Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club member Marlin Laidlaw provides his personal opinions on the Johnny King Buck story in a two-part interview with Marc Drewek. In discussing the exclusive story that appeared in the Summer Issue of Deer & Deer Hunting, Laidlaw said the Boone and Crockett Club mishandled the potential world record buck from the start. This led to a series of events, he said, that has forced B&C to paint itself into a corner on getting the buck panel-scored.
Laidlaw, who is a former board member of the WBBC, is currently one of club’s nine regional directors. Although he is not an official B&C scorer, he has scored thousands of record-class whitetail racks during his near 30-year career with the WBBC. Laidlaw, who asked to measure the buck for his own information nearly two years ago, scored the buck at 215-1/8 inches as a clean 12-point typical. "I found it easy to call this rack a typical 215-plus-inch rack and difficult to call it a 180-inch typical or a nontypical," he told Duncan Dobie. "I learned early on in my scoring career that if it’s a close call, give it to the animal. The rules are fairly clear…"
To hear more about Laidlaw’s take on the King Buck, listen to the podcast here: