The Deer & Deer Hunting World Record Buck Exclusive

WELCOME INSIDE TRACK READERS TO A DEER & DEER HUNTING EXCLUSIVE!

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 www.classicantlers.com)

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 deer and deer hunting. As a straight 6-by-6 typical with no additional abnormal points, the great rack grossed more than 220 inches, a milestone few typical whitetail racks in history have attained.

Yet, some 4½ years later, the rack remains in relative obscurity. In a time where antler scores and giant racks are the Holy Grail to most avid whitetail fanatics, how could this happen to a buck of this magnitude? How could Wisconsin, rich in whitetail history 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 will never be the same. Here, in a Deer & Deer Hunting exclusive, is his untold story.

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