deer in line for record
Truth is that Mike Beatty, 31, of Xenia, Ohio, used a compound bow in Greene County on Nov. 8 to fell a buck for the ages. The 250-pound deer wore a 39-point, nontypical rack that green-scored 291 3/8 by a veteran Boone and Crockett scorer, said Todd Haines, supervisor of wildlife management for the Ohio Division
of Wildlife district office in Xenia.
"That would be tops in Ohio,'' Haines
said. "It's a monster of a deer, and it's going to be way, way
up there.'' The latter exclamation referred to national
rankings by Boone and Crockett, which keeps score of the largest North
American game animals no matter what the method of kill.
The large-as-life antlers have been moved
out of state for security reasons, Haines said because record racks
are valuable to collectors and for display at outdoor shows.
Meanwhile, a female hunter in Licking
County, who is remaining on the sly, used a compound bow to cut down
a 12-pointer that weighed 301 pounds, according to one of her hunting
No official word has surfaced, so the 300-pound whitetail remains apocryphal.