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

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Can You Name All Five of These Whitetails?

The Northeast, like the Southeast, has a rich hunting tradition. It harbors huge populations of deer and deer hunters. Hunters can be found almost anywhere there’s a patch of cover. And maybe that’s one reason why there aren’t as many record-holding bucks that come out of the northeastern region. As you click through the top five non-typical bucks to come from there, you’ll see they rank much lower on the overall (continent-wide) list than non-typicals from other regions. But hey, we’re not here to judge, we’re here to show just how special these deer are. And they’re some mega-giants.

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 MacDonald Buck

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1 | The MacDonald Buck

You don’t hear much about whitetails and Nova Scotia anymore. But there was a time when it was king. Alexander MacDonald killed the largest buck from this region in 1960. And it takes the No. 26 spot on the all-time overall list.

Score: 273 6/8 inches

Hunter: Alexander MacDonald

Location: West Afton River, Nova Scotia

Date: 1960

Region Rank: No. 1

Overall Rank: No. 26

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Gould Buck

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2 | The Gould Buck

Are you a Maine hunter? Chances are you know the Gould buck. It’s an iconic deer in the Northeast. The 259-inch stud came out of Washington County and ranks 50th on the overall Boone and Crockett non-typical list.

Score: 259 inches

Hunter: Hill Gould

Location: Washington County, Maine

Date: 1910

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 50

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The Other MacDonald Buck

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3 | The Other MacDonald Buck

Nova Scotia was crankin’ them out from 1945 to 1960. MacDonald trekked over to Goldenville to strike gold on his second buck to make the top five list from the Northeast region. What was Ol’ MacDonald’s secret recipe?

Score: 253 inches

Hunter: Neil MacDonald

Location: Goldenville, Nova Scotia

Date: 1945

Region Rank: No. 3

Overall Rank: No. 79

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The Martin Buck

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4 | The Martin Buck

New Brunswick is another area that has big deer, but doesn’t receive a lot of press. That’s where the Martin Buck came from — Kings County, New Brunswick. Taken back in 1946, this buck was created quite the buzz — on the telegram wires.

Score: 249 7/8 inches

Hunter: Ronald Martin

Location: Kings County, New Brunswick

Date: 1946

Region Rank: No. 4

Overall Rank: No. 108

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The Watson Buck

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5 | The Watson Buck

Most people think of Dave Watson when they hear that last name. But people in Maryland, they think of Donza Watson. In 2007, Donza killed the 5th largest buck in the Northeast. It came out of Charles County.

Score: 248 7/8 inches

Hunter: Donza Watson

Location: Charles County, Maryland

Date: 2007

Region Rank: No. 5

Overall Rank: No. 115

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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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

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Abbie

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