Big, record-class whitetails are incredible animals. But big nontypical whitetails—sporting racks covered in drop tines, extra main beams,
Big, record-class whitetails are incredible animals. But big nontypical whitetails—sporting racks covered in drop tines, extra main beams, and a dizzying number of points—are on another level. Since 1887, Boone & Crockett has been keeping records of some pretty impressive deer along with other big game species, and with their help, we put together this list of the biggest non-typical whitetail bucks from every state—including the biggest hunter-killed buck of all time.
Think you’ll never shoot a wall-hanger like one of these? Statistically, you probably won’t. But these hunters never expected to tag the deer they did, either. Who knows, maybe this season you’ll find yourself becoming part of this list.
- Buck Score: 259 7/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 24, 1989
- Hunter: Jon G. Moss
The top buck in ‘Bama was bagged by Jon G. Moss in Perry County. It’s held the record for more than 30 years and continues to stand well ahead of the pack. It’s one of 14 Alabama bucks to make the all-time list. Interestingly, this deer has 27 and 28 4/8-inch main beams and carries 36 total scoreable points, 27 of which are on the right antler.
- Buck Score: 196 2/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1971
- Hunter: Native American
The largest non-typical Coues whitetail ever harvested was tagged by an unnamed Native American in 1971. It was bagged in Graham County, and continues to hold the record by nearly 40 inches. It has a total of 26 points, 15 of which are abnormal.
- Buck Score: 238 3/8 inches
- Date Harvested: December 16, 1999
- Hunter: William Dooley
The top buck in Razorback country was harvested by William Dooley. It was bagged in Prairie County in 1999 and continues to hold the record. It ranks No. 277 all-time. This buck sports a total of 27 points, 18 of which are abnormal. Interestingly, this deer’s gross and net scores are less than 10 inches apart.
- Buck Score: 258 2/8 inches
- Date Harvested: October 21, 1992
- Hunter: Michael J. Okray
Taken in 1992, the top non-typical in Colorado is 258 2/8 inches. Bagged in Cheyenne County, it sports 29 points, and ranks No. 65 all-time. This is an impressive deer, but it doesn’t sport giant main beams, going 23 inches on either side. It also it has only a 16 2/8-inch inside spread. It only has three tines over 10 inches, but this deer really gets its score from the vast number of points. Oh, and like seven drop tines doesn’t hurt.
- Buck Score: 201 7/8 inches
- Date Harvested: December 6, 2000
- Hunter: Henry M. Konow, Jr.
One of four non-typical bucks taken in the state, this deer goes 201 7/8 inches. It was taken in New London County. Despite being the top dog in the Constitution State, it ranks No. 3,053 all-time. The buck sports 19 scoreable points, and has everything you want, including long beams, a wide spread, and lots of tines.
- Buck Score: 208 4/8 inches
- Date Harvested: January 25, 2005
- Hunter: Keith H. Lee
The biggest buck in Delaware was taken in Sussex County in 2005. It ranks No. 1 in the state and No. 1,923 all-time. With 27 points, this deer is truly a spectacle, and has quite a unique rack, even for a non-typical whitetail.
- Buck Score: 201 3/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1941
- Hunter: Clark Durrance
The biggest Florida deer ever harvested was taken in Wakulla County in 1941. It ranks No. 3,154 all-time. It sports 25 total points with only about 4 inches difference between the gross and net scores. The mass, spread, and beam length are good, but none of these are beyond exceptional. It boasts a lot of points, though, which boosts its scores so high.
- Buck Score: 249 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 26, 1998
- Hunter: Billy J. Padgett
Billy J. Padgett shot the biggest buck in Georgia in Telfair County in 1998. While it’s No. 1 in the state, it’s No. 125 overall. With 38 points, it’s eye-catching, for sure. Interestingly, 30 of the points on Padgett’s buck are abnormal.
- Buck Score: 267 4/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1955
- Hunter: Herman Lunders
In 1955, Herman Lunders shot the state record non-typical in Idaho County. At 267 4/8 inches, it ranks No. 43 all-time. Overall, it has 39 points, moderate mass, and great beam length. It even has a whopping 27 6/8-inch inside spread. This deer is pretty wild looking.
- Buck Score: 327 7/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 2, 2018
- Hunter: Luke H. Brewster
The current largest hunter-harvested deer, the Brewster buck is No. 3 all-time due to two picked-up bucks. However, it’s No. 1 in the state, and was bagged in Edgar County. The deer has 39 points, a 20 1/8-inch inside spread, and much more. This deer is pretty freaky, especially on that left side.
