A 38-point deer harvested by a bowhunter in Illinois could set a new world record as the largest hunter-harvested non-typical whitetail deer ever.
Luke H. Brewster shot the deer on Nov. 2 in Edgar County, Illinois. After the 60-day drying period, it was examined on Jan. 10 at the 2019 Archery Trade Association show in Louisville, Kentucky by official scorers from the Boone and Crockett Club and Pope and Young Club. They measured the deer at 320-5/8 inches.
This potentially puts it third in the Boone and Crockett record book for non-typical whitetails. Numbers one and two were both found dead, making Brewster’s deer the number one shot by a hunter, if confirmed at that score.
It would also become only the fifth non-typical whitetail taken by a hunter to top 300 inches.
For the Pope and Young Club, which maintains records for archery-harvested deer, this deer would be the new record. The current record, scoring 294, was set by Michael Beatty in Ohio in 2000.
A panel from each organization must verify the measurements before the record is officially proclaimed. That verification is currently being scheduled.