Miller has killed numerous enormous bucks in Iowa, but this one measured an amazing 194 2/8 inches and is the state's second largest bow-killed normal whitetail. Kent Anderson-Illinois, No. 9 Kent Anderson shot this buck in Illinois in 1999 that measured 195 2/8 inches and is ranked #9 on the Top Pope & Young Typical Bucks list. The current record holder for biggest bow-killed whitetail is a 204-inch buck killed by Duane Shriner in Texas in 2004.
The world's third largest bow-killed whitetail was killed in Wisconsin in 2001. This buck measured 209 3/4 inches and is still preserved in the Milwaukee County Zoo.
The fourth largest bow-killed whitetail was killed in Minnesota in 1998. It measured 198 inches and is preserved at the Grand Portage Indian Museum and Reservation Park.
The fifth largest bow-killed whitetail was killed in Michigan in 1995. It measured 193 1/4 inches and is preserved at the Detroit Zoo.
The sixth largest bow-killed whitetail was killed in Pennsylvania in 1994. It measured 196 inches and is preserved at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
The seventh largest bow-killed whitetail was killed in New York in 1993. It measured 201 inches and is preserved at the Bronx Zoo.
The eighth largest bow-killed whitetail was killed in New Hampshire in 1992.
The huge Illinois non-typical Luke Brewster shot with his compound bow last fall is now officially the world's largest buck in the long history of free-range whitetail hunting, with a panel-confirmed 327 7/8 net inches of score. The previous record was held by an Arkansas deer killed in 2011 by a bow hunter who estimated its weight at 375 pounds.
The previous world record was set by another Illinois deer that was killed in 2007 by archery hunter Eric Olsen with an estimated weight of 320 3/4 pounds. The animal had been equipped with a GPS tracking device and hunters were able to find it nearly 500 miles away on private land near its original stand site.
The new world record buck was harvested by Luke Brewster from Illinois in the fall of 2016. He had been hunting with his father, Tom, and their friends as a group known as the "Outfit". After several days of poor weather, heavy rain, and fog, they found themselves on a remote piece of property without any cell phone service or other forms of communication except for a single road that ran through the middle of their hunt.
On the morning of the third day of hunting, just after sunrise, when most hunters would have given up for the season, they heard guns being fired far off in the distance.
Furthermore, the Brewster deer is now the largest whitetail ever taken by a hunter anywhere in the world, surpassing Stephen Tucker's 47-point Tennessee monarch, a 312 0/8-inch buck slain in November 2016. The new record holder was tagged by state wildlife officials and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The previous record holder was also from Tennessee and hunted by Tucker himself. This deer, which had a 40-point spread between its hindquarters and tail, was killed in October 2014. It measured 352 3/4 inches tall and weighed 165 pounds.
The kill was made possible by use of a crossbow, which is legal in that state for hunters over 16 years old. It's estimated that the $40,000 cost of bringing this animal down would have been more than repaid by the profits of its meat.
Other large whitetails have been killed but not registered by authorities because they were too damaged by roadkill or predator attacks. For example, a 313-pound buck was found shot near its head and neck on September 15, 1991. The carcass was never recovered.
The overall record for largest deer harvested by a single hunter is held by a 324-pound blackbuck killed in India in 2013. That's not very many pounds when you consider that most white-tailed deer are much heavier than that.
16th of March, 2010. This 240-class buck, discovered dead on a 10-acre ranch west of Clinton, Michigan, on Feb. 7, might be the state's highest-scoring whitetail ever recorded. The primary beams on the 26-pointer are 31 inches long, while the inside spread is 28 1/2 inches. It took a crew of six hunters four days to kill it using modern rifles and optics.
The previous record buck was also killed in Clinton County and measured 211 points. It was a 200-class animal found in 2004.
Whitetails were originally distributed across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine before being imported into Detroit for hunting purposes. Today, white-tailed deer can be found throughout most of Canada and the upper Midwest, as well as all of Michigan. They have been successfully transplanted elsewhere, such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Deer are typically considered a pest because they compete with people for food and habitat and can cause damage to crops and property when they run off roads or fall down power lines. However, they are also an important part of the ecosystem and can have a positive impact by eating insects that would harm other plants. There are ways to manage deer populations so they do not cause too much damage, such as installing scarecrows or land-art installations that make animals feel uncomfortable around humans.
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