What Is the State Record for the Largest Whitetail Buck?

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Wisconsin hunter James Jordan shot the largest typical whitetail buck in the United States in 1914, and a Missouri hunter found the largest non-typical whitetail buck already dead in 1981. The typical buck scored 206 1/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale, and the non-typical buck scored 333 7/8.

Jordan shot the typical buck in early November 1914 and gave it to his taxidermist to mount. The taxidermist moved to Minnesota and then Florida, and Jordan did not get his record-setting rack back until 44 years later when a distant cousin found it at a garage sale in Sandstone, Minnesota.

The non-typical buck had an 11-pound rack and was 5 1/2 years old at the time of its death in northern St. Louis County, Missouri. The deer remains the property of the State of Missouri and is on display for the public to view as of 2015.