetail could very well be the whitetail version of the Buck of Justice. The Buck of Justice was declared ‘the world’s most massive deer’ when the sheds were found to this great mule deer back in the mid 1990s in southern Utah. The buck was never harvested, but multiple sets of the sheds were found over the years. The most recent set were found by Dennis Shirley in 2001 while on a sheep hunt.
Chad’s 23-point whitetail buck scores 234 7/8 non-typical B&C. It was the largest gun kill in Illinois in 2003. So how massive is the Goetten buck? The buck has over 55 inches of mass and is one of the most massive whitetail listed in B&C.
Here is a great shot of Chad’s massive Illinois whitetail
Here is the last set of sheds from the Buck of Justice picked up by Dennis Shirley in 2001
King’s Outdoor World featured one of the first sets of sheds found of the Buck of Justice in our Original Magnificent Seven Print in 1996. The set that Dennis Shirley picked up were featured in our 2003 King’s Mule Deer Calendar and the story of how he found the sheds and the actual remains to this buck has been featured in our Hunting Illustrated Magazine.