November 23, 1993, was cold and clear. A fresh snow had fallen the night before, providing perfect tracking conditions. Milo and John were to meet up With Walter and Rene at sunrise that morning after Milo had finished feeding the cattle and doing the morning chores. When the hunters met up, the buck had already been located. He was holed up with two does in a big low laying brush patch. Soon posters were in position, Milo on a high bluff to the South, John to the west. Rene was to track the buck out and Walter would wait on the road on the east side to try to follow if necessary. Soon after Rene began tracking, the buck broke out, heading north over open pasture without the does. Walter threw a little lead at him and the chase was on.
In all, this buck ran across all or part of eight different sections, often stopping in brush patches or circling back on his trail. The buck would then have to be tracked out, usually by Rene. At first the chase favored the deer, but as they headed for Milo's farm, the odds were slowly changing. There the hunters would know every field, brush patch, and escape route, the result of many years of hunting this area.
Soon the buck was in a brush patch along Milo's western property line. Knowing a likely escape route, Milo ran out into the pasture to be in position. Suddenly the buck broke out, about 100 yards east of Milo moving fast. As he ran straight away, into the low sun, Milo shot. The bullet grazed the deer's back, skipped up and hit the right antler, instantly knocking him down and nearly breaking the antler itself. Just as fast the deer was back up, seemingly unhurt and moving out fast. "He looked like he was on fire," Milo said to me as he vividly described the deer's hot breath and the steam from his back wound flowing out in a long fiery plume, "as he ran away under the low laying Sun." Three hundred and fifty yards away he turned to the northwest, headed into a brush patch and held up.
The painting I have created shows the buck going into that last patch. Less than 100 yards from this spot, Milo cautiously approached and put him down for good, thus stepping into the pages Of deer hunting history. Two months later this great buck was certified by the Boone and Crockett Club as the new World Record Typical Whitetail Deer.|
The Ed Koberstein Buck
Hunter: Ed Koberstein|
Home: Lacombe, Alberta
Buckís Score: 218 3/8 Buckmasters & 188 3/8 Boone & Crockett
Date Shot: Nov. 25, 1991
Area Where Shot: Lacombe, Alberta
Rifle Used: Remington - Model 700 BDL - 270 Caliber
Bullets Used: Hornady 130 GR Spire Point
Distance of Shot: 43 yards
On Monday morning - Nov. 25, 1991 at 6:00 a.m. I was up and ready to attack my last chance for the '91 whitetail season. I left about 7:30 a.m. and arrived at my driving location by 7:40 a.m. Legal shooting could start at about 7:35 a.m. so with a thermos of coffee and a sitting cushion I headed for a location down a trail. With a slight wind in my favor I walked slowly and as quietly as possible, searching the bush and listening for any sound I might pick up. About one hundred and fifty (150) yards from where I was headed, a deer started blowing at me from well within the bush to the left. The bush was spruce, poplars and willows. I crouched on the road to get a better view under the tree branches but couldn't detect any movement. The blowing continued for about five (5) minutes and then quit. I stayed put for a further five (5) minutes but could not pick up any movement with or without my scope. Somewhat frustrated I continued down the trail to a log with a good sized poplar tree for backrest. I cleaned the snow and frost off the log, plopped my cushion down and settled in for my vigilance of the elusive whitetail.|
I didn't wait more than ten (10) minutes when I heard something behind me. Turning my head slightly (owl style) I spotted a deer in the bush about forty-five (45) yards away. The deer was looking directly at me and started pounding the ground with its front hoofs. I froze in that position for fear the deer would see movement and bolt.
Here we were, me eyeballing the deer and the deer trying to spook me with some pounding and the occasional snort. This lasted about one and a half (1 Ĺ) minutes. I was able to see that it was a good buck and I made up my mind to take him if the chance was there. He finally looked off to the west, giving me an opportunity to turn my body one hundred and eighty (180) degrees to face the direction he was coming from.
I didn't see him leave, nor could I pick him up in my scope for the bush was fairly thick. Finally I spotted the antlers and realized he was a keeper. Pulling the scope back from the antlers, I could not find a space large enough through the brush to get a good shot. As his movements were getting more erratic, I thought he would bolt any second and all I would see was his north end heading south. Eventually I spotted an opening about eight (8) inches in diameter at a location I determined should be his shoulder area. With a deep breath, I aimed my 270 and fired! Instinct took over and I immediately chambered another shell. The bush was quiet. The deer was gone! My heart sank and I sat there thinking, how could I miss at that range? I stood up to get a better look and heard something where my buck had been standing. Walking toward the area, I saw him lying in the snow right were he had been standing a minute earlier! I ran the last fifteen (15) yards to get my first close up look. My first thoughts were "This is a good buck! No, a great buck!" It's a good thing nobody was watching because it may have been somewhat humorous to see my first reactions to the buck. I just stared in awe with no one else to share this moment.
The Broder Buck Story
Ed Broder and Philip Mohr packed Edís 1914 Model T Ford touring car in November of 1926 with three weeks supply of hunting gear and provisions and headed west out of Edmonton, Alberta. Reaching the settlement of McKay near Chip Lake, Alberta they traveled south over near-impassable logging roads to their chosen campsite on the Bigoray River. From this point on the wilderness was so rugged that hunting could only be accomplished on foot. During the first week out Ed bagged a black bear despite poor hunting conditions, as the first snowfall had not yet arrived. At the start of the second week a foot of fresh snow arrived making excellent hunting conditions for which Ed and Philip could use their keen tracking abilities to their advantage. Both of these men were extremely skilled in bush hunting and were always prepared to spend a night on the tracks in the wilderness in order to pursue their game at daybreak the following day.
