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Saskatchewans Biggest Non Typical

Saskatchewan’s Top 10 Non Typical Whitetails

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When a trophy hunter thinks of big deer, there are several places that come to mind, States like Ohio, Iowa, Kansas and Illinois, seem to dominate the big buck headlines and every year countless hunters head to these States with hopes of taking a trophy buck of a lifetime. These same hunters, the ones that take hunting seriously, the ones that seek out those places where big bucks exist, they also dream of someday hunting the giants of Canada. As a Whitetail hunter, who hasn’t dreamed of hunting the chocolate antlered bucks of the Canadian Prairie Provinces?

Within hunting circles, Saskatchewan has long been popular for its giant Whitetails, and probably more so for its typicals than for its non typicals. When Milo Hanson took the reigning world record typical in 1993, Saskatchewan suddenly was on every whitetail hunters bucket list. Who wouldn’t want a chance at a Whitetail that could very realistically weight 400 pounds on the hoof and stand tall enough to look a hunter square in the eye?

Since 1980, Saskatchewan has produced North Americas highest scoring Whitetail eight different times, that’s more than any other State or Province during the same time period. Seven of those eight deer have been typical antlered bucks, further exemplifying the belief that the biggest bucks from Saskatchewan are typicals. The Province has produced 422 typical whitetails that are listed in the Boone & Crockett record book.

However, 229 of Saskatchewan’s biggest bucks are non-typical, and that non typical list is very impressive. So impressive in fact, I truly expect any season to produce a new world record non typical whitetail. So without further ado, let’s begin our countdown to Saskatchewan’s biggest non typical whitetail.

Saskatchewans Biggest Non Typical Whitetail, the Countdown Begins

Number ten on our list of Saskatchewan’s biggest non typicals is the A.W.Davis buck taken in 1951 near Govan. The great buck has relatively short beams for a world class whitetail at 24 1/8 inches on both sides. It has an inside spread of 22 6/8 inches and an outside spread of 26 inches. The 11×15 carries a total of 35 3/8 inches of non-typical antler. The final net score is 243 5/8.

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Number ten on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Number nine on our list of Saskatchewan’s greatest non typicals is the Doug Broich buck, it’s also the Provincial non typical record taken with a Muzzleloader. Hunting the Qu’ Appelle Valley, the great buck fell on November 17th, 2012. The giant whitetail has 30 scorable points that total 75 6/8 inches. It has an inside spread of 17 4/8 and an outside spread of 27 1/8. The buck has a final net score of 243 6/8 inches.

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Number nine on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Number eight on the list is a buck found dead near Carrot River in 1962 by Ken Halloway. This compact set of antlers has 30 scorable points that total 71 1/8 inches. It’s inside spread is 16 5/8 inches while the outside measurement is 21 2/8 inches. The final net score is 245 4/8 inches.

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Number eight on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Number seven on our countdown of Saskatchewan’s greatest non typicals is a buck taken in Moose Mountain Provincial Park in 1964 by Walter Bartko. The multi-drop tined buck has carry’s great character. It’s inside spread is 22 inches while the outside measurement is 30 2/8 inches. The 24 scorable points have a total of 87 4/8 inches of non-typical antler. The final net score is 248 4/8 inches.

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Number seven on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

The number six buck on Saskatchewan’s biggest non-typical whitetail list was taken by Curtis Narfason in 2010 while hunting near Foam Lake. The antlers are framed by huge matching drops and carry 47 4/8 inches of mass. The antlers are very well balanced with 13 points per side. In fact, there is only 5 1/8 inches of symmetry deductions! Appropriately nicknamed “The Incredible Hulk”, the antlers gross 256 3/8 inches and have a final net score of 251 2/8 inches. Interestingly, it is estimated that 15 inches of antler had been broken off the rack!

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Number six on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Saskatchewans Biggest Non Typical Whitetail: The Top Five Countdown

The fifth biggest deer on our countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail was taken by Greg Brataschuk in near Meeting Lake. The behemoth Whitetail features a 22 6/8 inch inside spread and a 26 1/8 outside spread. What really catches the eye is the frame of the rack appears mostly typical. However, the 23 pointer carries 60 inches of non-typical antler including a huge drop tine. The final net non-typical score is 251 5/8 inches.

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Number five on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Nita Wilson found the number four buck on our list while horseback riding during the spring of 1978 near Harris. The antlers feature 35 scorable points and exceptional mass. The inside spread is 17 inches and the outside is 21 4/8. It sits on a 186 5/8 inch net typical frame and has 80 1/8 inches of non-typical antler! Its final net non-typical score is 254 1/8. Interestingly, the antlers were given to a taxidermist for mounting but once mounted on the board a large non typical point prevented them from hanging on the wall, so the taxidermist removed it! If that point hadn’t been removed the antlers would have easily had a net score well over 260 inches.

