Illinois buck a trophy, not a record
Finally the big buck stories and pictures have gone from a trickle to a steady flow.
But the biggest rumor so far this bow season is not true. No, there is no new world record typical buck shot in southern Illinois. At least not yet, and certainly not the deer pictured above. Instead, the deer pictured above is a massive 11-pointer killed by bowhunter Joel Eggers, 22, of Percy, who is shown with the deer. Eggers shot the buck on Oct. 23, 2007 while hunting in Randolph County. For days now the buck has been the subject of intense Internet scrutiny, with several sources saying the deer had scored 206 inches. That would top Mel Johnson’s 204 4/8-inch world record bow kill taken in Peoria County (Click here to read our story from earlier this fall on Johnson’s record).
But when the buck was scored on Thursday (Oct. 25, 2007) by an official measurer, the tale of the tape came up to 198 1/8 inches net. That’s green score, so there will probably be some shrinkage as the rack dries over the allotted 60-day mandatory drying period. When all is said and done, this will probably be a 196-197 inch buck. Yes that’s massive—probably the biggest typical shot with a bow this year in North America. But not a world record. Maybe not even a state record for 10-pointers.
The rack had major deductions for an abnormal 5-inch point that sticks out behind one brow tine. One point was also well short of its matching point on the other side of the rack. As you ponder this, consider the following quote from a veteran Illinois measurer who has scored countless big bucks. “There’s no way a 10-pointer is ever going to break Mel Johnson’s record, period,” said the veteran measurer.
Even so, this is a buck every hunter dreams about. The Eggers buck field-dressed at 250 pounds. So admire these pictures of what—even if it’s not a record—is unquestionably a gorgeous typical buck.