During the second week Ed was tracking a moose when he noticed a big deer track had crossed the moose track, after examining the deer track more closely he chose to track the fresher deer track because he always wanted a nice big buck to have mounted. After tracking the deer for several hours Ed became cold and wet but still persisted. The deer tracks led him to a small clearing where he spotted the deer browsing in some low shrubs at 100 yards. Moments later when the deer raised its head, the antlers came into view and Ed quickly drew his Winchester 32 Special and dropped the buck. Upon approaching his game Ed realized this was no ordinary mule deer, it was a truly awesome buck. Ed had Wolfe Taxidermists do a shoulder mount and proudly displayed his trophy in his home for 36 years prior to being officially scored by the Boone and Crockett club in 1962.
Ed Broder with World Record Mule Deer in original 1962 Edmonton Journal newspaper. Ed had the deer in his home from 1926 to 1962 before being officially scored by Boone & Crockett. This original photograph was when Ed realized he had a world record stashed in his home for 36 years.
WORLD'S RECORDS NON-TYPICAL WHITETAIL DEER
SCORE: 333 7/8
LOCATION: St. Louis County, MO
HUNTER: Picked Up
OWNER: MO Dept. of Cons.
Length of main beam: Right 24 1/8 - Left 23 3/8
Inside spread: 23 3/8
Circ. of smallest place between burr and first point:
Right 5 1/8 - Left 5 1/8
Number of points:
Right 19 - Left 25
World Famous Missouri Monarch Record
A replica of the Missouri Monarch- the highest scoring Non-Typical
in the world and the Missouri State Record Typical Whitetail will be on display at the
Mid-America Deer Classic. See both amazing trophies on
display. The world's highest scoring non-typical
(333 7/8 points, weighing 250lbs.), the Missouri
Monarch, died of natural causes in St. Louis County, Missouri
in 1981 about 20 miles from downtown St. Louis. The Monarch's
discovery awakened folks to the possibility of suburban hunting,
and caused deer experts to revise their thinking on how big a rack
can grow. Dean Murphy officially scored the Monarch.
This unbelievable rack has 44-scorable points, with almost as many
of them pointing downward as upward. An outside spread of
33 3/8 inches helps the buck show off everything he grew.
Beatty Buck Scores 304 6/8 A 39-point Ohio whitetail killed last November in Greene County is a new
state record, and if approved by national scoring organizations, would also
be the largest deer ever taken by a hunter in the world, according to the
Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Deer hunters all over the country have been anxiously waiting for the
official scoring of a huge whitetail buck shot by Xenia bow hunter Mike
Beatty on November 8. Earlier this week a panel of judges put together by
the Buckeye Big Buck Club met to decide whether the deer would become the
top non-typical whitetail ever taken in Ohio, and possibly the biggest ever
taken anywhere by a hunter. Mike Beatty's adventure just began when he shot
the huge non-typical whitetail with 39 measurable points. Beatty contacted
Ron Perrine, Sr. of Xenia, an official scorer for several antler-scoring
organizations, including the Boone and Crockett Club, the Pope and Young
Club and the Buckeye Big Buck Club. Perrine initially scored the buck at 291
3/8. Antlers are required to ``dry`` for 60 days before an official score
can be taken.
The Buckeye Big Buck Club keeps records of large bucks taken by hunters in
Ohio. Butch Todd, scoring supervisor for the Buckeye Big Buck Club,
organized a panel of four judges, including Perrine, to measure the buck and
come up with an official score. At the end of the session, Beatty's buck
came away with a score of 304 6/8, making it easily the largest non-typical
buck ever taken in Ohio.
``I scored it very conservatively the first time around; it's far better to
surprise a hunter with a larger score than to cause disappointment when the
official measuring is done,`` said Perrine.
The score sheet produced by Perrine will be submitted to the Boone and
Crockett Club for future inclusion. Currently, only two non-typical bucks
score higher than Beatty's buck. Number one is called the ``Missouri
Monarch`` and scores 333 7/8. It was found dead near St. Louis in 1981.
Number two is Ohio's ``Hole-In-The-Horn`` at 328 2/8, found dead by a
railroad track near Ravenna in 1940. Beatty's buck should end up listed as
number three, and the world's largest whitetail ever taken by a hunter.
WORLD'S RECORDS TYPICAL COUES' WHITETAIL DEER
SCORE: 144 1/8
LOCATION: Pima County, AZ
HUNTER: Ed Stockwell
OWNER: Barbara Stockwell
Length of main beam: Right 20 2/8 - Left 20 5/8
Inside spread: 15 3/8
Circ. of smallest place between burr and first point: Right 5 4/8 - Left 5 6/8
Number of points: Right 5 - Left 5
WORLD'S RECORDS NON-TYPICAL OUES' WHITETAIL DEER
SCORE: 186 1/8
LOCATION: Hidalgo County, NM
HUNTER: Peter M. Chase
OWNER: W.B. Darnell
Length of main beam: Right 17 6/8 - Left 16 5/8
Inside spread: 18 2/8
Circ. of smallest place between burr and first point:
Right 4 5/8 - Left 4 6/8
Number of points: Right 8 - Left 8