One Big Buck: The Johnny King Buck


A replica of the Johnny King Buck

A mount of the Johnny King Buck displays a replica of the contested antlers. (Photo by Shane Indrebo, courtesy of

On Nov. 18, 2006, avid whitetail hunter Johnny King of Mt. Horeb, Wis., shot a massive 12-point buck the likes of which were almost unparalleled in the annals of big bucks. As a straight 6-by-6 typical with no additional abnormal points, the rack grossed more than 220 inches, a milestone few typical big bucks in history have attained. Some even said the big buck could be the next world record whitetail deer.

Yet, some 4½ years later, the big buck’s rack remains in relative obscurity. In a time when antler scores and big racks are the Holy Grail to most avid whitetail fanatics, how could this happen to one of history’s big bucks? How could Wisconsin, a big buck factory and proud producer of the former world-record James Jordan Buck, let a deer like this slip through the cracks?

The answer is perplexing and, in a way, maddening. For King, life after killing the big buck will never be the same. Here, in a Deer & Deer Hunting exclusive, is his untold story.

Inside you’ll find …

  • Exclusive video interviews with Johnny King recounting his fateful hunt.
  • In-depth explanation behind the intimidation tactics used on B&C scorers.
  • Reaction from DDH experts on why this incredible buck deserves a second look.
  • Photos of this big buck.

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