There haven’t been that many 300+ inch deer on the record books throughout history and records like those aren’t easily broken. A 312 0/8-inch buck taken with a muzzleloader in Tennessee a few years back and a 294-inch archery non-typical buck are the closest it comes, yet they are easily surpassed by Brewster’s 320 ⅝-inch giant. Gordon says it’s remarkable that the Brewster buck outpaces previous record holders in such a big way noting that this buck is in a class of its own. How does a modern-day whitetail get so big? Is it perfect food, habitat, genetics or even an injury? Gordon says it’s hard to know exactly what causes monster wild whitetails but admits that sometimes giant bucks just fall out of the sky. In the case of the Brewster buck, Gordon says that the buck was probably 7 ½ years old when he was shot, based on trail camera images dating back four years. What’s interesting is that the buck did not put on all those inches of bone and become heavily non-typical until 2017. However, the big push happened in 2018 when it put on what appeared to be about 100 inches of antler in the course of just one year. With respect to size, the buck’s left antler is of particular interest as it is the highest scoring single wild whitetail antler of all time, including sheds. Non-typical on both sides, but especially large on the left, the antler scores 191 2/8-inches and Gordon will provide some perspective on just how big that is!
Does the Brewster buck’s existence give hope to other hunters there are other 300+ inch deer wandering around in their neck of the woods? Gordon says that records are made to be broken, however in the case of 320+ inch deer they are probably few and far between. There have been two wild whitetails, that we know of, that outscore the Brewster buck. However, neither were killed by a hunter but rather found already dead. The Hole in the Horn buck dating back to 1940 was 328 2/8-inches and the Missouri Monarch was a whooping 333 ⅞-inches. History says it’s possible for a hunter to best the Brewster buck, however Gordon says it would be a tall order to find another wild whitetail of that caliber. Be sure to check out the spring edition of North American Whitetail magazine dropping on February 5th with a special feature on the Brewster buck.
Sticking around for an extended interview, Gordon will talk about how to drop a deer in its tracks. Hunters everywhere hope for a very minimal track job once they shoot an animal, even better is when the deer you shoot falls right where it stands. Quick and ethical kills should always be the goal for hunters, but if you needed to be able to bust a buck in its tracks could you do it? Exploring that situation, Gordon authored a how-to article on NorthAmericanWhitetail.com called How to Drop a Deer in its Tracks. What is the advantage to knocking a deer down where it stands rather than track it? Well, Gordon says there are a lot of good reasons like the possibility of your deer going 75-100 yards and stepping over a hill making it harder to find, or the chance that your hit deer could run by another hunter causing an altercation about who the deer belongs to. In addition, an on the spot drop makes it far simpler to recover animals in swampy areas, before impending storms, or close to private land where if your deer steps across that boundary you’d have to get in touch with the land owner and secure permission before recovery.
In order to achieve a firearm shot that drops a buck in its tracks it’s all about the placement. Gordon says if a buck is squared up, looking straight at you the most effective shot is to aim for the base of the neck, right below the throat patch. As long as you are able to keep your shot centered it should shock the deer’s spinal column to the point where it drops immediately. This isn’t the highest probability shot and there are obvious risks associated with poor placement, however if done right, it’s very effective. If you have a perfect broadside shot, Gordon says shooting the deer high in the shoulder can ensure that it will fall immediately. While this may not be a favored shot for some hunters as they don’t want to lose the front end of the backstrap and have bloodshot shoulder meat, Gordon says the truth is that this shot results in very little meat loss if placed correctly. A high shoulder shot will incapacitate the deer and render it immobile almost immediately. This shot has to be placed correctly as well, shooting too high can result in giving the deer a haircut or grazing the top of its back and the deer getting away. Shots need to stay below the spinal column in order to make them as effective as possible. Check out the full article, How to Drop a Deer in its Tracks, at www.NorthAmericanWhiltetail.com where they also have tons of other great hunting information.
Be sure to listen in as Gordon Whittington, talks world record bucks and the how-to’s of dropping a deer where no tracking is required.
Also, pick up the new issue of North American Whitetail featuring the Brewster buck on February 5th. Even better, subscribe for only $10.00/year, that’s a steal y’all! Plus, you can catch North American Whitetail TV, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm ET on Sportsman Channel or watch anytime you want by using the MyOutdoorTV app.
Record racks and backstraps,