- Buck Score: 303 7/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 17, 2012
- Hunter: Timothy J. Beck
The Timothy J. Beck buck was harvested in Huntington County. It sits at No. 8 all-time, and sports 35 total points. One main beam is 30 inches, and the other is over 29 inches. It also has a 23 ½-inch inside spread.
- Buck Score: 307 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: September 29, 2003
- Hunter: Tony W. Lovstuen
Harvested by Tony Lovstuen, Iowa’s top non-typical was taken in Monroe County in 2003. With 38 points, it ranks No. 6 all-time. The inside spread is 22 inches, and beams are 26 3/8 and 23 5/8 inches. The mass is incredible, though.
- Buck Score: 321 3/8 inches
- Date Harvested: October 11, 2019
- Hunter: Brian R. Butcher
Brian Butcher bagged the big one in Kansas in Chase County. This buck is the second largest bow deer taken by a hunter. In total, the deer has 67 points, all but three of which are on the left side. This deer is utterly incredible and unique. All but two mass measurements are less than 4 inches in circumference. The inside spread is 20 inches.
- Buck Score: 274 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: September 28, 2019
- Hunter: Picked Up
The biggest Kentucky non-typical whitetail was picked up in 2019. Found in Christian County, it’s the No. 29 deer all-time. It has 41 scoreable points, an inside spread of 18 2/8 inches, and beams over 22 and 23 inches. Each of its tines are under 10 inches.
- Buck Score: 281 6/8 inches
- Date Harvested: January 4, 1994
- Hunter: James H. McMurray
Louisiana’s top non-typical was home to Tensas Parish. It was shot in 1994 by James H. McMurray. Ranking No. 19 all-time, this 30-point buck is a spectacle. The main beams are over 20 and 22 inches, and the inside spread is 17 6/8 inches.
- Buck Score: 259 inches
- Date Harvested: 1910
- Hunter: Hill Gould
A buck that’s held the record for more than 120 years, the Hill Gould buck is a great deer and is more than 10 inches bigger that the No. 2 deer in the state. Sitting at No. 60 all-time, this deer is a hoss. It has 31 total points, a 19 5/8-inch inside spread, 25- and 26-plus-inch main beams, and more. The palmation on the right side is insane.
- Buck Score: 254 1/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 2005
- Hunter: Picked up
The biggest non-typical to ever come out of Maryland was picked up by a hunter in Dorchester County. Scoring 254 1/8 inches, it sits at No. 88 all-time. It carries 26 scoreable points and decent mass, but doesn’t do much in the beam length or spread departments. Both beams are 22 inches or less and the inside spread is only 15 1/8 inches.
- Buck Score: 218 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: December 1, 2018
- Hunter: Andrew M. Healy
One of eight non-typical entries from the state, the Healy buck is the top deer in Massachusetts and is No. 982 overall. It was harvested in Hampshire County in 2018. The deer has 17 points and a 17 6/8-inch inside spread. Both beams are over 27 inches, and only one of eight mass measurements exceeds 5 inches.
- Buck Score: 246 2/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 2010
- Hunter: Picked up
Picked up in 2010, the 246 2/8-inch Michigan buck ranks No. 1 in the state and No. 161 overall. The buck has 26 points on its rack, and all but one mass measurement is 5 inches or greater. Both main beams are over 30 inches, and the inside spread is an impressive 28 5/8 inches.
- Buck Score: 268 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 9, 1974
- Hunter: Mitchell A. Vakoch
Ranking No. 1 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and No. 39 all-time, the Vakoch deer is a whopper. Taken in Norman County, the deer has 41 points, and 20 6/8- and 24 6/8-inch main beams. However, the inside spread is only 14 2/8 inches. If you study the rack, you’ll see it’s quite a bit heavier on the left side. Who doesn’t love the club hanging off that right side?
- Buck Score: 295 6/8 inches
- Date Harvested: January 5, 1995
- Hunter: Tony Fulton
The Fulton buck was bagged in 1995 in Winston County. Ranking No. 9 all-time, this 45-pointer is a monster. Its left and right beams are 18 2/8 and 21 2/8 inches, respectively. The inside spread is 21 2/8 inches. A couple of drop tines don’t hurt, either.
- Buck Score: 333 7/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1981
- Hunter: Picked up
The 333 7/8-inch Missouri buck is the biggest whitetail ever to come out of the Show Me state. It’s also the largest non-typical of all time, anywhere. Coming out of St. Louis County, it’s a true legend. It has a total of 44 points, beams in the low-to-mid 20s, and an inside spread of 23 3/8 inches.
- Buck Score: 252 1/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 10, 1968
- Hunter: Frank A. Pleskac
The Pleskac whitetail is at the top in Big Sky Country and No. 98 all-time. This Hill County special from 1968 has 18 points and a monster frame. It has 25 6/8- and 28 3/8-inch beams and a 19 5/8-inch inside spread. The double drop tines are pretty cool, too.
- Buck Score: 284 inches
- Date Harvested: November 14, 2009
- Hunter: Wesley A. O’Brien
The O’Brien buck comes from Richardson County. This deer ranks No. 16 all-time, much in part due to its 36 points, 22 of which are on the right and 14 on the left. Interestingly, its bases are over 7 inches. However, its spread is only 16 1/8 inches. The size of the right base is incredible.
- Buck Score: 222 7/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1950
- Hunter: John Gravelle
The Gravelle giant is a 27-point monster. It’s the largest non-typical in the state and No. 745 all-time. Both beams are just shy of 30 inches, and the inside spread is 17 7/8 inches. It was tagged in Grafton County.
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- Buck Score: 217 4/8 inches
- Date Harvested: December 17, 1946
- Hunter: Norman Taylor
A record that’s held for more than ¾ of a century, the Taylor buck is the largest ever taken in New Jersey. It was tagged in Burlington County and holds the record by more than 14 inches. It has 24 total points, 23 6/8- and 28 3/8-inch main beams, and a 25 3/8-inch inside spread. However, all but two mass measurements are less than 5 inches.
- Buck Score: 186 1/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 1, 1941
- Hunter: Peter M. Chase
While New Mexico doesn’t have whitetails in the B&C book, they do have 11 Coues whitetails in it. The largest was taken in Hidalgo County in 1941, and it sits at No. 2 all-time behind a deer from Arizona. It has 16 total points with a 17 6/8-inch spread. Interestingly, one beam is under 18 inches, and the other is less than 17 inches.
- Buck Score: 244 2/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1939
- Hunter: Homer Boylan
The Boylan buck is the top non-typical in New York. At No. 184 all-time, it’s a huge deer from Allegany County. It carries 26 total points, beams that go 27 and 27 2/8 inches, and a spread of only 16 5/8 inches. All but one mass measurement is between 5 and 6 inches.
- Buck Score: 228 4/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 18, 1998
- Hunter: Don C. Rockett
One of seven North Carolina bucks to make the all-time non-typical minimum, the Rockett buck is a Person County giant. It ranks No. 516 all-time, sports 23 points, and has a 19 1/8-inch spread. It has heavy mass, with two measurements over 7 inches, two over 6 inches, and four over 5 inches.
- Buck Score: 254 6/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 16, 1968
- Hunter: Roger Ritchie
The Ritchie whitetail is No. 1 in North Dakota and No. 83 in the world. Taken in Stanley County, this deer is a huge animal. It packs 31 points, 27 and 28 3/8-inch main beams, and a 20 2/8-inch inside spread. Only two of eight mass measurements are 5 inches or greater.
- Buck Score: 328 2/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1940
- Hunter: Picked up
The largest non-typical in Ohio and second largest in the world was found dead and picked up. Discovered in Portage County, it’s a behemoth of a whitetail. It packs 45 points, main beams in the mid-20s, and a 24 3/8-inch inside spread.
- Buck Score: 247 2/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 15, 1970
- Hunter: Bill M. Foster
Killed in Johnston County, the Foster deer is No. 1 in Oklahoma and No. 150 all-time. It has 30 points, both beams over 25 inches, an inside spread of 24 6/8 inches, and more. It has heavy mass, with one measurement over 8 inches and two over 6 inches.
- Buck Score: 189 inches
- Date Harvested: October 1, 2007
- Hunter: Nancy A. Garrett
The Garrett buck is the lone Oregon non-typical in the books. Taken in Grant County, it’s No. 5,911 all-time. The deer has 19 points, over 23-inch main beams, and a 21 1/8-inch inside spread. All eight mass measurements are moderate between 4 3/8 and 5 1/8 inches.
