Case Closed on Broder Buck

A family dispute over the world-record trophy ends with $225,000 payday

Field & Stream Online Editors

Don Broder, a man as stubborn as the record mule deer his father killed more than 70 years ago, has finally paid the price for a broken promise.

Years of legal tug of war ended earlier this month when the Broder buck--the 43-point Boone & Crocket record trophy for non-typical mule deer--was sold to an American collector at an auction for $225,000, according to www.cbc.ca.

The fight over the antlers started in 1997, when Don's siblings sued him for collective ownership of the trophy rack, which their father had mounted in 1927. The Broder family wanted to sell the rack and divide the money. But Don wouldn't let go, claiming that he had made a promise to his father on his deathbed that he would keep the trophy in the family. Earlier this year a jury sided with the Broder family and ordered Don to hand the trophy over.

Holding true to the promise he'd made to his father, Don refused to give the antlers away and was found in contempt of court. He spent 10 days in jail in April before he admitted that he had already sold the trophy months before the court case started. A judge ordered Don to come forward with the $171,000 for which he sold the mount, so that the trophy could be sold under the proper circumstances.

Don was fined $53,000 dollars, which will be divided among his siblings to help cover the legal costs they incurred. Outside the courtroom, Don told reporters he wasn't sure why he lied about selling the antlers. "I was probably out of my mind at the time," he said. "Because of the pressure you're put into at the time."