February 13, 2009
BuckTracker: Back to ‘Bama
By Scott Bestul
One more post and I will leave my friends from Alabama alone for awhile. The photo of this buck came in about a week ago. It was titled, simply, “New State Record Typical Killed near Gurley, Alabama.” Since I’d just returned from this lovely state I eagerly clicked on the photo. It is, without a doubt, a wonderful buck; with fine mass, a beautiful frame and a chocolate color that I’ve always admired. And, if the buck scores 189-3/4” B&C (as the message claimed) it would be a state record, eclipsing a 186-3/8” buck found by George Mann in 1986.
Then my Internet skeptic instinct kicked in. Trust me, I want to believe every “biggest-ever-state-record-not-high-fenced” story I come across. But by now I think we’ve all learned that it’s best to be darn cautious of what you believe on the World Wide Web.
So I’m doing my best to answer two questions:
First, does this buck’s rack match the announced score? My B&C scorer buddy Tim Walmsley says “no way,” claiming a big abnormal point on the right will knock the buck from scoring as a 14-point (another claim in the photo) down to a 12.
Second, was the buck actually shot in Alabama, and in a fair-chase manner?
If you know anything, please share. And if you don’t, here is one big, beautiful whitetail to gawk at.