7 Biggest Non-Typical White-Tailed Bucks of All Time

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Which of These Seven Legendary Whitetails Is Your Favorite?

I think it’s safe to say the whitetail is the most adored big game animal on the planet. The number of hunters who flock to the woods each fall in pursuit of these captivating animals is overwhelming. Needless to say, there are a lot of us.

I’ll admit the main reason we should hunt whitetails is for food, but it doesn’t hurt to get excited about big bucks, right? So today, we’re checking out the seven biggest of all time — the seven largest free-range, non-typical white-tailed bucks ever killed or found dead.

You’ll find several interesting things about these deer as you click through the post. But the most interesting of all, at least to me, is how different most of these racks look. Sure, there are some similarities. But each one has its own fingerprint. Its own look. Its own brand. These deer are truly iconic in their own ways.

Check out these seven legendary whitetails. They are true legends of the hunting world. Bucks this big are extremely rare. They don’t live in every block of timber. They aren’t killed every year. They’re rare. They’re unique. They’re legends. And thanks to the Boone & Crockett Trophy Search function, we're able to share them all with you.

Bonus Read: Top Typical Whitetails of All Time

The Missouri Buck

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1 | The Missouri Buck

This Missouri buck is the most iconic of any that’s ever walked the earth. It has those sweeping main beams with tines and drops and kickers and cheaters that we all love so much. This buck literally has it all from mass, to spread, to tine and beam length. There is no critiquing this deer.

As we know, hunter-harvested and picked-up bucks are put into the same records category. This buck, the largest known whitetail to ever walk the earth, is full of mystery. How did it die? Old age? Predators? A bullet that missed the mark? A not-so-well-placed arrow? We don’t know and likely never will for sure. Sure, there are theories out there. Several have their opinion as to how the deer met its demise. But the real truth? That’s still out there somewhere.

Score: 333 7/8 inches

Hunter: Picked Up

Location: St. Louis County, Missouri

Date: 1981

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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The Ohio Buck

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2 | The Ohio Buck

Here’s another mystery buck. This tank was found dead in Portage County, Ohio. The crazy trash this deer has hanging off it propelled its score all the way up to being the second largest known whitetail ever to become legend in the Boone & Crockett record books. It’s a hoss. And it has plenty to boast about.

This deer, somewhat similar to the Missouri buck in regard to the frame, has trash going everywhere. But it’s the mass that truly sets this deer apart and makes it shine. Sure, the infinite number of points don’t hurt anything. But when I think of the Ohio buck, I think of its mass.

Score: 328 2/8 inches

Hunter: Picked Up

Location: Portage County, Ohio

Date: 1940

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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The Tucker Buck

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3 | The Tucker Buck

This deer has dominated the recent news, as it should. Forget about the 312-inch score for a minute. It’s the largest whitetail ever taken by a hunter. That’s reason enough to be talked about so much. Stephen Tucker made a great accomplishment when he brought down this giant whitetail.

Interestingly enough, this buck really is a one of a kind. Compared to the other six bucks on this this list, it doesn’t exhibit the mass, spread, tine length or beam length as the rest do. The sheer number of abnormal points is what got this deer there. Truly an incredibly rare representation of the species.

Score: 312 inches

Hunter: Stephen L. Tucker

Location: Sumner County, Tennessee

Date: 2016

Photo credit: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

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The Lovstuen Buck

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4 | The Lovstuen Buck

Just look how different this buck is from the Tucker buck. What’s even crazier? Less than five inches separates the two deer. You’d think this deer to be bigger just by looking at it. That’s how deceiving big non-typical racks can be.

I’ll say this, the droptines on this deer make it truly unique, especially the club-like drop on its left base. And the mass is world class (pun intended). It just doesn’t get any better than that. Tony Lovstuen killed a true giant when he brought down this Iowa monarch.

Score: 307 5/8 inches

Hunter: Tony W. Lovstuen

Location: Monroe County, Iowa

Date: 2003

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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The Bryant Buck

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5 | The Bryant Buck

This is a beautiful non-typical buck. It’s sweeping beams are littered with points that aren’t super long, but there are just so many of them that it scores so well. It also doesn’t hurt to have incredible mass and giant brow tines with junk hanging off of them everywhere, either.

The Bryant buck, taken in Illinois, it a true beaut. This deer might not be as gnarly as the rest on this list, but it’s just as special and iconic. That’s one of the reasons whitetails are so fascinating — no two are just alike.

Score: 304 3/8 inches

Hunter: Jerry D. Bryant

Location: Fulton County, Illinois

Date: 2001

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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The Beck Buck

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6 | The Beck Buck

This buck slightly resembles the Bryant buck. Its frame is similar and exhibits a few similar small character traits. Less than an inch separates the Beck and Bryant bucks. Talk about fierce competition for these top coveted spots. It’s real.

I truly love this rack. It might be my favorite on this list. I love the Missouri buck. But this rack speaks to me. There’s just something about those sweeping, down-turning, massive main beams. This is what I envision when I think of a “typical” non-typical whitetail.

Score: 303 7/8 inches

Hunter: Timothy J. Beck

Location: Huntington County, Indiana

Date: 2012

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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The Fulton Buck

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7 | The Fulton Buck

The Fulton buck, the famous 1995 buck that came out of Mississippi, mostly resembles a rack comprised of two baseball bats with beach balls on the end of them. Seriously though, this buck has main beams with giant clusters of points on the ends. It truly is a unique buck.

This buck, coming in at No. 7 and rounding out our list, is yet another legend in the whitetail world. It’s a part of a long list of whitetails that deserve our recognition and respect. It’s not about us. It’s not about the hunters. It’s about the whitetails. The resource. And these seven whitetails are the most incredible of their kind to ever walk this earth.

Score: 295 6/8 inches

Hunter: Tony Fulton

Location: Winston County, Mississippi

Date: 1995

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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