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Listen to Podcast: Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club Member Says B&C Messed Up

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:

6 thoughts on “Listen to Podcast: Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club Member Says B&C Messed Up

  1. GrandView

    "…..the pictures look nothing like the rack in Fair Chase article."?

    Make a mirror image of the Fair Chase article rack……..and it’s virtually identical to the King rack. Not to mention there are pictures of Johnny King holding the rack with his index finger resting on the main beam "shelf" where the abnormal point is. The point is clearly offset to the inside. You don’t have to like the rule…………but let’s not continue the obfuscation that a rule wasn’t followed.

  2. Jason Bleachers

    Grandview, have you held the rack? I have not, the pictures look nothing like the rack in Fair Chase article.
    The bigger question is why does B&C hold such might over the WBBC? Why can’t WBBC meet and rule on it’s own instead of just taking a B&C scorers ruling as gospel.

  3. GrandView

    Why is it continually projected that B&C made a mistake? Unfortunately, the King buck had a broken main beam and had to be approved by B&C for measurement. At that time the abnormal point was noted by the panel making the judgement on the broken beam scoreability. Not a single person/scorer has yet discussed the B&C reply of why the point was ruled abnormal………including Mr. Laidlaw. The point is offset, growing from the inside of the main beam rather than from the top. Explained and illustrated in the Fair Chase article linked in the B&C reply. The condition was noted and explained in the article, and was a scoring premise long before the King buck was born.

  4. Robert Thompson

    This is incredible. I am left wondering however if the Wisconsin club is every bit as corrupt as B and C. Where is Wisconsin’s voice on this? Where is their official statement? This Laidlaw guy seems to be the only one who is courageous enough to stand up for the deer. The rest of the Club’s silence is deafening. If that isn’t an indictment against them, I don’t know what is. What and who are they afraid of? I think we all know the answer to that question.

  5. Willis McGee

    I understand that the Boone &Crockett Club is just that, a club. And that the main claim they have to legitimacy is time. They were the first and are the oldest and therefore most respected of the various record keepers for whitetails. However, it would seem that the strength and respectability of any organization would also be based on their ability to admit and correct major mistakes that they or their members make, even if it violates their own rules. It seems like in this case some really big mistakes were made in the early stages of this buck’s measurement process, and that not backing up and getting it right actually may do more harm to B&C’s credibility than admitting that honest mistakes were made and trying to get it right. This not just for the hunter and the memory of a great buck, but for everyone involved.

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