Mel Johnson
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
BC173 26-May-18
t-roy 26-May-18
Charlie Rehor 26-May-18
kadbow 26-May-18
HeadHunter® 27-May-18
deerslayer 27-May-18
Scott/IL 27-May-18
midwest 27-May-18
BOHUNTER09 27-May-18
bhunter 27-May-18
JTV 27-May-18
TXHunter 27-May-18
From: BC173
I just read on FB Mel Johnson has passed. Record Holder of the greatest archery buck of all time. (Typical). Godspeed !!

From: t-roy
Rest In Peace, Mel.


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What a kind, humble man! His World record typical Whitetail has stood since 1965. Having talked with him a few times at P&Y Conventions I sure feel a loss. RIP

From: kadbow
A nice, regular guy.

From: HeadHunter®
Mel was a special friend. Now he sits by the campfire with some of his friends.... Fred Bear & Gail Martin & Glen St. Charles & "Babe" (also a close friend of his) and others .... I know he's saving a place for me there too. Mel liked bow hunters and he liked to talk bow hunting. Mel had made many friends thru the years and some really good friends. He will be missed and my prayers go out to him & his wife Pauline and their children & grand children. I'll miss our weekly phone chats and visits. -}}}}}}}}}}}------------------>

From: deerslayer
That's too bad. I'm sorry to hear that. Pretty cool his record lasted his whole life.

From: Scott/IL
Mel was one of the good guys and a friend to my dad for many years.

I remember as a young kid, he came pulling into our driveway as I was plinking arrows into a foam deer target. He would occasionally come down to spring turkey hunt the state ground where my dad worked. I ran inside and grabbed a stack of Legendary Whitetails cards of all these giant deer pictures and pulled Mel’s out. When I returned to the driveway with a marker and his deer’s picture to sign, he gave out a deep belly laugh and proceeded to sign the picture. The following spring, he stopped by again, but this time brought with him a copy of his P&Y scoresheet and a picture of him with the deer in his garage for me. The following year, when Illinois still had check stations, I brought in my first whitetail during the 2nd season firearm. Mel had made the drive down to work it along with another of him and my dad’s friends, and was the one to check in my first deer. To most that came through, they were oblivious of his world record. My old man did seem to always get a chuckle of having people walk in and say “I think I killed a new state record”, just to see how fast he could get him outside.

As my father’s health deteriorated due to a stroke, they lost touch. It was only a couple years ago that my dad looked him up and gave him a call that led to a fairly lengthy story telling session. My dad would send him pictures of the few deer he had killed in recent years along with my bucks and pictures from recent bear and elk trips I had done, and Mel would call when he got them and more story telling would ensue. I know my dad always looked forward to these conversations.

I saw the Facebook post yesterday, and it pained me to have to share the news with my dad. RIP Mel, you’ll be missed.

From: midwest
Pretty cool, Scott! RIP Mel.

Was at Mel’s house when he still had the original mount of the wr. Great deer and a really nice guy RIP

From: bhunter
Rest in peace Mel.

From: JTV
Mel's legacy will live on forever, as will the story of great buck he killed... RIP Mr. Johnson ..

From: TXHunter
RIP sir. I, too, am glad his record has stood to this day. Quite amazing considering the millions of hunters, more efficient equipment, and all the $$$/time spent for the single purpose of growing huge deer.

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