The biggest buck bodywise I have shot was a 200 pound deer field dressed, the second morning of gun season in 2002 at about 80 yards using a 300WSM. This was my first year of deer hunting. It was also before antler restrictions were in place, it had five antler points 3x2. Talk about ground shrinkage, when I first saw it come out of the woods I would have sworn the rack was huge. But then I was new to deer hunting.
From an antler perspective the largest deer I shot had 13 scorable points, green scored 143. It field dressed at 180 pounds. He was shot opening morning of gun season 2007. I hunt with my brother and his son on our property in NW Missouri.
Since I had already taken a buck and a doe during archery season I opted to trek back into our woods and basically get out of their way so they could have the prime stands. I was sitting on the ground behind a tree in an area we never hunt, just watching the woods. I wasn't expecting to get much if any action as corn was still standing on our north border and we have several food plots in other areas of our property. About an hour after shooting light I thought I saw some movement off on the other side of a drainage, so I decided to do some grunting. I was grunting away like a mad man, not really caring all that much about technique or anything else. I was just having fun, I had already taken a couple of nice deer with my bow, so anything else would be a bonus and if I got skunked that would be fine too. After about five minutes of this loud grunting on and off, I realized I hadn't seen anything off in the woods. But I continued to grunt some more anyway. Occassionally using the can call I have to throw in some doe bleats with the grunting. Anyway, after another few minutes I turned to look around the tree I was behind and there was Mr. 13 pointer looking in my direction about 40 yards behind me. I dropped to a knee, braced my gun against the side of the tree for some support and shot him.
This was a deer we had on trail cameras all summer long and had hoped one of us would get.
This is my favorite photo of him taken in August 2007. I hope it shows up. Bodywise, he is the smallest of the four bucks I have shot.