Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the West

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Can You Name All Five of These Whitetails?

Big bucks turn a lot of people’s cranks. No, that’s not what hunting is all about. But it is part of the hunt for some outdoorsmen. Continuing with our “Record Deer” series, up next is the West region for the largest typical bucks of all time. Click through the gallery below to see which bucks own the West. Can you name them before you see them?

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 Jansen Buck

Image 1 of 6

1 | The Jansen Buck

This buck is phenomenal. The sweeping beams and long tines truly add up. It doesn’t have great mass, but it has everything else. And it takes the top spot for the largest typical in the West. There’s no surprise it comes from Alberta — the land of giants.

Score: 204 2/8 inches

Hunter: Stephen Jansen

Location: Beaverdam Creek, Alberta

Date: 1967

Region Rank: No. 1

Overall Rank: No. 5

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 1 of 6

The Cartwright Buck

Image 2 of 6

2 | The Cartwright Buck

The second buck on this list might come as a shocker — it was killed in the state of Washington. Interestingly enough, Washington and Oregon are both somewhat sleeper states when it comes to whitetails. Not many of the subspecies live there, but some of those that do are whoppers. The Cartwright buck was certainly one of those deer. It even takes the No. 13 spot for largest typical overall of all-time.

Score: 200 3/8 inches

Hunter: James Cartwright

Location: Stevens County, Washington

Date: 1992

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 13

Photo credit: Bill Konway

Image 2 of 6

The McGarvey Buck

Image 3 of 6

3 | The McGarvey Buck

Another one from Alberta. This buck may not look that big — but don’t let it fool you. This is a very large deer. In fact, it was only 3/8 of an inch shy of hitting the big 200 mark. What gets this buck there? Several things. First, it has a ridiculous spread. Second, the mass is much bigger than it looks in the photo. And third, the tine length is longer than it seems due to the great mass and spread. Simply put, the McGarvey buck is a stud.

Score: 199 5/8 inches

Hunter: Don McGarvey

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Date: 1991

Region Rank: No. 3

Overall Rank: No. 17

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 3 of 6

The Dellwo Buck

Image 4 of 6

4 | The Dellwo Buck

The No. 4 buck on this comes out of the fabled state of Montana. It’s a great state for deer hunting. And part of its rich hunting tradition is in part due to some giant typicals like this one here. The Dellwo buck has everything you could ever want in a giant typical whitetail.

Score: 199 3/8 inches

Hunter: Thomas Dellwo

Location: Missoula County, Montana

Date: 1974

Region Rank: No. 4

Overall Rank: No. 20

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 4 of 6

The Petry Buck

Image 5 of 6

5 | The Petry Buck

Another buck from Montana? Yep. Two of the five came out of arguably the best state in the West to chase whitetails. Only 1/8 of an inch smaller than the Dellwo buck, the Petry deer was taken eight years prior, and was king until Thomas Dellwo kill the famous Missoula County buck.

Score: 199 2/8 inches

Hunter: Kent Petry

Location: Flathead County, Montana

Date: 1966

Region Rank: No. 5

Overall Rank: No. 21

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 5 of 6

Want to See More Record Deer Data?

Image 6 of 6

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

Are you a deer hunter wanting to learn how to accomplish your goals? Check out our stories, videos and hard-hitting how-to's on deer hunting.

Follow us on Facebook.

Image 6 of 6