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New World Record Whitetail? King Buck to be Rescored by Boone & Crockett Club

September 07, 2012
New World Record Whitetail? King Buck to be Rescored by Boone & Crockett Club - 9

In 2006, Johnny King took the shot of a lifetime, putting down a giant Wisconsin whitetail on his grandfather’s dairy farm. The 12-point whitetail was bigger than any buck King had laid eyes on in three decades of hunting.

The Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club estimated the buck would score 215” - enough antler to shatter Milo Hanson’s world record 213 5/8” Saskatchewan whitetail taken in 1995.

Scoring a whitetail is a fairly straightforward process on a typical whitetail like the King buck. Typical, however, is something the Boone & Crockett’s director of Big Game Records, Jack Reneau, would argue.

After driving to Pennsylvania to meet Reneau at a hunting show, King’s heart sank as Reneau informed him that a nontypical point on the buck’s right antler would put the deer in the 180” range.

Rescoring a buck is frowned upon and following Reneau’s judgment of an atypical point on the King buck, others were afraid to rescore the rack and go against Reneau – the one responsible for training B&C measurers. King was convinced his buck was being evaluated unfairly and needed a second opinion, but by 2009, he had run out of steam and didn’t have the time or money to keep taking the buck to shows. King sold the rack to taxidermist Jay Fish for $35,000 and Fish promised to get the buck recognized for what it was – a world record whitetail.

Fish needed someone with recognition from the Boone & Crockett club to stand up and urge the club for a panel score. That person was Ron Boucher, a Boone & Crockett scorer for more than 35 years and one of the panel scorers for the current world record whitetail, the Hanson buck.

Boucher knows the rules of the Boone & Crockett scoring club as good as anyone and has measured bucks alongside Reneau, but he believes Reneau made a mistake with his call on the King buck. Boucher believes that according to the Boone and Crockett scoring manual, the King buck meets all the qualifications of a typical whitetail.

Now there may finally be hope for the King buck. On September 6th the Boone and Crockett club announced that a decision was made on August 20th to convene a judge’s panel to score Johnny King’s whitetail taken in 2006.

According to the B&C website, two teams of two B&C official measurers will independently measure the deer and then collaborate on their findings to determine the deer’s final score before the end of September.

All panel members selected will be senior official measurers with no prior personal experience with this particular trophy and will not be instructed to score the deer as a typical or non-typical. It will be up to the panel to determine the correct way to score this whitetail based on the Club’s scoring system. The panel’s findings will be the deer’s final score.

After six years of work by King, Fish, Boucher and others, the King buck will finally have a chance to officially claim it’s place in the Boone and Crockett record books. Whether the King buck has enough antler to take the number one spot will soon be determined, once and for all.

Stay tuned for more details.

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from davros wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

I get paid over $87 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I'd be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I've been doing,Blue31.com

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

If the Wisconsin Johnny King Buck, becomes a number one Boone and Crockett typical world record, then the monetary value will skyrocket upward. If that is the case, then Taxidermist Jay Fish made one hell of a investment.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I see nothing wrong with re-scoring it, if the original score if upheld, then Reneau should feel good about being vindicated, and if the score is overturned, he shouldn't be too upset if he truly wants to see things done fairly. What I would be worried about if I was Johnny King was that it ends up being overturned, but falls short of the record by only 1 or 2 eighths of an inch, since it probably shrank more than that over the past 6 years. Should be interesting to watch this story unfold.

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from GrandView wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Petrzilka Buck.....
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After reviewing photographs, officials at the Boone and Crockett Club headquarters say the buck’s status as a typical could be called into question because the G-3s could be ruled abnormal points. “There could be a 20- to 30-point swing based on how those are viewed,” says Justin Spring, assistant director of big game records for Boone & Crockett. “If the G-3s are ruled normal, then you’re looking at a 200-class buck and a potential state record.” If the official dry score tops 200, it would be Boone & Crockett’s first verified typical since 2003, Spring says.

The man who scored the buck believes the G-3’s will be judged typical.

“I think they’re gonna qualify because of where they are on the rack,” he says. “They look odd, but they do come off the top of the main beam. If only one was like that, I’d be worried, but they’re pretty well matched so I’m confident.”

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from GrandView wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

In the realm of all trophies scored, very few scores are "overturned"........simply because very few trophies qualify to be panel scored by B&C. Panel scores almost always have minor changes to the original score. That's a function of multiple measurements to 1/8". However, some panel scores are major changes because of abnormal point determination. It's happened in whitetail deer twice within the last few years.

