Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded

Six of the Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded

Thank you for reading The Whitetail Shooters Big Buck Blog. The intent of this article is to answer the question, “What are the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded?”

First and foremost we need to establish the criteria. The information and scoring numbers used for this search are from the Boone & Crockett record book, or in the least, from using the B&C measuring system. All measurements listed are official B&C net scores, in other words, the final number reached after symmetrical and abnormal point deductions, as this number will be the score listed within the record book.

There are many giant 8 point whitetails recorded that do not make the list, this is the elite of the elite. There are always rumors of larger “known” bucks, but until they are given an official score from a certified measurer it is all hearsay. This list is complete with the top five 8 point whitetails that have been officially scored and certified. If there is a bigger 8 point whitetail out there then it has not been officially measured and certified as of this article.

With that being said, here they are in descending order, the top five 8 point whitetails ever recorded including a sixth whitetail that could very possibly be the new world record 8 point.

The Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded: Tied at #’s 4 & 5

Starting our list are two great bucks that are tied in score, and both were once recognized by B&C as being the world record 8 point whitetail. The Vernon Winter buck was taken in 1965 in Hand County, South Dakota. It has a final net score of 180 3/8. Sharing the score and status of former world record 8 point whitetail is a buck taken in 2001 in Michigan’s Hillsdale County by Victor Bulliner. Known as “The Lucky Buck”, the giant 8 point grosses 184 1/8 and has a final net score of 180 3/8.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
Sharing the former world record 8 point whitetail status is the Vernon Winter buck from South Dakota scoring 180 3/8 net inches. No doubt one of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded.
Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
Sharing the former world record 8 point whitetail status is the Victor Bulliner buck from Michigan scoring 180 3/8 net inches. No doubt one of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded.

The Largest 8 point Whitetails Ever Recorded: #3

Coming in at number three on our countdown to the world record 8 point whitetail is a beautiful buck taken in Saskatchewan by Allen Colly during the 1993 season. The beautiful 8 point whitetail is considered Canada’s record 4×4 with a final net score of 180 5/8 inches. Information on the location the buck was taken, as well as it’s gross score and measurements were not available at the time of this writing.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
Allen Colly took this great buck in Saskatchewan scoring 180 5/8 net inches, making it one of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded

The Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded: #2

The second largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded comes from the State of Iowa. Taken in 1996 by Elisha Hugen, this great 8 point is unofficially the largest 8 point whitetail ever taken by a female hunter. The great buck has a gross typical score of 188 2/8 and an official net score of 182 3/8 inches. Other world class numbers include an inside spread of 23 4/8 inches, it’s right side G2 is 14 7/8 inches tall and the left side G2 stretches to 15 0/8 inches! Unfortunately, quality photographs of the Hugen buck are virtually non existent.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
One of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded was taken in Iowa by Elisha Hugen. The big deer is close to being the world record 8 point whitetail at 182 3/8 net inches.
The Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded: #1

The current recognized world record 8 point whitetail comes from the State of Illinois. This great buck was taken in the central part of the State during the 2011 firearms season by Jason Sanders. The antlers on the Sanders buck are built on a pure 4×4 typical frame with a short abnormal point. Check out these numbers; total gross typical is an astounding 192 3/8 inches! The beams are 30 and 32 inches! The G2’s measure 14 and 16 inches, while the G3’s are both 12+ inches each! A respectable inside spread of 22 3/8  inches compliments these world record 8 point antlers. The final official score after deducting symmetry differences and the 1 6/8 inch abnormal point is 183 1/8 inches!

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
One of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded, the Jason Sanders buck from Illinois is considered the world record 8 point whitetail at 183 1/8 net inches.
Honorable Mention

No conversation about the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded would be complete without mentioning this great southern deer. Lonnie Copeland took this tremendous buck in Prairie County, Arkansas during the 1992 firearms season. Recently re-scored at 185 7/8 net inches, the Copeland rack has 30-inch main beams and 17-inch G-2s, had not two tine’s (the G4 and G5 on the right main beam) been broken off, we could very possibly be talking about an overall world record typical whitetail. Some people consider the Copeland buck as being the largest 8 point ever recorded, however, a simple explanation could change some opinions.

Although it’s true the Copeland buck is entered as having a 4×4 score sheet, the problem lies within the placement of the mass measurements. A true four point antler receives its fourth circumference half way between the beam tip and the center of the G3. This is quite different from a five point antler receiving its fourth circumference between the G3 and G4, which in almost all cases is going to be upwards of an inch or more BIGGER than the fourth circumference of a true four point. The circumference measurements on the Copeland buck were taken on both beams in the location between the G3 & G4. This placement has increased the overall score by at least two full inches and should, for all practical purposes, not allow the buck to be considered as a true 4×4. It’s still a world class whitetail, but in this writer’s opinion it does not fit the criteria as being a pure 4×4 so it should not have the status as being the world record 8 point whitetail.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
The Lonnie Copeland buck from Arkansas is considered by some as being the largest 8 point ever recorded. However, the deer is actually a 6×5 typical with broken points.
Could This Be The New World Record 8 Point?

