The biggest point of contention with the Johnny King Buck story — the reason why it is a D&DH exclusive — is that since the trophy buck was killed, many (I’ve been told that it has been dozens) of certified B&C scorers have actually laid there hands on the rack and, in accordance with the way they interpret B&C rules, they consider the G-2s and G-3s typical all the way. If it is indeed typical, it is, most likely, bigger than the Milo Hanson Buck and, hence, is the new World Record typical.
Big point to remember here: These are certified B&C scorers. Not Joe Schmoes with measuring tapes. Not some guy with Internet access who is looking at a photo on a computer screen. They are bona fide B&C volunteer representatives.
Since this story broke last week, it is apparent that some scorers will not speak up because they don’t want to jeopardize their futures as B&C measurers. That’s just plain wrong. If this buck does not go to panel, it is an indictment on all those involved. The "we don’t panel-score 180-inch deer" argument is weak. What’s even weaker is that some folks who don’t believe the deer should be panel-scored have claimed that "80 to 90 percent of all B&C scorers do not know how to determine what constitutes a shared base." I’ve also been told that these discrepancies normally do not come to light unless the deer is of top caliber.
Seriously? So are they saying, in other words, that 80 to 90 percent of B&C scorers don’t know what they’re doing … even though some of them have been doing it for 10, 20, 30 years or more?
This buck was killed under 100 percent fair-chase hunting tactics, tagged legally by an honest, law-abiding hunter. He killed this buck on free-ranging land in western Wisconsin, the heart of the Midwest’s CWD-infected area. How a deer can live to old age in that kind of environment is a story in and of itself.
Final point: The only thing these scorers are asking for is for Boone & Crockett to follow proper protocol and have the rack panel-scored and let the chips fall where they may. They are that confident that the Johnny King Buck will finally gets its due.
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