The Johnny King Buck

Johnny King Buck

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The Johnny King Buck

The Big Buck Club announced today that the Johnny King Buck from Wisconsin is the new World Record Typical Whitetail (gross scoring) buck of all time. On April 13, the bucks final scoring came in at a gross 221-6/8 beating the Milo Hanson buck from Saskatchewan.

A panel of one Boone and Crockett scorers, one member of the North East Big Buck Club, and the official scorer who first scored the record in question scored the buck together. The Northeast Club mainly consists of entries from the east to mid-east but it also includes deer throughout North America. They celebrate all deer no matter where they come from. Another buck of interest is the Ronnie Stevens buck.

Our goal is not to dispute Boone and Crockett. Our goal is to be consistent with the rules of a gross-scoring club, in which there is no over-emphasis on symmetry. Symmetry is purely related to net scores.

Scoring varies between both clubs as they each have their own scoring system, but they are very close in criteria.


It’s official. Based on the Boone & Crockett scoring system, the buck shot by Johnny King in the fall of 2006 is not the new world record typical whitetail.

Ever since King shot the buck with an iron-sighted .30-30 on a family-farm in Wisconsin, the rack and the way in which it was scored has been steeped in controversy. At the core of it all was how the buck should be classified. Is it a typical or non-typical? On most deer, this is a no-brainer, and from afar, the King Buck looks like a typical. But a closer look shows one point on the right side that, according to Boone and Crockett’s Director of Big Game Records, Jack Reneau, is in fact a non-typical point.

BTW, have you seen our story on three Ohio bucks locked together? If you liked this post, we think you’ll like that one too.

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