Update: NEBRASKAland Magazine
recently sent D&DH
these images of the buck and an article.
292-Inch Nontypical Bagged in Nebraska
Wesley O'Brien, of Lexington, Texas, killed what could be Nebraska's next record whitetailed buck on November 14, 2009, the first day of that state's 9-day firearm season. Preliminary measurements scored the 38-point rack at 292 7/8 gross and 281 net.
This massive and gnarly buck, taken in the southeast part of the state in Richardson County on private land, is quickly becoming one of the most talked about whitetails across the country. "It's a remarkable deer," said Tony Korth, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aquarium director and certified antler scorer.
Nebraska's current state record for a nontypical firearm is 242 5/8, taken by Robert Snyder in 1961. O'Brien's buck is expected to eclipse this deer and could potentially rival Nebraska's state record buck for any weapon and the current world record for archery, Del Austin's 1962 buck nicknamed "Old Mossy Horns" that scored 279 7/8.
O'Brien's buck was shot with a .270 Weatherby Magnum a few minutes before the end of legal shooting time. He and two hunting partners, Brandon Rhodus of Lexington, Texas, and Dave Haveman of Louisville, Nebraska, were scouting for Sunday's hunt when they saw the buck about 250 yards away.
O'Brien worked his way through a patch of timber to get a shot within 100 yards. The deer ran 30 yards and dropped. "I'm just lucky," he said. "A good hunter doesn't kill that deer. A lucky one does."
-- Jeff Kurrus- NEBRASKAland Magazine