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Score of Your BIGGEST Whitetail?
Yes we know it's not all about scores but sometimes it is!
168" Kansas ( Live in NY) recurve
184" Gross Iowa (Live here)
127” gross. Wisconsin. Still waiting on my first real biggun:)
Not a clue. I’ve arrowed about 75, and have never measured one. Not an “inches” hunter. If you are, that’s fine with me.
"Not a clue. I’ve arrowed about 75, and have never measured one. Not an “inches” hunter. If you are, that’s fine with me."
Then why bother posting?
132 7/8" New Jersey 8 point.
139 3/8" net PY, Illinois
146 1/8” gross. Archery. Rhode Island.
124 gross hill country Texas. My personal goal is a true P&Y from here maybe this year.
I have had 3 opportunities at 6x6s. 1 gun that was 172, 1 bow that was in the mid 150s and i shot the chunk off the top of another 6x6s back with a bow that was 160 plus . all in the hills of southern indiana.
152 SE Wisconsin....... You should ask for our biggest miss,,,, ha ha
I never get tired of seeing the bruisers that top 180! Ohiohunter's 204 typical is the stuff of dreams!!!
Just for you P2S, thanks man!
8 point 150 1/8 gross, 147 1/8 net taken with a Martin Dyna-Bow, the first true "single cam bow", New York 1992
Correction, it was a Graham Dyna-Bow
135 5/16" Gross 130 3/8" Net
143 North Central, smallest in the family for score - hear it all the time, lol, this one had my biggest body 227#, dressed.
I never get tired of seeing Ohiohunter's bleached pompadour!
161 gross CO but I don't hunt whitetails, only shoot them if a big one accidentally wanders by.
Deer in the middle is a 146 5/8 9 point. Deer on the left is just over 140 inch 10 point. Also have a 130 inch 8 point on the right. All Ct deer
Longbeard, nice collection! Make some room cause 2019 is gonna be awesome.. ??
I hope so!! I have a couple in mind but haven’t put out any cameras yet. Soon I will know what this years crop looks like!
Never measure but here's 3 northern Minnesota reps.
Gross 160 Kansas and Wyoming.
This one grossed low 180s. MN. 2004.
154 " 15 point Indiana bowkill
152 gross/146-6/8 net Gun
142 gross/ 138-5/8 net Bow
184 5/8 gross Nebraska archery
491"s are my biggest 3 combined shot in Kansas, Kansas and Kansas. Shawn
94" 9 point shot in ct. Only hunt ct. Lol.. first buck.
163” avg? How big was the biggest?
138” in Florida. Beat that u yanks!!!!
123 ish, Kansas. And I've hunted them in 6 states. 9 total hunts. I'm going to Alberta this year to see if I can do any better. I love every second of it, even if they've given me hell over the years.
190 6/8" killed this past Nov 27th in Ohio. My biggest archery buck is 147"
!86 6/8 Indiana. Biggest field dressed 218 lb.
148”, 275# IL. With an outfitter on a lease. Was my best scoring buck but he was only 6.5 years old. I’ve killed lower scoring bucks that age on hard hunted public in NY.... including a 10.5 year old ghost that just broke 130.
The 10.5 NY public land buck I mentioned
166* KS (guided). 161 Idaho (DIY).
Two Shawn's I see, my biggest 183. Shawn
Nov 8th, 2018 Iowa. 214 7/8" Gross 204 4/8" Net
121 bow, 150 muzzle loader
Scores are fun, but I'd rather shoot a mature old brute regardless. Had a mid 180 class buck in bow range twice 2 years ago, he disappeared all of last year, now hes back... and hes enormous.
Haven't found anything big enough to take to the taxidermist yet, so just one forky that was injured already that scored about 47. :)
Having just one tag a year most years here in MN, I usually only hold out for a buck until the firearms season opens, then I'll take the first tasty doe that wanders by.
125 gross - Bow, MO. like 35" of mass
150 gross 8 point. 225 dressed (scale weighed). Recurve Iowa Self guided, private land. No high fence.
128” gross Oklahoma , haven’t shot a P and Y yet not seen very many of that caliber. Missed a 150s ten point in Kansas a couple years ago that stung.
164" iowa whitetail, recurve
154" for bow. Spot and stalk.
Mid 160"s with a broken tine. Spot and stalk 40 yds with a rifle. Shot a 190"s back in 2002 but lost him to a neighbor
88" 10 point in KS with a bow. Lost a 220" in KS with rifle but lost him to the neighbor. Tough hunt.
And ... we will never see your face Quinn
Hard to post a hero picture of a rifle kill the neighbor got on the BOWSITE. You seem to have no problem finding plenty of old rifle kills to post on the BOWSITE.
See you this fall. The property we leased should have plenty of deer on it that you fed all year. We might even get a chance to kill one of then with BOW before your rifle hunt starts.
169 gross in Virginia. It was the second deer I ever killed with a bow.
173” but shoulda passed him as he was 3. He was wounded and being hunted hard by others on the neighboring propertiesas it was so I likely wouldn’t have found him next year.