***NEW INFORMATION HAS SURFACED WHICH REQUIRED AN UPDATE TO THE FOLLOWING DEER***

Although this giant buck has yet to be entered, or for that matter, Recently officially measured, the Minnesota DNR is reporting the buck to score 190 inches gross and 185 net inches. These numbers, when officially entered, will place the deer at the top of the list for a world record 8 point whitetail. The buck was poached in the southeastern part of the state in 2009. The MNDNR may never enter the deer thus the deer may never receive the true world record recognition it deserves. However, it’s obvious the deer should be recognized as being the largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
This buck, poached in Southeast Minnesota in 2009, is the largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded.

I’d like to hear your opinion on what you think about these giant 8 point whitetails. What are your thoughts on the Copeland buck being considered the world record 8 point whitetail? Should the Minnesota buck, being it was poached, be given recognition as being the largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded? Please post your comments and opinions at the bottom of this page in the comments section.

If you enjoy reading the stories of giant whitetails and how the hunters took them then SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG and you’ll receive all the articles in your email box as they are posted. The subscribe link is located within the right column on this page. Also, be sure to sign up for my free Buck-Tales Newsletter and receive big buck news not published within these articles, that link can be found within the left side column. I will not share your contact info for any reason and I promise there will never be any spam from this site. Also, if you’re a shed hunter then you need to read my eBook, “How to Find Whitetail Deer Sheds”, also found within the left side column. The reviews on the book are in and they are superb!

I hope you enjoyed this article about the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded. Thank you for reading The Whitetail Shooters Big Buck Blog!

30 thoughts on “Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded”

  1. I shot a big 8 in MN two years ago that scored 149 1/2. Nothing better than a big, wide, symmetrical 8!

  2. The Copeland buck from Arkansas should be allowed/considered as one of the biggest 8 points of all time..it is not allowed as a ten or eleven so it is what it is..a giant 8 point!

  3. You might do some research in eastern Indiana for a 9 pt which was taken this year and was reported to be the largest 8 yet. I saw a picture and believe it netted 192, but I don’t get too caught up the details.

  4. The Minnesota buck should definitely be entered, but the “credit” should go to their DNR, NOT the “jerk” who poached it. I have a true 8 pointer from SC, that net scored 127 and 5/8’s. Does not compare to the huge ones from the Midwest, but he was HUGE for SC- 215 lbs., 21 inch inside spread. Five and 1/2 years old. I’m definitely proud of him.

  5. i have a friend who killed a 184 5/8″ 8 point in mexico in 1985. it was officially scored by B&C and, as far as he knew, was the official standing world record. i cannot find anything online about his deer. i’ve seen the plaque from B&C and the deer with my own eyes..from what i have read the current record holder is 183 1/8. why wouldn’t my friends deer be listed as the current world record?

  6. With my highest respect for the MN 8 point and all others!!!
    When I see any deer I immediately ask the question “Where does it set in a record book?” My reasoning is because of the respect that I have for the animal in general!
    Whether they were poached or found dead by way of any means other than, heaven forbid, legally taken (no pun intended), we have an awesome responsibility to enter them in an official recordbook of some type! After all, aren’t we as awe stricken by any buck with points and mass? What do we say, “l wonder what he scores?” while we scrutinize it very closely. They got to their status quo by the same means that all the others did and demand our obligating notations!
    Though I may have a differing opinion than some, I would like to see the MN 8 point sitting amongst all others, bosting his genetics for all to see.
    However, deer within the high fence areas are supported with an unfair advantage to survival and genetics as compared to the “outside world” and should have records within their own status quo!

  7. Dan, how about an article on officially measured and entered true 6 pointers ?I mean into state record books using the B & C system. I mounted and replicated a 152 and change net 6 point a few years ago.

    1. Heath, send me a photo of the six. I probably already have a photo of it. I’ve been researching the sixes and have plans to write it up pretty soon. I have a few other posts I need to do first, but I already have a file and photos of five or six big sixes right now. All of them are over 150 B&C.

    1. That’s good to know. I’ll make the edit in the article.
      However, the next question is, did they enter the buck with B&C?
      This is the only way the deer can be considered an official world record.
      Thanks Tom.

    1. It certainly needs to be recognized and given the credit it deserves. I just wish the MNDNR would quit jacking around and get it officially scored so we know where it truly ranks.

      1. I shot the biggest deer of my life in 2015. A large 8 in southern Ohio ,And I agree also there is nothing like walking up to a giant 8 point buck laying in the high grass .

  8. The Minnesota buck should get recognized as the largest 8 point regardless of how it was taken. