posted on March 28, 2011 10:15
By Mike Handley
The Ross County, Ohio, buck taken Nov. 10 by Chris Brazzell will be the 21st recipient of Buckmasters’ Golden Laurel Citation, which is awarded annually to the most significant entry into our record book.
The 11-pointer is a magnificent mainframe 5x5 with a very small kicker on the right P2, which wasn’t enough to define it as a typical rack. With an official score of 181 2/8 inches, the Brazzell Buck is a new world record among Perfects in the compound bow category.
Photographs do no justice to this exceptional whitetail. Its beams are an identical 28 5/8 inches, half the uprights measure more than a foot long, and the first circumferences average out to 6 4/8 inches apiece. And while inside spread does not affect a rack’s ranking within the BTR, it gives this monster deer a composite score of 200 2/8.
Making the accomplishment even sweeter for Chris is that he arrowed the brute on public ground he’d never have hunted without an invite from his pastor, land so uninspiring that the Louisiana hunter even texted his friends: “Man, I’m in a gar hole.”
The full story of how Chris put his nonresident tag on these gorgeous antlers will appear in the August issue of Rack magazine. He’ll receive the Golden Laurel trophy during the Aug. 19-21 Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery, Ala., where the buck will be displayed.
This is the third time an Ohio whitetail has garnered the GLC, which was first awarded in 1996. It’s also only the third Perfect to earn the prestigious distinction.