Kyle Lopez with his 307 7/8 gross Colorado monster mule deer
Some of you may have already seen this photo of this incredible buck flowing around emails and message boards. Is it true that a legit 300-inch non-typical mule deer buck was roaming the hills in 2007? Apparently there are a few bucks still around that you would think only happened in the good old days of mule deer hunting. Another example is the 307 inch sheds that Landon Wittwer picked up in Arizona.
This monster buck was taken by 14 year old Kyle Lopez of Colorado in November of 2007. He was hunting with his father when they came across this buck. Kyle knocked it down, and at the time had no idea how big the buck was. When they walked up to the buck, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Points everywhere!
I am excited to announce that you will be able to read the awesome story to this hunt in our next issue (Feb/March 2008) of Hunting Illustrated. You will also see Kyle’s buck in a future King’s Calendar.
Even though the buck still has until January 7th to be officially measured, Kyle’s dad Steed wanted to get a good, legit green score to have confidence in the score he was telling people. Roger Selner is an official measurer for Boone & Crockett and stopped by the Lopez home to score Kyle’s record buck. The green score is the following:
307 7/8 gross B&C
303 5/8 net B&C
207 0/8 typical frame
37 2/8-inch outside spread
100 7/8 inches of abnormal points
Stay tuned to this post as I will be keeping it up to date on the latest happenings and will post the official score as soon as it comes in.
So where does this rank?
The state record non-typical mule deer for Colorado scores 306 7/8. You would kind of think that the state record would be higher considering Colorado’s great tradition of mule deer. However, out of the 22 mule deer that are listed in Boone & Crockett that score 300 inches or higher, six of them are from Colorado (double any other state/province).
If Kyle’s score holds, it will be #5 for the state of Colorado and #19 in the world!