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November 2003 Whitetail Deer

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333 7/8 Non-typical B&C
Points/Width: 44 points

Antler Credit: Missouri Game & Fish
Location: Missouri
Date: 1981

Comments: This is the world record non-typical whitetail.  It was found dead in 1981.  This buck has an incredible 184 inches of non-typical points.
Also Featured: June 2000 Whitetail Calendar, Left buck in Beauty and the Beast Print

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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 marvelous antlers.

"This article is reprinted from Boone and Crockett Club's 11th Edition Records of North American Big Game book with permission of the Boone and Crockett Club, 250 Station Dr., Missoula, MT   59801 (406/542-1888)" www.boone-crockett.org

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