Will the next Hanson Buck stroll beneath your stand? Our man in the field gives his best guess on the ZIP codes of the next records.
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Big-game records are as unpredictable and as subject to whim as a teenaged girl, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating on the origins of the next celebrity head.
Ask anybody who tracks horns and antlers to predict records, and you’ll get a mix of statistics and educated hunches. What you won’t get is consensus.
The fact that experts can’t agree is ample proof of the difficulty of predicting the future based on the past. Which means the next world-record buck may be yours.
MONTANA GIANTS The undisputed king of big-ram units is Montana’s District 680, in the Missouri River Breaks south of Havre.
JUSTIFICATION Last year, a pair of 202-plus rams were taken here, where average mature rams sport 17-inch bases.
CONSIDER New Mexico’s Wheeler Peak unit.