Almost every hunter has heard of the “book”—the Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North American Big Game. In 1932, B & C published its first records book which listed 50 whitetails of all types. In 2005 the 12th edition had, including typical and non typical whitetail and Coues’s deer, well over six thousand entries.
This gallery takes from those entries some of the most outstanding bucks ever to reach the top ranks of the Boone and Crockett Club records, some of those deer dating back nearly to the time of the club’s founding, up to the world’s records of today.
But before moving forward, take look at the document to the left. Before the Boone and Crockett Club adopted its current scoring system in 1950, measuring a whitetail was much simpler. Here's a 1938 score sheet for a whitetail killed by a lion that was picked up in Mexico by a hunter. His name was Jack O'Connor.
Almost all of the deer in this gallery, and many more, can be found in A Whitetail Retrospective: Vintage Photos and Memorabilia from the Boone and Crockett Club Archives. We would like to thank the Boone and Crockett Club for having generously let us reproduce them here. For those interested in helping the Boone and Crockett Club continue its vital conservation work, there is an associates program you can join for an annual fee of $35. -- T.M.