Unless you just bicycled from your off-the-grid yurt to the local library’s computer lab, you know that a specially convened B&C world-record scoring panel measured the King buck on Saturday. The enormous Wisconsin 12 pointer, taken by Johnny King with an iron-sighted .30/30 on his family farm in November of 2006, has been embroiled in an year-long controversy centering on the buck’s right G3— a roughly 7-1/2-inch tine that spells the difference between a typical score of 180 and a new Boone and Crocket world-record typical mark of 215 or more.
In 2007, B&C Director of Big Game Records Jack Reneau deemed the G3 abnormal, temporarily ending the King buck’s shot at the top of the B&C book and igniting a firestorm of criticism, complete with accusations of lies, intimidation, and cover-up. Since then a contingency of media, deer hunters, and even B&C measurers have fought for one thing: a panel score. Yesterday, they got it--and we have exclusive pictures of the procedure, inch by inch.
Courtesy of Boone & Crockett