Six years after Johnny King killed a monstrous Wisconsin whitetail, the Boone and Crockett Club will convene a panel scoring session for the buck Saturday in Montana.
Ron Boucher of Vermont served 25 years as a B&C scorer, sitting on two panel sessions including the current world record Milo Hanson Buck and devoting hours of volunteer time to the organization. He was ousted as an official scorer for publicly speaking his opinion about the King Buck, which he believes should be scored and most likely would be the new world record whitetail.
Boucher was the special guest Wednesday on Deer Talk Now, and he had some new information along with several pointed comments about the King Buck. The buck never has been officially scored by B&C. It is a 12-point, and at issue what B&C official Jack Reneau announced were “abnormal” points.
Among Boucher’s comments on Deer Talk Now were:
— After a 60-day drying period, the King Buck’s gross score was 225 7/8 and following deductions of 7 3/8, the final net was 215 4/8. That score would have been almost 5 points more than the Hanson Buck’s score.
“Those numbers are staggering,” Boucher said.
— Six years worth of normal antler shrinkage could reduce that first unofficial score. Because it has not been scored since January 2007, today’s score is unknown.
“There is shrinkage. This is normal,” Boucher said. “It happens all the time. Antlers are porous and green when the deer is killed, and they do shrink.”
— The King Buck is not a perfect rack but scoring and certifying a “perfect” rack is not the duty of the B&C Club.
“I can’t determine how a world record looks,” Boucher said. “Our category is called typical. It’s not called perfect.”