posted on April 25, 2011 06:59
By Mike Handley
It took me 27 years to shoot a buck with two antlers that scored as high as the single shed that hit my desk last week.
The (left) antler came from Fulton County, Ind., found by Dan Fisher on March 10. It tallies 125 4/8 inches all by its lonesome, which makes it a runner-up to the Indiana record for an irregular shed and No. 10 in the world.
The best ever, picked up in Ohio, scored an even 146 inches.
Sheds rarely make headlines, at least if I’m writing them. The stories usually are well-looky-there short -- sweeter for the finders than for readers -- unless the bucks happened to be shot the following fall. But then I almost never see single antlers of such caliber.
This spring has apparently yielded some fantastic finds for hunters of cast-off antlers. Many were brought to Circle M Auctions’ annual Whitetail Classic in Dubuque, Iowa, last month, where antlers were bought and sold by the box. Several BTR measurers were on hand, and they’re still grinning.
Jackie McConnell, the regional director for that neck of the woods, might never be the same. He tells me the gang measured 10, 529 inches of bone in three days.
One of the best to be taped at the Iowa show was Skipper Antley’s Cass County, Mo., find, which tallied 100 6/8 inches as a Semi-irregular -- high enough to be a new Missouri record and No. 6 in the world. Skipper found it on Feb. 20.
The Missouri (right) shed carries eight typical points, a drop tine and an extra brow tine that was somehow sheared off at the 2-inch mark.
Not counting the recent flood of entries from Dubuque, which haven’t been entered into the book yet, Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records has 473 sheds that make the 75-inch minimum for that category. We score and rank them as single antlers only, even if their mates were also found.
Because they’re measured separately and the percentages of irregularity might well be different, it’s entirely possible that one antler from a matched pair could be a world record in one category, while its mate could be No. 1 in another. Or one side might be No. 1, the other No. 2, in the same category.
I’d sure like to see the mates to the antlers found this spring by Danny Fisher and Skipper Antley. Better yet, I hope old age and scavengers don’t claim their former wearers.