ORIGINAL: passin through
Finally found that North American Whitetail issue...July 2008. Here is the Low Down:
This info is taken from a North American Whitetail exclusive article written by Duncan Dobie
Buck Killed in NE Nebraska on a 120,000 acre Indian reservation in 2005
He was recovered the morning after
He was tape weighed by two Indian reservation Game Wardens for the reservation books. He may have been actually put up on real scales by them, but the hunter did not witness that as he was doing paper work for the Reservation log book. In either case the official weight went on the reservation log book as 412lbs. (this is the weight the Wardens recorded)
Hunters name is Stan Whitt of Harrisburg AR
He was there with some other guys trying to fill a tag on a P&Y deer in 2005 when he killed this deer. (who scored abt 130")
That's what I said in the post on the 1st page . The link is there ...........
412-Pound Deer Killed
Part 3: Analysis
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Circulating via email since December 2005, these images generated a good deal of skepticism among hunters, game wardens, and even sports columnists when they first appeared online. It was originally claimed that the deer was killed somewhere in Nebraska. Later variants specified Clarion County, Pennsylvania as the actual hunting ground.
But it wasn't the locale that proved to be the biggest bone of contention -- it was the alleged weight of the buck -- 412 pounds -- a figure characterized by a deer biologist quoted in the Toledo Blade
as "biologically possible" but unlikely.
Not that deer weighing 400 pounds or more have never been documented -- they have, on rare occasions, just not in the state of Nebraska. Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune
, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission big game manager Kit Hams said he had never heard of a 300-pound whitetail deer being shot in his state, let alone a behemoth 400-pounder. He also said that to his knowledge no one had come forward to claim the kill, which struck him as suspicious.
Skeptics cited apparent discrepancies in the photos, spinning various theories as to how they might have been faked. The antler rack is too small for the body, some observed, while others noted a subtle difference between the color of the buck's head and that of its body -- both signs that the images may have been Photoshopped. Still others pointed out that the hunters appeared to have positioned themselves well back from the carcass when the photos were snapped, fudging the perspective to exaggerate the deer's size. It was also suggested that the carcass looked bloated, as if the deer had already been dead for a time before the pictures were taken.
The hunter speaks
After a few weeks of rampant speculation, Dennis Anderson of the Star Tribune
finally managed to locate someone willing to take credit for the kill, an Arkansan named Stan Whitt. The deer was real, Mr. Whitt insisted. He felled it with a single arrow during a November 2005 hunting trip in Nebraska. The reason state game officials could find no record of the kill, he explained, was that it took place on an Indian reservation.
The carcass never actually made its way to the scales, Whitt admitted. With a tribal wildlife official in attendance, its weight was estimated at 412 pounds based on measurements of its girth taken with a special measuring tape. According to Whitt, the method is supposed to be accurate within a 6% margin of error.
One point of speculation was confirmed in Whitt's version of the story, namely that the carcass was swollen when the photograph was taken. The deer bolted and disappeared after it was shot, Whitt told Anderson, and its body wasn't found till the next day, by which time it was "somewhat bloated" and beginning to stink.