Boreal, Dale is obviously more of a numbers guy. Some are about quality, others prefer quantity. You just need to decide which you are ;). It’s hard to be both. I knew a few guys like Dale in high school. Ha
173” typical is a shooter on any stretch of land. My 200+ is thought to have been 3.5... and a 180+ NT aged at 9+.. genetics, nutrition, stress... too many factors to suggest they WILL be bigger in time beyond a certain age. Places I hunt, you capitalize or you may never see that buck again. I’ve never seen a toad twice.
Gotta disagree somewhat, ohio. Can’t kill a 200” deer if you shoot him when he’s 170”. Granted, lots of variables and factors involved in, hopefully, getting him to 200”, and getting a crack at him, too.
When you hunt 5, 20, 50 acres.... you shoot 170’s every time.
I’ll add this... I don’t think anyone here would pass a 170” in hopes he’ll be bigger, I have 4 north of 170 and I’ll be damned if I let even a 160 walk.... heck.. any more I’m a “brown it’s down guy”, way more fun and less stress about inches of bone that will only collect dust.
*agreed, essentially to many variables to gamble away a -for most- once in a lifetime opportunity.
163" Ohio on my favorite day of the year, Halloween!
SitO, why is this the worst thread ever? because of gun kills on bowsite? or the banter? or both? I enjoy seeing any buck fellow bowsiter kill, doesn't matter to me what weapon they used. I prefer to kill mine with a bow, but I gun hunt as well. Good luck to you all.
I’ll bet SitO will say because this thread is about the antlers = aka horn porn SitO just turn the page and move along. No need for negativity
Maryland 147" and my only drop tine
Ohio to your point you’re spot on. On 50, 80 and even 160 acres I likely won’t pass a 170”. Had I known how old that buck was before I killed him and he made it through the rut I likely would have passed him though. Outside the rut he didn’t leave the 160 acre parsel I had sole access to. I assumed he was 4 and didn’t think I had previous experience with him. After killing him I found his 2 year old 120” sheds 10 yards away. Most 170”ers in my area weren’t 120” the year before so unless I realize they have that sorta potential they are getting an arrow.
Score doesn't matter as much as the reward of my efforts to get away end enjoy the outdoors. I have killed my fair share of great animals but the ones I remember the most are the ones that got away and the ones that were really hard to kill and the pain of the pack out.
why Is this topic so hard for people to understand and comment appropriately?
Ohiohunter, I think your post is applicable to nearly every thread that extends beyond about 15 posts.
Take the elk forum...somebody asks for photos of a "300 bull" so he has a frame of reference for an upcoming hunt. Only takes about 15 posts before it becomes a contest with posts of the biggest bulls anyone has ever taken, including with rifle, Dodge Ram, whatever. Then we get posts about how score doesn't matter, it's all about hearing the squirrels and birds chirping in the trees that make the hunt special.
And so it goes.......
15? A lot don’t even get that far. Conversing is fantastic as long as it stays semi on topic but the unwarranted arbitrary statements puzzle the hell out me. I mean who interrupts a random group of guys at bar to start their own topic?
Im pretty sure Matte called me while I was manscaping to inquire about my car’s extended warranty.
I like squirrels ........
I hate squirrels because they chew antlers and treestand seats. If you live near Olney Illinois you could see a white squirrel. White doesn’t absorb as much sunlight so it is s cooler clothing to wear. It is a preferred color for camo when you hunt in the winter. Because of global warming we won’t need it much longer.
I don’t hunt mice nor women for sport, it’s pure sustenance. At the end of the day I feel good knowing I’ve put forth just enough effort not to get fired, a truly satisfying feeling.
From October to June was the coldest extended period for all of North America in recorded history, according to the NOAA. Wonder how that white squirrel made out....
179 4/8" and 191 3/8" net typical
179 4/8" and 191 3/8" net typical
I've shared this before but these are my 2 best whitetails. 179 4/8 and 191 3/8, both net typical. Taken in 2007 and 2018 in Kansas. I'm proud to say that the ones I remember most are also the biggest ones. The ones that require everything I've got to outsmart them. It could be that guys who say score doesn't matter haven't spent an entire season or two trying to get the single biggest buck in your area. Most years I fail but now and then my persistence pays off. When that happens, the experience is greater than the score but when you find out the score is exceptional, well, that just adds to an already unbelievable experience. I will never apologize for being a hunter and I will never apologize for pursuing the biggest and smartest animal on any given hunt.
My biggest compound buck was 195 5/8 net NT, and my biggest recurve buck, can’t remember what it netted because it wasn’t great, but grossed 170ish. Scores mean something to me because they are the measuring stick, but once I kill an animal I’m proud of, I hardly care what the number “actually” shakes out at.
How many of y’all have a couple 130s from Florida!!!! Beat that!!! :)
Bigswivle- if I can kill mature bucks up here I can kill them in Florida. If you can kill mature bucks in Florida you could also kill them up here and most would score much more than 130’s
Apparently you never hunted Florida! Check the PnY book - damn near non-existent. A mature buck in Florida is lucky to break 110”. Pretty awesome big swivel!
