When the news broke more than a month ago about this stupendous whitetail deer from Indiana, it sent shock waves through the hunting world about the possibility of a record-shattering rack.
Turns out, the story is true. Tim Beck’s buck is among the best of all-time.
The Indiana hunter had his gigantic rack officially scored by Boone and Crockett, which certified it with a final score of 305 7/8. It is the second-largest deer killed by a hunter and the antlers are only the fifth set ever known to break 300 inches.
The two best non-typical racks scored 333 7/8 — the famed “Hole in the Horn” buck from Ohio — and 328 2/8 inches, also from Ohio. Those were found by hunters and later scored. The No. 3 non-typical B&C buck, the Lovstuen Buck of Iowa, scored 307 5/8.
It’s a remarkable time for whitetail deer hunters and giant bucks. With more management strategies being put into place, along with hunters being more tuned into seeking big bucks, the bonanza of giants surely will continue.