The whitetail world was holding their breath over the weekend as a potential world record buck was being panel scored. It took several years, but the final verdict was in…The King Buck Out, The Hansen Buck is still the World’s Record Typical Whitetail Deer.
Johnny King was hunting on family property in western Wisconsin when he shot a tremendous whitetail. However, there was some controversy as to how this buck would be scored specific to the back tines on the right side. Originally scored in 2007 the tines were declared a non-typical point due to direction from Jack Reneau, Director of Big Game records for Boone & Crockett. At the time, the King buck had the potential of scoring more than the Hanson buck – the long-standing typical world record.
Due to pressure from inside the industry, B&C scorers and the media, a special panel was called upon to finalize the score once and for all and determine just how those points should score. Simple enough: if they score as typical points, the King buck could very well be a new world’s record. If they score as non-typical abnormal points, then the story is over as quick as it began.
According to the Boone and Crockett Club a special judges panel was called to make the final determination. The panel consisted of two 2-man teams of senior official measurers who had not seen nor scored the rack previously.
The teams independently scored the buck using the Boone and Crockett scoring manual plus updated directives and processes outlined in other Club literature. Each team completed a score chart. The teams then resolved any differences and finalized a score.
So what was the final verdict?
Wisconsin Buck Falls Short of Worlds Record Mark. Here it is in the words from the B&C Club:
MISSOULA, Mont. (Sept. 22, 2012)A whitetail deer taken by a hunter in Wisconsin has fallen short of the score needed to become a new Worlds Record, according to the Boone and Crockett Club.
Club officials today confirmed the Johnny King buck scores 180 typical points, or 217-5/8 non-typical points, both of which include shrinkage allowance.
The panel determined the third tine on the right antler arises from the inside edge of the top of the main beam, and also arises partially from the base of an adjoining point, thus establishing it as an abnormal point. With this confirmation, two of the racks tines must be classified as abnormal points resulting in an entry score well below the current Worlds Record.
A long road indeed for Johnny King and current owner Jay Fish. A disappointing road. But regardless of the outcome of measure tapes and cables,the King Buck still goes down as one of the great ones.
The Boone and Crockett Club