Ah, so painful for me because big whitey's are my nemesis. I've arrowed one that grossed over 160 but have messed up on so many bigger, in some cases much bigger bucks that I can't stand it. Three posts above stand out. "We don't measure our deer and we don't measure our wives", "This is the worst thread on the Bowsite" and the way JSW eloquently explained how he will never apologize for appreciating that number on the tape. It is a thought provoking subject. We've all been programmed to measure things, since a very early age. One of the first things we tell each other after the birth of a newborn in the weight, right? And the bigger the better. Dad's proud because his little 9lb10oz baby boy is gonna be the next best QB the NFL has ever seen. Even Mom's is gonna brag about how hard it was to push out "little" Johnny to all the other Mom's. So it starts at birth. But to a lot of us, hunting, especially WT hunting, is just so personal. And also, a lot of us are so challenged in that we don't live in areas where the possibility of taking truly big WT's really ever exists. So it's no wonder this subject stirs the pot here like it does. I'm totally with Willie when he says something as sacred as my wife should not be measured, but I am also 100% on board with JSW's thoughts that years of effort in the relentless pursuit of the biggest buck in the county should absolutely be quantified, and there should be no apologies for it. Great subject. Really hope I can add a little more to this one someday...
My biggest is a mid 120” ish (Never measured). South Dakota.
We were pheasant hunting and bow hunting deer in the late 90s.
I was in a field with the dogs pheasant hunting and my dad and uncle drive up yelling they just saw a good buck cross a 2 track and go into a corn field. And so they went back and got my dads bow and his arrows. For me to go after it.
I’m thinking, ok you saw a deer :45 ago go into a typical 600 acre SD cornfield.
I start out on the track and am talking to myself, saying, Self this is the biggest waste of time.
I’m going row to row looking into the next row then step. Then repeat. About :30 in and there he is bedded. His butt towards me and is front legs head and neck forming and L shape and his head is in the middle of the corn stalks.
I back out sneak down closer and pop back out just under 30 yds. (No range finder then)
With his butt facing me I need to thread the arrow just in front of the rear Ham.
I draw slowly step out and shoot.
I blood trail and track this deer out of the field and the tracks lead into nothing but a mile of dirt field. So not seeing the deer laying there I regroup and get help.
We take up the trail. Now with my own bow setup. Track the deer to a 60 yard yards across Swail. The grass is only 18” tall so he can’t hide in there.
The tracks go in and don’t come out.
We are all scratching our heads talking. And the deer jumps up with grass and mud in his antlers and runs across the dirt field into another corn field.
I stay on the track. No blood
I find him bedded again in the corn. And make a better shot. Killing the deer.
The first arrow had apparently glanced off the rear lower leg and skipped up and grazed his muzzle.
So the initial blood trail was a lower leg and nose wound.
I’ve killed quite a few in that class. No big ones. My wife is the whitetail killer. 184” Kansas and some other good Kansas and Iowa deer.
She killed a good one behind our house last year 8th of oct
OooK, I don’t know what this picture is or where it came from. I was trying to post more pics of my wife’s deer.
Bud light can pic goes with deer. Her best from Kansas
Bud light can pic goes with deer. Her best from Kansas
Biggest gross score 214 5/8 NT muzzleloader Best Archery 198 /1/8 2nd best archery 189 All Iowa
best compound 140 ish best recurve cute little non-typical 2 year old. 80 max
best rifle 150+ with double drop tines.
All in MT oz
Bow 154 and change gross net 146 4/8" 8 point
162 gross. I52 P&Y net. Colorado
I haven’t killed him yet. But I’m a hopeless dreamer and optimist ;). He’s there. So there’s always a chance
170" Illinois 8point archery
186" gross typical Missouri with Tall Tines recurve. Nets 177 and change
Please post a picture of the 170 8 point!! That's a huge one!!
I have no idea but he is big .
Keefers that is one unique buck! Really nice. Bet he looks great on the wall.
Let me find a Wall picture....
No clue, but he wouldn’t score much; one of those “stud” bucks - a 2X4.
But he was a big dude!
0! I have Never killed nor even shot one!
Right around 175 lbs that is . The backstraps were 22" each= 44 plus 6" in diameter =12 , so 44 plus 12 comes to about a score of about 56".
198 inch 21 point non typical
Hunting is not baseball,, I hate scores and names on deer............... I was huge on the whole scoring thing from the 70s to the 90s, than I said,,,,,,,,, who cares, and the scoring groups turned me off,,,,,,,,,,,, best buck is a 156 out of Wis............... I hate to say what I missed
I think scoring 20 years ago, was in better perspective, today, it has gotten to be a joke with TV hunting shows and social media
Bow. NJ. Recent. Green scored 168 2/8 10 pt (gross). 193 lbs dressed . Never shot a mature buck with a gun - no clue how to even hunt with a gun. Lot's of good one's with bow several really good P&Y into the 140's in this state but this one just shattered the 150" mark into very unrealistic territory for me in this state.
172 wt Colo 189 4/8 muley Colorado no