Massachusetts' New State-Record Typical Buck

Massachusetts' New State-Record Typical Buck

Not only is Whitey Sovinski's incredible typical buck the new Bay State record in its category but it's also one of the biggest typicals taken anywhere in the world in 2002.

Gross-scoring 204 1/8, Whitey Sovinski's remarkable 10-pointer beat the old Massachusetts record by nearly 18 inches! Photo courtesy of Whitey Sovinski

By Jeff Brown

As Kajetan "Whitey" Sovinski prepared to go hunting on the morning of Dec. 5, 2002, he joked to his wife that he would kill the biggest buck in the woods for her today. Little did they know that Whitey was about to kill one of the biggest typical whitetail bucks taken in all of North America this hunting season!

Whitey has been hunting the deer woods of Massachusetts for 40 years. This morning he headed to the woods of Franklin County with his son, Bobby, to hunt an area near Quabbin Reservoir. The pair planned to hunt a new area they had scouted on foot and with topographic maps. Their plan was to concentrate their efforts on a ridge and swamp connecting one of the few oak stands in this evergreen-dominated area. Their scouting trips revealed that deer were feeding and rubbing trees in the area.

As Whitey climbed the ridge at first light, he noticed another hunter on the right. Whitey moved to the left and settled in for the morning hunt. He got a glimpse of a doe, but could not get a clean shot because the deer had come up from directly behind him. Then, Whitey noticed some movement farther up the ridge and zeroed in on a twitching tail about 80 yards away. Whitey watched for about 10 minutes, at one point glimpsing a bit of antler through the thick trees, but he could not get a good look at the deer's head. At last, the hunter found the deer's shoulder and squeezed off a shot with his Ithaca Model 37 20-gauge pump.

The deer went down, and at that point Whitey got his first glimpse of a huge rack as the deer disappeared from sight. Whitey chambered another shell and waited. The deer struggled to its feet, but Whitey's second shot was true, hitting the deer in the neck and putting him down to stay.

Within hours word had spread that a hunter had killed an incredible buck. One of the first to see the great trophy was Jim Russell, NBBC scorer, who made arrangements to score the buck after the mandatory 60-day drying period.

When the scoring was done, the Sovinski buck had a gross score of 204 1/8 and a B&C net of 193 3/8. The buck's rack has an inside spread of 25 4/8 inches. The main beams are 27 7/8 and 29 0/8 inches respectively. The G-2s are the rack's longest tines, measuring 13 7/8 and 13 2/8 each. The bases measure 5 3/8 and 5 5/8 inches. There were four abnormal points, two of which were scored at 1 7/8 inches and 3 2/8 inches. These measurements are not added to the gross score, but they are counted as deductions in the final B&C net score.

Few typical bucks of this caliber are taken in North America each year, let alone a heavily hunted state like Massachusetts. The Sovinski buck is by far the most impressive typical buck ever taken in Massachusetts, and is one of the highest-scoring bucks ever taken in the Northeast.

With a gross B&C score of 204 1/8, it currently ranks No. 1 for typical whitetails taken anywhere in southern New England, according to the NBBC's records. It easily outscores the former No. 1 typical buck from New England (found dead by brothers Ricky and Gary Vincent in Connecticut in 1987), a 10-pointer from Litchfield County that scored 187 3/8 gross B&C.

The former No. 1 typical buck in Massachusetts, Bill Tatro's 184 1/8 trophy from Berkshire County, was taken in 1995. As impressive as those bucks are, the Sovinski buck scores nearly 17 inches more than southern New England's previous best!

Based on the Boone and Crockett Club's North American Whitetails 3rd Edition, Sovinski's buck will rank No. 1 in all of New England with a net score of 193 3/8.

Whitey Sovinski wasn't the only hunter in Massachusetts who took a 200-inch whitetail in 2002.

On opening day of the 2002 shotgun season, Peter Kiendzior found himself hunting a new area with long- time hunting partner Brian Osowski. The pair chose a remote camp in western Massachusetts' Berkshire Mountains, where Osowski and several other men had been hunting for nearly 40 years. Kiendzior is a seasoned hunter who had already bagged two deer in New York during the 2002 season. Kiendzior prepared for this hunt content to learn a new hunting area and enjoy some great times with a bunch of good hunters.

Since everyone else appeared to be hunting the lowlands in swamps and pine flats, Kiendzior decided to hunt high on a remote ridge, which appeared to be accessible by logging roads.

On opening morning, after taking his 4wd truck and ATV as far as he could go on wheels, Kiendzior climbed up two shelves of a steep ridge and ended up in an area of slash and blowdowns overlooking two snow-covered "bowls."

At about 8:10 a.m., a doe appeared about 70 yards away. After 10 minutes, she turned and looked at her back trail before disappearing over a knoll. Kiendzior looked back in the direction the deer had come from and saw a large buck in the brush. The buck lowered its head to feed, offering a clean neck shot at 70 yards. Kiendzior centered his Remington 1100 and fired. At the shot, the buck burst out of the thicket and headed downhill, falling twice before disappearing from sight. Kiendzior knew he'd made a good shot, and soon found the buck buried in a snowdrift. As he bent over to lift the rack, his jaw dropped. This was the biggest buck he had ever seen!

Later, Kiendzior was told to contact Paul Chapdelaine, NBBC vice president. After 60 days of drying, the rack scored an incredible 203 2/8 gross and 192 2/8 net, making it the NBBC's No. 2 non-typical gun buck of all time.

The Kiendzior buck almost defies description. It has a typical 9-point frame with 5 additional abnormal points, for a total of 14 points. The main beams are 25 1/8 and 26 2/8 long, and the inside spread is 23 1/8 inches. The bases on both sides are 4 6/8 inches, and the G-2s measure 10 7/8 and 9 5/8 inches.

It is the abnormal growth that defines this rack. All 5 abnormal points are 6 inches or longer, with the longest at 10 0/8 inches. The total abnormal score for these impressive drop tines and stickers is 40 1/8 inches.

The Kiendzior buck is currently the second-largest gross-scori

ng buck taken in Massachusetts in 2002, just behind the Sovinski buck.

For more on big bucks taken last year in Massachusetts and other New England states, contact the Northeast Big Buck Club, 390 Marshall St., Paxton, MA 01612; or visit the NBBC's Internet Web site at

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