Potential record buck falls short
By Darren Marcy | September 28,2012
When Ron Boucher of Wallingford took up the cause of a potential world record white-tailed buck, he knew he would have to choose from among long-standing loyalties.
He became one of the leading advocates for the Johnny King buck, a buck that at first glance was destined to be the new world record typical whitetail. In addition, he’s a longtime friend to the current world record holder, Milo Hanson, whose record whitetail, a 14-pointer killed in Saskatchewan in 1993 measured 213-5/8 typical points.
Then there is his strong loyalties to the Boone & Crockett Club, to which he had dedicated 25 years of volunteer service and which he said was second in his life only to his family.
But Saturday, after a four-person measurement panel determined the King buck had an abnormal point, the buck scored 180 typical points, or with the points included, 217-5/8 nontypical points, leaving Boucher with the feeling the deer still hasn’t been given its due.
The 12-point buck, killed in 2006 by Johnny King in Wisconsin, was measured in 2007 at 218-4/8 typical points by a Boone and Crockett official measurer.
But the B&C Club determined that one tine on the deer’s massive rack did not conform to the standards and required the buck to be rescored, which it was and it measured 180 points after the abnormal point — and its twin on the other side — were disallowed.
In press release, the B&C Club said the panel determined “the third tine on the right antler arises from the inside edge of the top of the main beam, and also arises partially from the base of an adjoining point, thus establishing it as an abnormal point.”
“I’m confident that our panel has upheld the historic integrity of our records,” said Eldon Buckner, chairman of Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North American Big Game Committee.
Boucher had a 25-year association with the Boone and Crockett Club as an official scorer and was a highly decorated and respected member of the club’s volunteer measurers.
He still, despite the B&C Club’s explanation, believes the King buck deserves to be the No. 1 typical whitetail.
“Now they can say, ‘well, we panel measured the buck and they’re just not happy with it,’” Boucher said.
Boucher said that before the panel scoring, Jay Fish, who bought the rack from Johnny King, presented a letter to Buckner and asked him to sign it that said the club agreed to measure the deer according to the B&C’s written rules.
Boucher said Buckner refused to sign it and told Fish they could just call off the entire scoring session.
Boucher said he wishes Fish would have taken the buck and gone home.
“Now it would have been better if they never measured it,” Boucher said. “If they had measured according to their rules, it would have been a totally different outcome.”
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