- Buck Score: 233 1/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 30, 1942
- Hunter: Edward Dodge
Pennsylvania’s top non-typical was taken in 1942 in Erie County. Ranking No. 384 all-time, it gets there with 28 total points. Carrying 26 7/8- and 28 6/8-inch main beams don’t hurt, either. With a spread of 23 4/8 inches and mass measurements ranging from 4 1/8 to 6 2/8 inches, this is an all-around great deer.
There has not been a record-class Rhode Island non-typical entered into the all-time B&C books.
- Buck Score: 208 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: October 17, 1971
- Hunter: John M. Wood
One of three non-typical Booners in South Carolina, the Wood whitetail is a magnificent creature. Taken in Beaufort County, it has a total of 21 scoreable points. While its main beams are on the shorter side for a record deer (19 6/8 and 23 4/8 inches), it does carry heavy mass. Two measurements are over 8 inches, one is over 7 inches, and four are over 5 inches.
- Buck Score: 256 1/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1948
- Hunter: Francis Fink
The biggest buck taken in South Dakota was harvested in Marshall County. It’s No. 79 all-time, much in part thanks to its 31 total points, 18 of which are on the right and 13 on the left. The main beams are 26 5/8 and 28 7/8 inches and the inside spread is 23 3/8 inches. But it really shines in the mass department. Two measurements are over 6 inches, five are over 7 inches, and one is over 8 inches.
- Buck Score: 315 1/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 7, 2016
- Hunter: Stephen L. Tucker
The Tucker buck from Sumner County was at one time the largest hunter-harvested non-typical. A couple more have been entered into the books since then, but it still ranks No. 5 all-time. This massive rack has 47 points. It doesn’t have much in the way of beam length (21 5/8 and 21 7/8 inches), inside spread (14 1/8 inches), or mass (all measurements range from 3 3/8 to 4 5/8 inches), but it does have a lot of total tine length, and that’s what pushes it be such a great whitetail.
- Buck Score: 284 3/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1892
- Hunter: Unknown
Taken 130 years ago, the Texas non-typical was bagged by an unknown hunter in McCulloch County. Sitting at No. 15 all-time, it’s a huge deer, and scores so highly thanks to 47 points. The main beams are 19 6/8 and 21 4/8 inches, inside spread is 16 2/8 inches, and mass measurements are 4-5 inches.
- Buck Score: 190 6/8 inches
- Date Harvested: 1938
- Hunter: George Tice
Another record that’s stood for many decades, the Tice buck was taken in Essex County in 1938. It’s the largest non-typical in Vermont, and No. 5,606 all-time. It’s one of two non-typicals from the state to make the book. It has a total of 17 points, a 22 6/8-inch inside spread, and mass measurements ranging from 4 2/8 to 6 1/8 inches.
- Buck Score: 257 4/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 9, 1992
- Hunter: James W. Smith
This Warren County whitetail was harvested by James W. Smith, and it sits at No. 71 all-time. It sports 30 points, a 21-inch inside spread, and 28 2/8- and 29 1/8-inch main beams. This deer is similar on each side, with 15 points on the left and right antlers.
- Buck Score: 242 4/8 inches
- Date Harvested: December 31, 1946
- Hunter: Unknown
Bagged by an unknown hunter, the biggest non-typical from Washington was taken in Washington County. It ranks No. 207 all-time. With 25 points, an 18 1/8-inch inside spread, 26 7/8- and 27-inch beams, and moderate mass, it’s a great whitetail.
- Buck Score: 231 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: November 25, 1997
- Hunter: Charles I. McLaughlin
The McLaughlin buck is a whopper. No. 1 in West Virginia and No. 422 in the world, it’s a really big whitetail from Wayne County. It has 27 points, main beams around 26 inches, and a spread that reaches 20 3/8 inches. Seven mass measures are 5-something inches, and one reaches 7 inches.
- Buck Score: 253 inches
- Date Harvested: November 18, 1973
- Hunter: Elmer F. Gotz
The Gotz giant from Wisconsin was home to the fabled Buffalo County. At No. 92 all-time, it scores so well thanks to the 30 points it has. Of course, main beams over 27 inches, inside spread over 20 inches, and mass measurements ranging from 5-6 inches help, too.
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- Buck Score: 261 5/8 inches
- Date Harvested: September 2, 1998
- Hunter: Bobby L. Beeman
The Bobby Beeman buck is a huge Wyoming whitetail out of Park County. Ranking No. 53 all-time, it carries 31 points (15 on the left and 16 on the right). Overall, the buck has a 21 5/8-inch inside spread, 23- and 25 6/8-inch main beams, and mass measurements ranging from 5 to 8 6/8 inches.
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