The following article and images are courtesy of NEBRASKAland
Wesley O’Brien, of Lexington, Texas, killed what could be Nebraska’s next record
whitetailed buck on November 14, 2009, the first day of that state’s 9-day firearm
season. Preliminary measurements scored the 38-point rack at 292 7/8 gross and 281
This massive and gnarly buck, taken in the southeast part of the state in Richardson
County on private land, is quickly becoming one of the most talked about whitetails
across the country. “It’s a remarkable deer,” said Tony Korth, a Nebraska Game and
Parks Commission aquarium director and certified antler scorer.
Nebraska’s current state record for a nontypical firearm is 242 5/8, taken by Robert
Snyder in 1961. O’Brien’s buck is expected to eclipse this deer and could potentially
rival Nebraska’s state record buck for any weapon and the current world record for
archery, Del Austin’s 1962 buck nicknamed “Old Mossy Horns” that scored 279 7/8.
O’Brien’s buck was shot with a .270 Weatherby Magnum a few minutes before the end
of legal shooting time. He and two hunting partners, Brandon Rhodus of Lexington,
Texas, and Dave Haveman of Louisville, Nebraska, were scouting for Sunday’s hunt when
they saw the buck about 250 yards away.
O’Brien worked his way through a patch of timber to get a shot within 100 yards. The
deer ran 30 yards and dropped. “I’m just lucky,” he said. “A good hunter doesn’t kill
that deer. A lucky one does.”
— Jeff Kurrus- NEBRASKAland Magazine