Got this pic in the Inbox today from a good friend in Texas who had received it from a good friend in Colorado.
Information from the e-mail that accompanied this photo – which appears to be a cell phone shot to me – says this: “Killed in the Wildcat hills, Scotts Bluff/Torrington area this morning 332 41pt 43 in spread 35 beam 7.5 bases New nebraska state record for both archery and firearm. There are only 27 deer ever shot and recorded in the Boone & Crockett books over 300 points.”
So the question I have is this: is this buck live or is it Memorex?
For starters, let me say that the longer I’ve been in this business, anytime I see a deer like this – call me a skeptic, if you will – the first thing that I wonder is whether or not this is another Internet hoax.
As in a PhotoShop enhanced photograph, a la Ralph Lauren style.
But a second thing I can’t help but wonder is this – is there a possibility that such a freak of nature is legit, wearing the headbones that God gifted that critter’s genetics with?
With that last thought in mind, let me say that as an official measurer for the Pope & Young Club and the Texas Big Game Awards program, there are a couple of things that must be kept in mind when it comes to reported “scores” of a big buck or bull.
First, record book entry and a deer’s state or all-time ranking come from a big game animal’s NET score not its gross score.
And second, while “green scoring” is a common practice – that is putting a number on an animal’s rack or horns shortly after it has been killed – no Pope & Young Club or Boone & Crockett Club score is official until an animal has gone through the mandatory 60-day official drying period required by both record keeping outfits.
So is this deer – a mule deer, it appears to me from the photograph – a legit 332-inch monster non-typical?
Or is it the big game version of the old Memorex commercial? (Editor’s Note: For all of you young bucks out there, Memorex was the high-quality audio and video tapes that old-timers like me used to use to record stuff in the pre-Ipod and DVR era!)
I guess time will tell.
If so – and the reported score verifies – then this supposed Cornhusker Monster would join a couple of dozen or so other mule deer bruisers in the 12th edition of the Boone & Crockett Club record book with net scores of 300-inches or better.
In fact, a 332-inch net score – again, should that number prove to be correct after all is said and done – would rank in the B&C book’s all-time “Top 10.”
Again, to sound like a broken record, I guess time will tell.
So what do you think?
First, am I right in my thought that this buck is a Cornhusker mule deer?
And if so, is it the real deal… or yet another in a long line of e-mail hoaxes or PhotoShopped photos?
I’d appreciate any input or information that anyone out there in Big Buck Nation might have!