Wisconsin remains the top state for Boone and Crockett Club trophy whitetail with 1,822 total entries in the recently released sixth edition of the Club’s “Records of North American Whitetail Deer.” The 688-page book compiles state and provincial data of trophy whitetail deer and showcases states like Wisconsin that institute successful conservation measures to support healthy deer populations. In addition to being the top state overall, Wisconsin also has six counties in the top 20 U.S. counties with the most records produced, including the #1 county overall, Buffalo County, with 150 entries in the record book. The book also features stories and color photos of 37 record whitetails taken in the 21st Century, including Adam L. Hupf’s 2014 Dodge County typical buck that scored 191-6/8 inches and ranks fifth largest in Wisconsin history and #119 on the All-time list. Listed also is Charles R. Bocook’s 2018 buck from Columbia County that scored 192-6/8 inches and edged out Hupf’s buck to be the fourth largest Wisconsin whitetail and is ranked #96 All-time. “Records of North American Whitetail Deer” includes more than 17,000 individual records from across the U.S. and Canada, and is available for sale on the Boone and Crockett Club’s website.
“This list was compiled from Boone and Crockett big game records—trophy data going back to 1830 and long used by conservationists to gauge outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of game animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives, and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting,” commented the Club’s Director of Publications Julie Tripp. “Consistent trophy production over time is proof that conservation measures are working exceptionally well. ‘Records of North American Whitetail Deer, 6th Edition’ is the definitive guide of trophy whitetails and a must have for any serious whitetail hunter.”
Effective deer management and conservation programs is noteworthy in states that consistently produce record-book whitetails, like Wisconsin. Six counties in the state rank among the best in the country for producing big bucks. As mentioned, Buffalo County is first in the country with 150 entries, but Crawford County ranks #9 with 58 entries, Trempealeau County ranks #11 with 55 entries, Vernon County ranks #14 with 54 entries, Richland County ranks #18 with 48 entries, and Sauk County ranks #19 with 47 entries. Notably, however, the state’s top five typical bucks ever taken did not come from these high producing counties, instead coming from Burnett, Kenosha, Wood, Columbia and Dodge counties. This shows the quality of deer management across the entire state.
Record books like “Records of North American Whitetail Deer” represent the history of successful conservation and game management policies that have been supported by hunter-conservationists for more than a century. The Boone and Crockett Club has long supported selective hunting for mature animals that have already genetically contributed to overall herd health. Such a selective harvest also supports conservation and game management efforts when a balanced age structure within a given big game population is an objective of state wildlife managers. As such, record books celebrate these programs by recognizing the big game animals produced as a result of science-based game management and successful, fair chase sportsmen and sportswomen who have contributed to this management.
Beyond the state-specific records, highlights of the 6th edition of “Records of North American Whitetail Deer” include stories and full-page photos of “21st Century Whitetails” that document 37 records taken since the year 2000. A descriptive story of Adam Hupf’s buck is included in this section of the book. Noteworthy new entries since the last edition was printed in 2012 feature five new typical bucks including William L. Loyd’s 2018 buck from Lee County, Arkansas, that scored 200-1/8 points and ranks #17 All-time and #1 in the state, pending review by the Judges Panel for the 31st Big Game Awards in 2022, as well as three other bucks that were showcased during the 30th Big Game Awards in 2019. The book also features four new non-typical records, in particular Luke Brewster’s 337-1/8-inch buck shot in 2018 in Edgar County, Illinois, that is the #3 non-typical All-time and the new Illinois state record buck, pending Judges Panel review.
Also noted in the book are the overall state and provincial rankings. In addition to Wisconsin’s top ranking, the other top-five whitetail states are Illinois (1,445 total entries), Iowa (1,330 total entries), Minnesota (1,194 total entries) and, new to the top five in this edition, is Ohio with 1,049 total entries. Notably, Ohio, Kansas, Indiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma all moved up in rank even though no individual county in those states ranks in the top 20 counties overall—showing that the overall deer management has helped build quality whitetail populations across the state. Each state, in order of overall ranking, has tables of every Boone and Crockett ranked whitetail ever taken in the state.
“If you would have told our founder Theodore Roosevelt that more than 130 years after the creation of an organization tasked with saving wildlife populations that this book would be possible, I doubt he would have believed you,” noted Justin Spring, director of big game records for the Boone and Crockett Club. “The whitetail conservation successes documented in the pages of this book resoundingly declare the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is without equal worldwide.”
The sixth edition of “Records of North American Whitetail Deer” is available for $60 on the Boone and Crockett Club’s website. B&C Associates receive a 20% discount.
Higher resolution images of Adam Hupf’s deer, as well as a map of Wisconsin with the list of record whitetails by county is attached for use with your story, please provide credit to the Boone and Crockett Club.
About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.