Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Southeast

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Can You Name All Five of These Whitetails?

The Southeast arguably has more hunters than any other region. There’s a rich hunting tradition in the South and many people practice it. But as you’ll see on this list, there are a few states that seem to take the lead in terms of producing big bucks. Check out this list of record bucks to see which states those are.

Editor’s Note: Only bucks registered in the Boone and Crockett records were considered for this article.

The Smith Buck

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1 | The Smith Buck

Kentucky deer hunting has come on strong in the last 20 years. It’s really turned on in the last 10 to 15, though. The Smith buck, the top typical in the Southeast region, scored a whopping 204 2/8 inches. That’s a stud. And it’s almost 8 inches ahead of the No. 2 buck.

Score: 204 2/8 inches

Hunter: Robert Smith

Location: Pendleton County, Kentucky

Date: 2000

Region Rank: No. 1

Overall Rank: No. 5

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The McCulloch Buck

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2 | The McCulloch Buck

This buck was killed more than a half century ago. But it’s still impressive — especially to rank so high for so long. This buck is really something incredible. I guess what they say is true — everything is bigger in Texas.

Score: 196 4/8 inches

Hunter: Tom McCulloch

Location: Maverick County, Texas

Date: 1963

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 45

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The Milton Buck

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3 | The Milton Buck

Another Texas buck makes the top five. Pretty impressive, right? I’d say so. This buck was taken more than 100 years ago and still makes the top three for the Southeast region. That’s simply stunning for a record to hold this kind of ground for so long. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Score: 196 1/8 inches

Hunter: George Milton

Location: McMullen County, Texas

Date: 1906

Region Rank: No. 3

Overall Rank: No. 49

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The Ayecock Buck

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4 | The Ayecock Buck

Not many giants come out of Arkansas. But this one did. The Ayecock buck was taken in 2015, ranks and comes in at No. 4 in the Southeast. It didn’t break the coveted 200-inch mark. But it’s still a giant. And it’s a whopper of a whitetail.

Score: 195 2/8 inches

Hunter: Jacob Ayecock

Location: Drew County, Arkansas

Date: 2015

Region Rank: No. 4

Overall Rank: No. 55

Photo credit: Bill Konway

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The Dailey Buck

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5 | The Dailey Buck

That’s right. Another buck from Texas. That’s three on this list alone. (There are two on the non-typical list.) Coming in at No. 5 on this list and No. 96 all-time overall, it was taken only three years prior to the Milton buck taken in McMullen County, Texas. Needless to say, Texas rocked in the early to mid-1900s. (And it still does today.)

Score: 192 2/8 inches

Hunter: Basil Dailey

Location: Frio County, Texas

Date: 1903

Region Rank: No. 5

Overall Rank: No. 96

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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