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Big Buck 411 Blog


By Mike Handley

James YeltonJames Yelton of Glen Rock, Pa., thought he'd won the deer hunting lottery in 2010, when he harvested a 160-class non-typical while hunting Maryland's Eastern Shore.

But he was wrong.

Yelton's winning numbers came up THIS season while he and his wife, Helen, were hunting a friend's ground in Greenwood County, Kan. The payoff was a new state-record typical in the BTR's crossbow category.

Many hunters don't realize that Buckmasters offers the only national record book with a category specifically for deer bagged with crossbows. The Pope and Young Club doesn't accept these whitetails, and B&C doesn't differentiate a bowkill from one felled by gun or even found dead (theirs is based purely on score).

Yelton's mainframe 12-pointer, the only irregular point being a fork off its left P-2, has an official score of 172 4/8 inches; its composite (true gross) score is an incredible 194 4/8 inches.

“I've hunted 38 years to get one like this,” said the 51-year-old workaholic, who puts in 16-hour days – seven a week -- at his specialty flooring company. When winter arrives, he spends as much time as possible in the deer woods, including a week or two in Kansas.

The rest of the story will appear in RACK magazine next fall.

More BIG News for Kansas

Speaking of big bucks and Kansas, definitely one of my favorite hunting destinations, we'll be measuring antlers in Topeka's ExpoCentre during the first-ever Monster Buck Classic Jan. 27-29. This long-needed show should attract some of the largest whitetails on the planet. So if you're really into big deer, this is a must-see.

All the other monster buck states have deer shows, and their walls of fame are enough to reduce grown men and women to drooling toddlers. Wise attendees will carry handkerchiefs. I'm just saying...

More Dates to Remember

Jan. 28-29: If you live in northern Indiana, Illinois or Michigan and would like to have your buck measured for the BTR, you can avoid the $25 entry fee by bringing your deer to the 28th annual Hammond, Ind., Outdoor Sports Show inside the Jean Shepherd Community Center.

March 16-18: If you're interested in becoming a Buckmasters scorer, the next measuring class will be held during Circle M Auctions' 11th Annual Whitetail Classic Sport Show and Antler Auction in Dubuque, Iowa's Grand River Center. You'll have to pre-register for the class. This rare opportunity aside, the show attracts serious antlers and collectors. E-mail me for details about becoming a BTR measurer.

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Ed Waite
# Ed Waite
Monday, January 09, 2012 3:09 PM
Adam Wireman buck on the Braggin Board has a BTR score of 175 3/8 and a composite of 194 4/8
# TLRives
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:15 PM
Unless he is using a disabled special permit it is illegal to use a crossbow in Kansas.
# Scott
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:20 PM
TLRives, it was like that for a long time but I believe that they changed that recently to allow crossbows during firearms seasons. I would double check with KDWP to be sure but I am like 99% sure.
# TLRives
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 5:55 PM

You may be right, that is if it were taken during the firearms season with a crossbow. However, you would expect to see him in the required hunter orange hat and vest or I suppose it could be a high fence operation but I know of none in Greenwood county.
# greg
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:17 AM
What's up ??? I guess some of you did not read all of the article, you just looked at the picture. I don't understand why other hunters (if you are one) try to tear apart someone who has taken a trophy instead of congratulating him on a job well done as a fellow hunter. You don't know the circumstances, you weren't there! If you ever kill a trophy and have it published, I can only hope readers will remember you and pick your accomplishments apart like buzzards on a dead deer on the side of the road...
# TLRives
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:26 AM
I will tell you what is up. It is NOT legal to take a deer during archery season with a crossbow without a special handicap permit. This was NOT the first year and if this deer was taken as said then it was taken illegally! Don't take my word for it contact the KDWPT.

I will congratulate any hunter taking a deer and be happy for him as long as it was taken LEGALLY.
Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:52 AM
Okay, gang. Be civil. TL, you're right. A disabled permit is required for crossbows to be legal during the archery season. (It was Nebraska, not Kansas, that lifted the requirement this year). That was my bad. I hunt both states, usually back-to-back with a compound bow, while a friend, who has the required disabled permit, accompanies me with his crossbow. James had the necessary permit. The reason your first post was seen as unsavory is the wording. Rather than assume all the paperwork was in order and extending congrats, you raised the possibility of it being illegal. I'd hate to have you on a jury if I ever went to trial.
# TLRives
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:25 AM

Maybe it is because your story throws up red flags to those who know the regulations. Had you written that the deer was taken on a special disabled permit with a crossbow there would be no question. You see an able body man that works 112 hours a week in a physically taxing profession by your description it is hard to think they would be issued a disability permit.

Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:08 AM
Sorry, I didn't think a deer taken legally needed a disclaimer. But just so's ya know ... Accident-damaged neck vertebra and bad rotor cups in his shoulders have conspired to force him to use a crossbow, though he'd much rather carry his beloved Mathews compound. His work requires different muscles. Even so, he's paying the price because he loves his work.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012 5:09 AM
What I want to know is why you didnt think to include the other side of this issue ? There are so many things that youre missing here that I dont see how you could actually form an intelligent opinion on the subject. Its like you didnt even consider that there me be another side here.

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