MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNTIY
January 22, 2010
OFFICIAL SCORER TO DECIDE IF OHIO DEER IS A STATE RECORD
Scoring set for Saturday January 30th 2010
XENIA, OH -- A white-tailed deer harvested during the 2009 gun season in Highland County will be scored to see if it’s an Ohio record. If approved by Buckeye Big Bucks Club (BBBC) scoring organization, it will rank as the number one non-typical rack ever taken with a muzzleloader in Ohio history and the 35 1/8 inch left and the 34 4/8 inch right main beams could be the longest ever recorded from a whitetail anywhere in the world, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Deer hunters have been anxiously waiting for the official scoring of a huge white-tailed buck shot by Clayton hunter Brian Stephens on November 30 in Highland County. A judge representing the Buckeye Big Bucks Club (BBBC) will meet Saturday January 30, 2010 at the Wildlife District Five Office in Xenia to decide whether the deer will become the top non-typical whitetail ever taken in Ohio by a muzzleloader hunter.
Brian Stephen’s adventure began when he shot the huge 18-point non-typical whitetail during gun season. Stephens contacted Buckeye Big Bucks and the rack was initially scored (green scored) at 232 5/8. Antlers are required to "dry" for 60 days before an official score can be taken. A deer’s antlers are classified as being typical when they are symmetrical and regular in shape. Non-typical antlers are those that have uneven or unusual tines, irregular points or outgrowths.
The Buckeye Big Buck Club keeps records of trophy bucks taken by hunters in Ohio. A BBBC judge is contacted to measure the buck and come up with an official BBBC score. BBBC bylaws state that to be recognized as a state record, antlers must be scored by a panel of scorers.
Editors Note: Scoring will take place at 10am on Saturday January 30th, Wildlife District Five Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia 45660. This is a Media Only event. Media wishing to attend should RSVP by calling the contacts below. Official score will be announced and Brian Stephens will be on hand for interviews and photos. The Stephens’ buck, mounted by Busse Taxidermy, will be on display.