It's called the Show-Me State, a pugnacious moniker that gets Missourians
into quite a few fights (especially if someone remembers that Missourians also
used to be called "pukes").
But when it comes to trophy deer hunting, Show-Me hunters have done just
that -- showed the world!
The world record non-typical rack came from (of all places) St. Louis County. The second-ranked Boone and
Crockett typical rack also is from Missouri
and so is the No. 7 rack. There are big bucks in Show-Me
hunters killed more than 300,000 deer in 2012 (including archery, youth and
other special seasons) and of those 100,000 or more were bucks. And
perhaps 150 of those could be submitted for the Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club, a group
that keeps the state records.
Undoubtedly, many others are big enough, but
never get scored. It takes 150 Boone and Crockett points north of the Missouri River in corn-and-bean land, and 140 south of
the river, where the diet isn't quite as lush, to qualify for the Big Bucks
Since its formation in 1969, the Club has picked up about 1,200 members, a
lot of trophy racks. How do these big buck hunters do it? Are there
helpful hints for hunters elsewhere in the methods of the Missourians? Are
there tricks such as scouting methods, persistence ... or is it just sheer dumb
luck when a Show-Me hunter connects with a boffo buck?
Most trophy bucks are taken on private land -- it's a given that hunting
pressure on the public acres tends to push big deer, if they are there in the
first place, onto quieter private land.
The world record non-typical rack remains a mystery. There's no
interview with the trophy hunter because no one knows how the deer died in
A St. Louis hunter, Dave Beckman, had
just checked a deer he'd killed on the second day of the November gun season.
As he headed home, he saw a dead deer behind a 10-foot deer proof fence. The
rack scored 333-7/8, an incredible 47-7/8 points higher than the previous non-typical
record! To this day the circumstances of the deer's death are a
mystery. Since then, another rack has come close to the St.
Louis rack (it also was found, not taken by a hunter, in 1940 in Ohio and scored
The lush corn-and-bean fields of north Missouri
remain a bounteous sideboard for feeding bucks in Missouri and that combination of good diet
and good genes likely will continue to feed hefty statistics to the Boone and
Crockett and Pope and Young lists for many years. And the Show-Me Big Bucks Club will continue to add new members.
It takes 170 points typical, 195 non-typical to make the all-time Boone and
Crockett book ... and more than 50 typical Show-Me racks and 40 non-typical
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