Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Midwest

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Can You Name All Five of These Whitetails?

Deer. We love them. 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.

Big bucks intrigue us. So we’re checking out the five biggest midwestern buck of all time. 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.

Bucks like these don’t come around every year — not even in the Midwest. They’re legends. And thanks to the Boone & Crockett Trophy Search function, we're able to share them all with you.

Editor’s Note: Only bucks registered in the Boone and Crockett records were considered for this article. Bucks from the United States and Canada were included in the ranking process.

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

Region Rank: No. 1

Overall Rank: No. 1

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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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 and 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

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 2

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Lovstuen Buck

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3 | The Lovstuen Buck

Just look how different this buck is from the Tucker buck (No 3. all-time overall record). What’s even crazier? Less than five inches separate 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. And 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

Region Rank: No. 3

Overall Rank: No. 4

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club




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The Bryant Buck

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4 | 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

Region Rank: No. 4

Overall Rank: No. 5

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Beck Buck

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5 | 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. And 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

Region Rank: No. 5

Overall Rank: No. 6

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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Want to See More Record Deer Data?

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6 | Want to See More Record Deer Data?

Don’t be shy. Check out the links below to see more record white-tailed bucks by region. See where the best of the best came from. These are legendary whitetails.

The Northeast Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Northeast

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Northeast

The Southeast Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Southeast

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Southeast

The Midwest Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Midwest

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Midwest

The West Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the West

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the West

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