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Number four on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Dwayne Erb took the Saskatchewan’s number three non-typical in 1999 the day before the season closed. The huge antlers have 24 scorable points and main beams of 25 1/8 and 26 3/8 inches. The longest point is 12 inches long. The final net score is 254 2/8 non-typical. This spectacular whitetail was the highest scoring non-typical shot in North America in 1999.

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Number three on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

One of the most impressive whitetails you’ll ever see anywhere in the world is the number two non-typical from Saskatchewan. If you like drop tines, or multiples thereof, you need to look no further than the buck Maverick Windels took in 2011.  Some feel this could very well be the most impressive whitetail to ever come out of Saskatchewan. The buck had five drop tines and the longest measures over 9 inches! The main beams are over 25 and 26 inches, and the greatest spread is 25 1/8 inches. The final net score on this world class whitetail is 260 5/8 inches!

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Number two on the countdown to Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail

Saskatchewans Biggest Non Typical Whitetail, The Elburn Kohler Buck

An instant legend, the spectacular buck taken by Elburn Kohler is considered by many within the world of antlers as being one of the top non typicals ever recorded. There are many whitetails that score higher, but very few can match the look, character, color, and mass, as the Elburn Kohler buck. Mass is what grabs your eye when you see this buck, with 55 inches of circumference measurements, the buck is one of the most massive whitetails ever recorded. But that’s not all it has, the antlers also have second points the reach to 14 7/8 inches in height! The gross typical frame is 205 7/8 inches and the 33 scorable points add up to a net non-typical score of 265 3/8 inches. Taken near White Fox in 1957, the buck is Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail and ranks number nine for all of Canada.

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Saskatchewans biggest non typical whitetail, the Elburn Kohler buck

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A Giant Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck

Two Year Quest for a Giant Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck

Thank you for reading The Whitetail Shooters Big Buck Blog and this story about a giant Saskatchewan Drop Tine buck.

When you spend two years after one particular buck the hunt takes on an element of personal challenge. As many of you know from similar accounts, the story doesn’t always end in the hunters favor. However, when the pursuit of a particular buck reaches the level of obsession, the hunter seldom quits before the very last minute of legal hunting season.

It doesn’t take long, or much pressure, before a mature whitetail realizes he’s being hunted, and once they make that realization they become almost impossible to harvest by legal means. In most cases the deer will relocate to a quieter area with little or no pressure. Or they may become nocturnal, which is a natural occurrence among mature bucks; the cover of darkness becomes their greatest ally.  However, when a buck uses both tactics, relocating and becoming completely nocturnal, it suddenly becomes all but impossible to even find them within the limited allotted time of a fall hunting season. These are two of the toughest obstacles a deer hunter can overcome, and each of these tactics within itself has been the reason for many mature bucks to survive another season. It takes a seasoned and savvy hunter to pick up on these bucks and more times than not they are only setting themselves up for failure.

John Moore is just the type of hunter that will take up that type of challenge. John grew up on Cape Breton Island where he punched many of his whitetail tags while chasing bucks through the hardwood ridges, swamps and thick Spruce forests of the island. John now lives in northwest Saskatchewan and hunting here is a little different than what he was used to on Cape Breton.

John knows the importance of being within the game 365. He spends countless hours glassing fields, looking for sheds, and running trail cameras. This dedication has paid off with a wall full of above average deer, both whitetail and mule deer. Not being real keen on road hunting, John enjoys spending time glassing an area. Knowing full well that in Saskatchewan a hunter usually doesn’t have to go far before finding a shooter buck.

In 2014 he had permission to hunt a particular area for Elk and while spending time watching the fields for a good bull he kept seeing a decent number of whitetails. A couple of these bucks were of pretty good size and his attention was soon focused on a large Saskatchewan drop tine buck. After the Elk hunt was over he placed a bait and camera within the area in hopes of capturing daylight photos of one of the bigger bucks that were in the area. However, after a couple card pulls it became obvious the bucks were almost completely nocturnal. Not one to give up, John looked closer at the area and after studying a topographical map he found an area a couple kilometers away that seemed like it should be quieter for the deer. He relocated his bait and reset his camera.

Three days later he checked the camera for the first time and was shocked by what he saw. There, in all his glory, was the kind of Saskatchewan drop tine buck that fills most hunters’ dreams. He had it all; tall, chocolate antlers, good mass, long points and great character including a nice drop tine. It took John all of one second to know this was the buck he was going to focus on during the  2014 season. But there was one minor problem; he had to wait three weeks for the season to open!

A Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck Appears

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The Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck in 2014

John kept the buck fed very well, adding more peas every five to six days as well as checking the camera. The buck was like clockwork, showing up regularly every night, but therein was another problem; the buck was only showing up at night. In typical big buck fashion, the wise veteran made one daylight appearance at 11am on November 14th, but 2kms away at the original bait site! Then, once again being true to mature whitetails, the big Saskatchewan drop tine buck completely vanished!

John hunted that first bait site for several days but the big buck never showed and the camera indicated he wasn’t around after dark either. He decided it was time to move back to his second site. Bingo, the buck was using the second bait site! Despite the camera showing only night time appearances John still put in his time hoping the big buck would make one mistake. But it wasn’t meant to be; despite sitting several days straight from daylight until dark, the season ended without a daylight sighting of the buck.

John decided to keep the bait active in the hopes of keeping the buck in the area for shed hunting. On the days of December 9, 10 and 11, the great buck was making two daylight visits to the bait, undoubtedly driven by post rut hunger. December 11th would be the last picture John would get of the buck that winter and he was worried the monarch had been lost to winter stress or possibly pulled down by wolves or coyotes. John covered the entire area during spring shed hunting hoping he’s at least find the buck dead. But there was nothing, not a single trace the great buck had ever been in the area.

A New Year and a New Plan

The thought of the buck was haunting John, he couldn’t accept the idea that the big deer was dead. As most vertebral trophy whitetail hunters know, mature bucks don’t die easy. Just because they disappear doesn’t mean they are dead. John was well aware of this fact and it’s what kept his hopes alive.

It took until October first for the big buck to finally make an appearance. He was now bigger, with even more character and he also added a huge drop tine to his left antler! To say John was excited and relieved would be an understatement. He was now more determined as ever before to add the great buck to his wall of honor.

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Imagine Finding this Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck on Your Trail Camera!

John kept baiting within the bucks home range but due to work commitments was only able to hunt three days in October. It didn’t really matter anyway as the buck was living up to its reputation and living life under the cover of darkness. But John had a different game plan this year. After an entire year of thinking about the deer and its patterns, he decided to abandon the ground blind and instead he built a 14 foot tall elevated stand. He hoped this would help keep his scent away from the deer and also allow him better visibility of the entire area.

The Saskatchewan weather was warm during November of 2015 and warm weather at this time of year usually means nocturnal deer. Sure enough, the buck was almost completely nocturnal. But the key word is almost; the deer had made two daylight visits in November, once on the 9th and again on the 14th. Two daylight photos of the buck in two months was all the hope John Moore needed.

The Hunt for the Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck Begins

On November 22nd, John left the house telling his wife, “Today’s the day he’s gonna die”. He was in the stand and comfortable by 8:30 am. At 4:00pm a small buck walked into the bait. Normally a little buck would be of no interest to John but this one was often seen with the big drop tine buck, so his appearance immediately put the hunter on high alert.

Suddenly John heard the leaves rustle but thought it was just a doe walking through the high grass. He decided to look below him anyway and when he did he almost had a heart attack, standing directly below him was the drop tine buck! Having forgotten to turn the magnification down on his rifle scope, when he first pulled his gun to his shoulder all he could see in the scope was hair. John reminded himself not to panic, and with trembling hands he managed to adjust the power ring down to six. By now the buck had taken a few steps away from the stand, he was a mere 14 feet away when the 300 Weatherby barked; the buck died instantly.

After he calmed down a little and realized the buck would never move again, he sent a text message to his wife, “He’s down!” is all he sent. Then he sent a text to his Son telling him to bring the pickup. He then climbed down from the stand and finally, after two long seasons and hundreds of hours invested, he was able to put his hands on the monarch. “What a rush!” John told me. To hunt exclusively for two years after one particular deer, not once seeing the animal in the daylight, after the constant roller coaster of highs and lows, the disappearing acts, and to finally be successful on that particular buck, is something very few hunters will ever experience. It takes a special hunter with a specific mind set to pull it off.

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John Moore and his Saskatchewan Drop Tine Buck

When John’s wife and son finally arrived the first thing he said to them was, “Now what am I going to do? I have to find another one for next year!” John Moore has a Whitetail Obsession!

Some deer are built for scoring well and some deer, while being bigger, just don’t do well under a tape. But score isn’t everything. Johns buck taped out at a very respectable 164 inches. However, that number is no indication of just how big this deer really is. Great mass, width, height, and great character topped by a huge drop tine, make this deer an envy of any trophy hunter.

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