The Petrzilka buck has a couple points that may be candidates for such deliberation when panel scored. B&C recognizes that....as does the original scorer. As did you.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Grandview, how often are Boone and Crockett field scorers overturned? Why would Boone and Crockett say they looked at pictures of the buck and may overturn it? (What's the hurry or motivation?) Wouldn't they want the rack in their hands before publicly humiliating a scorer? There are more examples than just the Petrzilka buck, it's the tip of the iceberg, Boone and Crockett understands and damage control has begun. How many trophies should be rescored? I think you will be surprised.

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from GrandView wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

The Kevin Petrzilka Buck has thus far only been measured by a B&C field scorer. It has not been reviewed by B&C officials or panel scored. Its score will certainly put it in the category to be panel scored. B&C has already stated after reviewing pictures of the Petrzilka buck that the G3's could be ruled abnormal points upon further hands-on examination.

Circumstances of the broken beam put the King Buck in the unique situation of being inspected by B&C officials prior to being officially scored. Their ruling was the right G3 was abnormal. Now a different group of B&C scorers and officials will once again examine this rack and that point.

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from JM wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

It's not like you can make the antlers any bigger over time, so I do not see anything wrong with re-scoring a buck. Maybe more than once though to ensure the scoring is correct.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I think the downfall for Boone & Crockett was similiar typical bucks. Take a look at the Kevin Petrzilka Buck from Nebraska. If this deer was scored as a typical, how does Boone & Crockett have a leg to stand on? Can't wait to see where this goes. My guess is it falls short of the Milo Hanson buck an inch or so and is the new number two typical.

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from JM wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

It's not like you can make the antlers any bigger over time, so I do not see anything wrong with re-scoring a buck. Maybe more than once though to ensure the scoring is correct.

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from GrandView wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

The Kevin Petrzilka Buck has thus far only been measured by a B&C field scorer. It has not been reviewed by B&C officials or panel scored. Its score will certainly put it in the category to be panel scored. B&C has already stated after reviewing pictures of the Petrzilka buck that the G3's could be ruled abnormal points upon further hands-on examination.

Circumstances of the broken beam put the King Buck in the unique situation of being inspected by B&C officials prior to being officially scored. Their ruling was the right G3 was abnormal. Now a different group of B&C scorers and officials will once again examine this rack and that point.

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from GrandView wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

In the realm of all trophies scored, very few scores are "overturned"........simply because very few trophies qualify to be panel scored by B&C. Panel scores almost always have minor changes to the original score. That's a function of multiple measurements to 1/8". However, some panel scores are major changes because of abnormal point determination. It's happened in whitetail deer twice within the last few years.

The Petrzilka buck has a couple points that may be candidates for such deliberation when panel scored. B&C recognizes that....as does the original scorer. As did you.

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from GrandView wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Petrzilka Buck.....
*************************************************

After reviewing photographs, officials at the Boone and Crockett Club headquarters say the buck’s status as a typical could be called into question because the G-3s could be ruled abnormal points. “There could be a 20- to 30-point swing based on how those are viewed,” says Justin Spring, assistant director of big game records for Boone & Crockett. “If the G-3s are ruled normal, then you’re looking at a 200-class buck and a potential state record.” If the official dry score tops 200, it would be Boone & Crockett’s first verified typical since 2003, Spring says.

The man who scored the buck believes the G-3’s will be judged typical.

“I think they’re gonna qualify because of where they are on the rack,” he says. “They look odd, but they do come off the top of the main beam. If only one was like that, I’d be worried, but they’re pretty well matched so I’m confident.”

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I see nothing wrong with re-scoring it, if the original score if upheld, then Reneau should feel good about being vindicated, and if the score is overturned, he shouldn't be too upset if he truly wants to see things done fairly. What I would be worried about if I was Johnny King was that it ends up being overturned, but falls short of the record by only 1 or 2 eighths of an inch, since it probably shrank more than that over the past 6 years. Should be interesting to watch this story unfold.

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

If the Wisconsin Johnny King Buck, becomes a number one Boone and Crockett typical world record, then the monetary value will skyrocket upward. If that is the case, then Taxidermist Jay Fish made one hell of a investment.

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from davros wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

I get paid over $87 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I'd be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I've been doing,Blue31.com

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I think the downfall for Boone & Crockett was similiar typical bucks. Take a look at the Kevin Petrzilka Buck from Nebraska. If this deer was scored as a typical, how does Boone & Crockett have a leg to stand on? Can't wait to see where this goes. My guess is it falls short of the Milo Hanson buck an inch or so and is the new number two typical.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Grandview, how often are Boone and Crockett field scorers overturned? Why would Boone and Crockett say they looked at pictures of the buck and may overturn it? (What's the hurry or motivation?) Wouldn't they want the rack in their hands before publicly humiliating a scorer? There are more examples than just the Petrzilka buck, it's the tip of the iceberg, Boone and Crockett understands and damage control has begun. How many trophies should be rescored? I think you will be surprised.

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