B&C Score: 185 1/8
Henderson Coquat bought the Apache Ranch in Webb County, fifty miles north of the streets of Laredo, Texas, in 1948. During World War II, Army Air Corps pilots had cratered the property with practice bombs and .50 caliber machine gun fire, and Coquat was not optimistic that many deer could be left on the ranch. But on December 28, 1949, he ran into a phenomenal 27-inch-wide 13-pointer on the Apache. When officially measured in 1953, the antlers scored 185 1/8 Boone and Crockett points, making it at the time not only the first Texas buck to crack the Boone and Crockett top ten of all time record book typical whitetail deer, but the world's record of the day.
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.