Antlers are not just luck for deer, it takes genetics and food sources


For those deer hunters who are antler addicts, here is a list of the top ten typical monster whitetails bucks of all time.

Top antlers

And yes, Ohio has one on the list as kept by the Boone and Crockett Club, scored by a sum of measurements taped by mass, length of each point, overall width, etc.

Antler leader

Milo Hanson’s 213 5/8 inch buck leads the list. This long-standing number one record buck was killed in Saskatchewan (SK) in 1993.

In second place is an even longer-standing “Booner” Wisconsin buck killed in 1914 and scoring 206 1/8 inches.

Number three is a 205-inch trophy Missouri buck taken in 1971.

Fourth place is held by a 204 4/8 inch Illinois buck killed in 1965.

Tie for fifth

There are two big bucks in fifth place, both measuring just 2/8 of an inch less than the fourth place buck, a Kentucky whitetail tagged in 2000 and an Alberta buck killed in 1967.

Number six in the all-time Boone and Crockett book was another SK monster tagged in 2003 and scoring 203 3/8.

Number seven is held by yet another SK whitetail scoring 202 6/8 killed in 1992.

Tied for eighth place are two bucks measuring an even 202 inches, the first taken in Minnesota in 1918 and then tied in 1969 by an Illinois buck.

Ninth place has been held by another Illinois buck since 1974 that scores 201 5/8.

Ohio trophy

And here’s our Ohio trophy in tenth place at 201 1/8 inches that was claimed in Warren County 2004.

The above list includes remarkable animals and lucky hunters.

Wall hanger

Each top ranking record book trophy buck is more than a wall hanger; it is a wall in itself.


Antlers size is fed by a mix of genetics and available food sources, and age. Given the fact that all records are meant to be broken, it is unlikely that any of the top ten will remain unchallenged forever and it is highly likely that the next challenger may come from Ohio.


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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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