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What are some interesting facts about the largest whitetail deer ever found?

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The largest whitetail deer ever found was shot with a bow and arrow in Ontario, Canada, in 1977 and weighed in field-dressed at 431 pounds. Experts estimate the buck's live weight was 540 pounds, but they were not able to verify the weight before it was butchered.

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The largest whitetail deer as verified by Minnesota's Conservation Department was shot by Carl Lenander, Jr., in 1926 and weighed in at 420 pounds field-dressed. The live weight was estimated at 511 pounds.

Whitetail deer are also measured by the size of their antler racks. According to its antlers, the largest typical whitetail deer was shot in 1993 by Milo N. Hanson in Saskatchewan, Canada, with a rack at 213 5/8 on the Boone and Crockett point system. The main antler beams were more than 28 inches long, with eight points on one side and six on the other.

The largest non-typical whitetail deer scored 333 7.8 on the scale. Non-typicality means its antler points did not grow vertically. The deer was found dead in St. Louis County by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The main, curved beams of the deer's antlers measured 24 inches on one side and 23 inches on the other, with 19 and 25 points respectively.

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