Matt Stans hunted a record 8-point buck for years, but he was beat to it by a poacher.
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A typical 8-point buck with antlers larger than any other 8-point on record for North America was killed in Goodhue County, Minnesota during the fall of 2009. County resident Matt Stans is shown with the one-of-a-kind rack that grosses 190 5/8 and nets 185. The buck was aged at 7 1/2. Stans and a neighbor both missed shots at this buck in 2006 and had been hunting it ever since.
Unfortunately, a poacher got the buck before those who were hunting it legally. This photo of Stans with the head of the buck he had been hunting was taken outside a taxidermist’s shop where the poacher brought the buck’s head for mounting. At the time this photo was taken, it was not known it was an illegal kill.