By Mike Handley
-- If a Wisconsin buck’s green score of 251 inches is as on target as the arrow that felled it on Sept. 20, Wayne Schumacher’s 30-pointer might well be a new state record.
The antlers have not been officially taped for any record book. But if the tailgate assessment is correct, and with an inside spread of 20 4/8 inches, its approximate BTR score would be near 230. That’s about 2 inches more than Wisconsin’s existing No. 1 Irregular in Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records’ compound bow category.
News of the Schumacher Buck has traveled fast in the 72 hours since its harvest. Lots of photos and at least one video were taken at Dutch’s Trading Post in Fond du Lac the following afternoon.
With a BTR score of 227 7/8 inches, the current state record is Brian Stenseth’s Buffalo County buck from 2004. That’s the same county that yielded last season’s “Field & Stream Buck,” cowinner of the 2009 Golden Laurel Citation that now rests on bowhunter Bob Decker’s mantel. (Decker’s deer is No. 2 for Wisconsin.)
Schumacher’s gorgeous whitetail roamed Fond du Lac County.