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Big Buck Alert: Huge Ohio Nontypical Rumored to Score 256 Inches

October 17, 2013
Big Buck Alert: Huge Ohio Nontypical Rumored to Score 256 Inches - 7

The deer season is underway and the big buck rumor mill has already started turning. You might have seen this monster buck photo floating around since the shot surfaced online earlier this month. Mike Hanback published a short post to his Big Deer blog, but we still haven't heard the whole story. If you've got any details to share about the hunt, comment below. In the meantime, here's what we think we know so far.

This is a huge whitetail with one gnarly rack. The hefty right drop-tine and pair of double brow-tines are impressive, but it's the massive drop-club off the left beam that really sets this buck apart. With a reported 22 scoreable points and possible rough scores ranging from 239 to 256 inches, this bruiser certainly could rearrange state record books.

America's Best Bowstrings posted this photo to their Facebook page on October 2, declaring the hunt "an amazing story of hard work, dedication, and perseverance on a free range Ohio giant."

Apparently bowhunter Buck Owen finally managed to harvest the big buck he'd been after for years. A second photo appeared the following day, and ABB reported the hunt took place in Wayne County, Ohio. One commenter identified herself as Owen's mother-in-law to report a green score of 245 6/8.

Recently, Whitetail Chasers shared Owen's photo via Instagram. One commenter responded to several comments, including an assertion that the buck was farm-raised. In addition to dismissing this claim, the commenter, jk_ruppy, said the buck sports 22 scoreable points and ranks in the top five all-time Ohio archery kills. The comment also identifies Wayne County as the hunt location and lists two different scores: a BTR (Buckmasters) score of 239 7/8 inches and a composite green score of 256 inches.

Ohio has historically yielded some of the biggest nontypical bucks on record. Two of the top seven Boone & Crockett Club nontypicals hail from the state, and the world record Pope and Young Club nontypical that measured 294-inches. That buck was taken in Greene County, Ohio in 2000.

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from hhgary wrote 39 weeks 3 days ago

@ishi

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from hhgary wrote 39 weeks 3 days ago

well then i would highly recomend moving to ohio.... buddy.

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from Ed Waite wrote 39 weeks 5 days ago

This big buck currently making the rounds with the huge drop tine (14 7/8 inches) was scored by me on 10 Oct. It was taken with a compound bow on 30 Sept 2013. It was a free roaming deer and was taken by Mark Owen in Wayne Co. Ohio. I am the person who scored the buck on 10 October for Buckmasters Trophy Records. It has an Official Score of 239 7/8, an inside spread of 16 1/8 inches and a gross or composite score of 256 0/8ths inches. We do not do "Green Scores" so that score is official and will stand as is.
Edson Waite
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Buckmasters Trophy Records

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from Ed Waite wrote 39 weeks 5 days ago

This big buck currently making the rounds with the huge drop tine (14 7/8 inches) was scored by me on 10 Oct. It was taken with a compound bow on 30 Sept 2013. It was a free roaming deer and was taken by Mark Owen in Wayne Co. Ohio. I am the person who scored the buck on 10 October for Buckmasters Trophy Records. It has an Official Score of 239 7/8, an inside spread of 16 1/8 inches and a gross or composite score of 256 0/8ths inches. We do not do "Green Scores" so that score is official and will stand as is.
Edson Waite
Regional Director
Buckmasters Trophy Records

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from superdough wrote 40 weeks 2 days ago

Beautiful deer. Whether it came from pen-raised genes or not should be investigated. @Thomas Holmes, I manage my property very well and provide the deer with a lot of good food to keep them around as well, but I sure wouldn't consider them even close to pen raised. The grotesque inbreeding, hormone injections, and other various antler stimulation that goes on with most pen raised deer is a far cry from keeping a happy population of managed wild deer on open range.

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from Thomas Holmes wrote 40 weeks 3 days ago

Pen Raised does not mean anything anymore - I know several "Deer Farmers" who have large acreage and a smorgasbord of deer food - their deer are free range but seldom wander as the buffet is so good. Oats, clover, Chesnuts, persimmons, white oaks, cherry, apple, pear, peach, turnips, radish, beets - the deer on these properties might as well be pen raised. I am fine with whatever they do to raise big deer - just noting that the concept of pen raised has little meaning anymore.

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from Ishi wrote 40 weeks 3 days ago

This buck was shot in an area where "several" pen-raised bucks escaped into the wild 2-3 years ago.

Ohio has hundred's of licensed deer farms. This is going to happen often.

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from Ed Waite wrote 39 weeks 5 days ago

This big buck currently making the rounds with the huge drop tine (14 7/8 inches) was scored by me on 10 Oct. It was taken with a compound bow on 30 Sept 2013. It was a free roaming deer and was taken by Mark Owen in Wayne Co. Ohio. I am the person who scored the buck on 10 October for Buckmasters Trophy Records. It has an Official Score of 239 7/8, an inside spread of 16 1/8 inches and a gross or composite score of 256 0/8ths inches. We do not do "Green Scores" so that score is official and will stand as is.
Edson Waite
Regional Director
Buckmasters Trophy Records

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from Ishi wrote 40 weeks 3 days ago

This buck was shot in an area where "several" pen-raised bucks escaped into the wild 2-3 years ago.

Ohio has hundred's of licensed deer farms. This is going to happen often.

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from Ed Waite wrote 39 weeks 5 days ago

This big buck currently making the rounds with the huge drop tine (14 7/8 inches) was scored by me on 10 Oct. It was taken with a compound bow on 30 Sept 2013. It was a free roaming deer and was taken by Mark Owen in Wayne Co. Ohio. I am the person who scored the buck on 10 October for Buckmasters Trophy Records. It has an Official Score of 239 7/8, an inside spread of 16 1/8 inches and a gross or composite score of 256 0/8ths inches. We do not do "Green Scores" so that score is official and will stand as is.
Edson Waite
Regional Director
Buckmasters Trophy Records

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from hhgary wrote 39 weeks 3 days ago

well then i would highly recomend moving to ohio.... buddy.

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from hhgary wrote 39 weeks 3 days ago

@ishi

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from Thomas Holmes wrote 40 weeks 3 days ago

Pen Raised does not mean anything anymore - I know several "Deer Farmers" who have large acreage and a smorgasbord of deer food - their deer are free range but seldom wander as the buffet is so good. Oats, clover, Chesnuts, persimmons, white oaks, cherry, apple, pear, peach, turnips, radish, beets - the deer on these properties might as well be pen raised. I am fine with whatever they do to raise big deer - just noting that the concept of pen raised has little meaning anymore.

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from superdough wrote 40 weeks 2 days ago

Beautiful deer. Whether it came from pen-raised genes or not should be investigated. @Thomas Holmes, I manage my property very well and provide the deer with a lot of good food to keep them around as well, but I sure wouldn't consider them even close to pen raised. The grotesque inbreeding, hormone injections, and other various antler stimulation that goes on with most pen raised deer is a far cry from keeping a happy population of managed wild deer on open range.

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