While every Boone & Crockett buck is a special trophy, the loftiest benchmark—300 net inches—is so rare as to seem unreal. Only a handful of wild non-typicals have been certified at that score.
As featured with exclusive coverage in our October issue, Indiana just joined B&C’s unofficial “300 Club,” thanks to the 305 7/8-inch giant Tim Beck shot there last gun season. That brings the number of states with a legitimate 300-incher to their credit to five. In addition to Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa have hit that mark, each with a single deer.
Conspicuously absent from this list is Kansas. The Sunflower State is legendary for its non-typicals, and rightly so. But officially, the state record is the 280 4/8-incher rifleman Joseph Waters shot back in 1987.
As huge as that buck is, the giant shown here is even bigger. Much bigger. In fact, based on the net entry score of 312 1/8, as calculated in early September by veteran measurer Dave Boland, this palmated beast finally pushes Kansas into B&C’s unofficial “300 Club.” At that score, this is potentially the No. 3 non-typical in whitetail history. What’s more, Dave came up with 51 points of an inch or more in length, making this the world’s first-ever true “50-pointer.”
Official measurements of this palmated 51-pointer found dead in Kansas give him a net B&C entry score of 312 1/8. If accepted, that score will make him the new No. 3 non-typical of all time. No other whitetail in the record book has ever grown this number of legal points.
These matched sheds from the Kansas brute were found only 20 yards apart in early 2012. The palmated drops net 220 inches—without any spread.
With the eight beam circumferences totaling 66 5/8 inches, Jim's buck has a gross typical score of 197 5/8. Adding the 122 6/8 inches of non-typical points brings the gross score to 320 3/8!
Trail Cam Glory
An anonymous neighbor of Jim's captured these amazing trail camera images of the Kansas giant. This is a shot in velvet in the summer of 2012, just before the buck died from exposure to EHD.
An anonymous neighbor of Jim's captured these amazing trail camera images of the Kansas giant. This shot shows the buck facing off with a raccoon in the fall of 2011. The buck died in 2012 from exposure to EHD.
Read more here: New Kansas State Record Whitetail Tops 300 Inches