Hunters unofficially harvested 17,231 deer during the opening weekend of the firearms season in Maryland. However, one buck from 2006 will become the new state record non-typical whitetail deer. Hunter Bill Crutchfield, Jr. of Charles County watched the buck for approximately two hours mid-day Monday before finding an opportunity to take the massive deer with a single shotgun round.
After wildlife officials examined the buck on Tuesday, the DNR staff confirmed that the buck has 26 scoreable points (13 per side) and a preliminary antler score of 268 5/8 inches. The buck still needs to wait the mandatory 60 day drying period before it can be officially scored by Boone & Crockett. However, Crutchfield’s trophy buck should coast in as the new state record as the preliminary score is 40 inches more than the previous record from Maryland.