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Records, world records & stuff

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Been some big deer killed this year. The one making a lot of news is the potential world record, non-typical buck, killed recently in Sumner County, during the muzzle loader season.

Young Stephen Tucker, killed the buck in outside Gallatin, with 47 points that is possibly a new world record. Big deer for sure, over 300 inches of antler.

Ever dreamed of killing a world record buck? I have. Not a non-typical but a typical antlered buck, sure.

See, non-typicals, "freaks" don't bring the notoriety or, let's be honest, the money a typical will. I really don't know why. If you want to sell the original antlers of a non-typical buck, you might get a few thousand from a collector or a big chain store.

That's about it. But a typical, well, that's a different story. Sure, if you know how to market yourself, (and the non-typical buck,), you can bump that up a notch. But it will not be anything like killing a 220-inch 12-point typical whitetail.

Some records have stood the test of time. Take Mel Johnson's 204-4/8-inch, Pope and Young, world record archery kill. Been around since 1965. Mel killed him in Illinois hunting off the ground, after work. He was using a recurve bow. Big deer, made Mel a few bucks. Nothing like Hansen's current world record Boone and Crockett record.

See, there are two major record keeping associations-Pope and Young for archery animals and Boone and Crockett for gun or archery. The difference between typical and non-typical is easy. The non-typicals are the ones with antlers that look like a freak show gone wild-points everywhere and abnormal bases.

It is an honor to have killed either one or for that matter, one even close to a world record. But the money is in the typical because they are more rare and unusual. Once a buck reaches a certain age, they start throwing odd points and that causes deductions, reducing the net score of a typical.

See, antlers are scored gross and net -- that is after the required, 60-day drying period. Gross is the total number of inches, net is the number minus the difference between sides. Therefore, an 11-point may score lower than a 10-point when you deduct the abnormal point. You measure the length and circumference of each side, deduct the difference between the two, then add in the spread width between antlers and that is the net score.

Tucker's buck had a gross, green score of 313-2/8 inches. After deductions it had a net score of 308-3/8. The current WR is an Iowa buck with an official score of 307-5/8 inches. That is a difference of 6/8 inch. The current record was killed by a young man named Lovstuen, also with a muzzlelozder. No need to get into it any deeper. However, I just saw a picture of a rack from Texas that scores 380 and dwarfs both. It was scored by an official scorer that I happen to know. But. It was killed behind a high fence, not eligible for P&Y or B&C.

Then is another classification. You see, bucks that have been genetically altered or fed hormones and steroids or behind a high fence are not eligible for either of the two, main record keeping books. Today, if you have enough money, you can simply go buy a 400-inch buck out of a pen. To make B&C or P&Y, the animal must be natural and killed in fair chase. No high fence.

Before a rack can be certified as a world record, it must go through a drying period of 60 days. During that period, the rack usually shrinks a little. Then, it must be scored by a panel of approved judges. With a non-typical, this is where it gets sticky. These freak racks are not only hard to score, they are even harder to get a panel to agree on.

The Boone and Crockett club will not meet again until, I think 2019. To be declared a WR, B&C, will officially panel score the rack again at that time. That is to insure none of the scorers has any connection to the hunter. And trust me, that is a panel of sticklers. So, Mr. Tucker has quite a wait to see if he has an official, world record.

Back some years, a friend of mine, Mitch Rompola, killed what could have been the new, typical WR whitetail. Rather than go through all the agony involved. He went into seclusion and basically, told them where they could stick their WR. I was proud of him.

What would I do? If I were to kill a WR typical, I would become a millionaire. I do know how to market it. If it were a non-typ., I'm truly not sure. Let me explain the marketing briefly.

First, there is the value of the rack if it is sold outright. Then, there is the value of displaying it at outdoor shows. That is all obvious. But there is a ton of money available from product manufacturers. The gun or bow used, the camouflage clothing worn, the powder and bullet or arrow and broadhead, the binoculars, the scent product ad infinitum.

In my case, I would make several thousand dollars off the product and pictures. You can bet, there would be no pictures on the internet. In fact, I would allow no pictures to be taken except by myself or someone I trusted. The only story to written would be by me.

Would I sell the true rack? I don't know. I would, for sure, have two replicas made. Possibly, after a couple years, I would sell the true rack. Since I will never kill a WR, it is academic.

The bottom line is this. Stephen Tucker killed a true trophy buck and it is a state record, possibly a WR. That is quite a feat and you now have a quick overview of what is involved in a deer being a record and what may be involved in a WR. Congratulations, Stephen Tucker.

There is one additional fact. As outdoor writers from across the country rush to "get the true story", I shall not be among them. I'll let the reporters, "report". I shall continue to write.

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