World Record Whitetail Deer Non-typical
Although several all-time typical whitetail trophies have
been from Missouri, it was not until the fall of 1981 that this state acquired the
bragging rights to the World's Record non-typical whitetail deer.
On November 15, 1981, David Beckman met Conservation Agent
Michael Helland along a road in northern St. Louis County, Missouri. Beckman killed
a deer and he asked Helland to officially check and seal it, to save the drive to an
official check station.
They talked for a few minutes after sealing the deer, and
then Beckman drove away. Not long after leaving Helland, Beckman saw a dead buck
with a very large rack lying inside a fence along the road. Knowing that the deer
was on private property and that he would not be able to retrieve it, Beckman decided to
find Helland and tell him of his discovery.
Agent Helland obtained permission of the landowner to
recover the carcass. With the help of friends, he skinned the deer and removed the
rack that weighed over 250 pounds. Examination of the teeth revealed that the
monstrously large deer was only 5 1/2 years old. Cause of death could not be
determined, but it did not appear to have been shot.
Winter is a busy time of year for conservation agents.
The rack was forgotten until after the first of the year when Helland took the cape
and rack to a taxidermist friend. The taxidermist to whom he took it recognized its
outstanding trophy character. Helland arranged to have the trophy scored by Dean
Murphy, a Boone and Crockett Club official measurer. With the help of Wayne Porath,
deer biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Murphy scored the trophy for
entry into the 18th Awards Entry Period at 325 7/8. Later it was officially scored
at 333 7/8, and became the new World's Record non-typical Whitetail.
All persons involved agreed that a trophy of this stature
should be held in public ownership and on public display for everyone to enjoy.
Accordingly, the Missouri Department of Conservation was assumed possession of the