New Archery World Record Non-Typical Whitetail

The Pope and Young Club recently announced a new world record non-typical whitetail that scores 327 7/8 inches.

New Archery World Record Non-Typical Whitetail

On March 1, 2019, the Pope and Young Club convened a special panel of judges in Omaha, Nebraska, to consider a potential P&Y world record non-typical whitetail. Luke Brewster’s incredible buck was shot in Illinois during the 2018 archery season.

With a final score of 327 7/8 inches, Brewster’s buck (above) was confirmed as the new P&Y world record non-typical whitetail. This buck surpasses the previous world record non-typical whitetail shot by Michael Beatty (below) by nearly 34 inches. (Note: Beatty’s buck was shot on Nov. 8, while Brewster killed his on Nov. 2. Keep that in mind as you plan future bowhunting vacations.)

The previous P&Y world record non-typical whitetail was shot in Ohio by Mike Beatty on Nov. 8, 2000. The buck scored 294 inches.
The previous P&Y world record non-typical whitetail was shot in Ohio by Mike Beatty on Nov. 8, 2000. The buck scored 294 inches.

“The two panels consisted of seven measurers and was overseen by the panel chairman,” said Eli Randall, director of records for the Pope and Young Club. “This group represented over 217 years of combined measuring experience. After over 8 hours, this incredible whitetail’s score became official. Congratulations to Luke and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for practicing sound wildlife management.”

Measurers present for the special panel included (from left to right) Stan Zirbel, Gil Hernandez, Kyle Lehr, Ken Witt, Ricky Krueger, Jack Reneau and Eli Randall. The group worked with Panel Chairman Ed Fanchin (not shown).
Measurers present for the special panel included (from left to right) Stan Zirbel, Gil Hernandez, Kyle Lehr, Ken Witt, Ricky Krueger, Jack Reneau and Eli Randall. The group worked with Panel Chairman Ed Fanchin (not shown).

“I headed to Omaha with a good feeling, but still a tad nervous on how the scorers were going to make calls,” said Luke Brewster. “I knew it was scored very conservatively on the initial entry form by measurer Tim Walmsley, but you never know. After a day and a half of waiting in anticipation, Eli Randall informed me of the new panel-verified score. I was sent into shock once again as the score increased 7 2/8 inches from the original entry. Unbelievable. All I can say is that I’m very blessed.”

“Congratulations to Luke Brewster on the largest hunter-taken whitetail in history,” said Justin Spring, director of big game records for the Boone & Crockett Club. “All hunter conservationists should take great pride in the fact that in the face of the challenges to our wildlife, we continue to see more robust populations than ever before, thanks to the North American model. There couldn't be a more deserving hunter to be attached to the Brewster buck, which is now an iconic legacy of whitetail deer in North America.”

If you’d like to see the Brewster buck’s antlers in person, you’ll have a chance at the 2019 Pope and Young Convention, in Omaha, Nebraska, April 10-13. Click here for more on that event.

Sure to be known forever more as “The Brewster Buck,” it was shot in eastern Illinois, specifically Edgar County. Luke Brewster arrowed the giant on Nov. 2, 2018.
Sure to be known forever more as “The Brewster Buck,” it was shot in eastern Illinois, specifically Edgar County. Luke Brewster arrowed the giant on Nov. 2, 2018.
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