Since 1830, it’s only happened five times.
Of the 13,000-plus whitetails currently honored in Boone and Crockett records, only five–a scant .03 percent–tape 300 inches or more. Remember, 300 inches equals 25 linear feet of antler points, beams, circumferences and spread. Odds of encountering such a colossal trophy in the wild, and taking it in fair chase, are infinitesimally low.
That’s why a recent non-typical whitetail entry in B&C records is so special.
Indiana hunter Timothy Beck last autumn tagged a buck that scores an incredible 305-7/8. The buck was accepted for the Boone and Crockett records book earlier this year. One of only five bucks ever recorded that scores 300 or better, it’s also the fourth largest non-typical whitetail in history, the second largest ever taken by a hunter, a state record for Indiana, and the largest recorded anywhere in North America in nearly a decade.
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“This is one of those deer that come along so rarely, it makes you pause and marvel at the wonders of nature and modern conservation,” said Richard Hale, chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club’s records committee.
Trophy specimens are a sign of quality habitat and healthy, balanced populations. Boone and Crockett originally began keeping trophy records as a way of detailing species once headed for extinction. Hunters led restoration efforts then–and continue to lead and fund conservation programs today. Biologists now compare trophy records and contrast trends to help improve local management strategies as well as state and federal wildlife polices.
Boone and Crockett Club has released historic photos of all five recorded whitetails that score above 300
These non-typical trophies include:
1. Score: 333-7/8 Picked up (not hunter-taken), St. Louis, MO, 1981
Score 328-2/8 Picked up (not hunter-taken) in Portage Co., Ohio, 1940
Score 307-5/8 Taken by Tony W. Lovstuen in Monroe Co., Iowa, 2003
Score: 305-7/8 Taken by Timothy J. Beck in Huntington Co., Indiana, 2012
Score: 304 -3/8 Taken by Jerry D. Bryant in Fulton Co., Illinois, 2001
About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair-chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.