ATA Show: Pending World-Record Buck Announced

ATA Show: Pending World-Record Buck Announced

According to North American Whitetail editor Gordon Whittington and associate editor Haynes Shelton, Luke Brewster’s 320-5/8-Inch buck may be the largest buck ever taken by a hunter anywhere in North America. (Photo by Jeff Phillips)

The stunning buck killed in the fall by Illinois hunter Luke Brewster took center stage Thursday during the first day of the 2019 Archery Trade Association trade show in Louisville, Ky.


Flanked by North American Whitetail editor Gordon Whittington and associate editor Haynes Shelton, Brewster announced his November 2018 monster is officially a pending non-typical world record for white-tailed deer.

With a net score of 320 5/8 inches, the bow-killed buck may be the largest hunter-killed whitetail of all-time.

Click here to read more about trophy bucks across the nation.


Brewster was holding the humungous rack of the monster buck when the announcement was made Thursday morning outside the Outdoor Sportsman Group booth at the ATA Show.

“Within 28 hours of the buck’s harvest, I was shown field photos of Luke with the deer,” said Whittington. “My immediate reaction was, ‘That really looks like a new world record.’ Nothing happening since then caused me to waver from my initial reaction. Of course, until a rack is officially measured you can’t be sure what the tape will say, but this rack scores as big as it looks.”

“To put Luke's deer in perspective, this deer could surpass our current World's Record that has stood for 18 years by more than 20 inches," Eli Randall, director of Big Game Records for the Pope and Young Club, said in a press release from Boone and Crockett.


Brewster killed the buck on Nov. 2 in Edgar County, Illinois. The 38-point buck has a gross typical frame of 151-5/8 with 178-3/8 inches of abnormal points, B&C said, and is only the fifth hunter-taken non-typical whitetail to score over 300 inches.

More from Boone and Crockett:

The World's Record and number two all-time non-typical whitetail deer recognized by B&C are picked-up trophies scoring 333-7/8 and 328-2/8 B&C points respectively, and were found in St. Louis County, Missouri and Portage County, Ohio. The largest hunter taken, and current number three All-time non-typical whitetail on record with B&C scores 312 and was taken by Stephen L. Tucker from Sumner County, Tennessee in 2016.

The current P&Y World's Record was taken by Michael Beatty from Green County, Ohio, in 2000 and scores 294 points. The second largest on record is a deer taken in 1962 in Nebraska by Del Austin with a score of 279-7/8 points.

Read more about Luke Brewster’s pending world record non-typical whitetail, visit the North American Whitetail story here

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