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

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Can You Name All Five of These Whitetails?

Thoughts of big non-typical whitetails with endless trash and character keep many deer hunters up at night. Few ever connect dream with reality, though. But these five hunters did. And before we delve in, I think it’s safe to say that Canada owns the West when it comes to non-typical white-tailed deer. You’ll see for yourself soon enough. Just sayin’ . . .

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 Morin Buck

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1 | The Morin Buck

[Jaw hits the floor.] Forget everything else. This buck has the most impressive brow tines I’ve ever seen. Giant. Huge. Monstrous. Add in the drop tines and you have a buck with way more character than most hunters will ever see. This buck is a dadgum dandy. Period.

Score: 279 6/8 inches

Hunter: Neil Morin

Location: Whitemud Creek, Alberta

Date: 1991

Region Rank: No. 1

Overall Rank: No. 19

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Smith Buck

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2 | The Smith Buck

Ta Ta Creek looks like the place to be in British Columbia, eh? This buck has a ginormous spread, super-long tines and a plethora of small, abnormal points. It’s been a while since this buck was taken, but we won’t be forgetting about it anytime soon.

Score: 279 3/8 inches

Hunter: Harold Smith

Location: Ta Ta Creek, British Columbia

Date: 1951

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 20

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Klinger Buck

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3 | The Klinger Buck

Remind you of the current largest buck taken by a hunter? The cluster-style rack looks a lot like the Tucker buck from Tennessee (included in the Southeast region roundup). But this buck was taken a long way away from Rocky Top. That’s right, chalk up another one for Alberta.

Score: 277 5/8 inches

Hunter: Doug Klinger

Location: Hardisty, Alberta

Date: 1976

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 22

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Eymundson Buck

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4 | The Eymundson Buck

Here’s another buck that reminds us of an even bigger deer — the No. 2 all-time non-typical from Ohio (included in the Midwest region roundup). The Eymundson buck’s incredible spread, beam length and mass really are special. And again, this deer came out of Canada, too. Alberta, to be exact.

Score: 274 inches

Hunter: Helgie Eymundson

Location: Cross Lake, Alberta

Date: 2007

Region Rank: No. 4

Overall Rank: No. 25

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

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The Froma Buck

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5 | The Froma Buck

This buck is all beam and brow tine with a healthy does of abnormal. This buck is impressive. And (drum roll) coming out of Alberta (surprise, surprise), this buck takes the final spot at No. 5 for the West region. It ranks No. 33 on the overall non-typical list.

Score: 267 7/8 inches

Hunter: Jerry Froma

Location: Shoal Lake, Alberta

Date: 1984

Region Rank: No. 5

Overall Rank: No. 33

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

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Abbie

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