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TAKEN BY: Tom Hamel
DATE: 12/08/12
PLACE: Republic Co. KS
HARVESTED WITH: Modern Rifle Firearm
ANTLER CLASSIFICATION: Irregular
SCORER(S): Steve Lucas
OWNER: Tom Hamel
TYPE: Free Roaming
TROPHY MEASUREMENT DATA
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TOTAL POINTS PER ANTLER 10 12
NO. OF IRREGULAR POINTS 5 6
TOTAL IRREGULAR INCHES 15 5/8 17 2/8
LENGTH OF MAIN BEAMS 25 1/8 25 7/8
LENGTH OF 1ST POINT 10 4/8 10
LENGTH OF 2ND POINT 13 1/8 13 4/8
LENGTH OF 3RD POINT 10 2/8 10 5/8
LENGTH OF 4TH POINT 3 5/8 5 1/8
LENGTH OF 5TH POINT 0 4
LENGTH OF 6TH POINT 0 0
LENGTH OF 7TH POINT 0 0
1ST CIRCUMFERENCE (C1) 5 7/8 6 2/8
2ND CIRCUMFERENCE (C2) 5 3/8 5 3/8
3RD CIRCUMFERENCE (C3) 5 6/8 5 5/8
4TH CIRCUMFERENCE (C4) 5 5 1/8
SCORE PER SIDE 100 2/8 108 6/8
INSIDE SPREAD 20 3/8
PERCENTAGE OF IRREGULARITY 15.7
Total Inches 209
BTR SCORE 229 3/8
(INCLUDES INSIDE SPREAD)
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The Tom Hamel Buck
By Mike Handley

It might be impossible to determine the extent of one deer’s effect upon the economy in Republic County, Kan., a couple of years ago, but there’s no doubt a substantial amount of cash changed hands when photographs of the animal hit the Internet.

An influx of nonresidents hungry to lease hunting ground is never appreciated by those whose bank accounts aren’t affected. Every time a local hunter sees a big buck in the back of a truck with an out-of-state tag, there will be grumbling.

The only thing residents hate worse than an outsider shooting their deer is poachers, regardless of origin. And during the fall of 2012, conditions were ripe for both.

Landowners with climbable trees earned a lot of spare change that season, including the man who owns the property Tom Hamel hunts. Tom, who lives in neighboring Cloud County, might’ve had to look elsewhere if it hadn’t been for a mostly wide-open, 80-acre pasture nobody else wanted to hunt.

Even the landown...

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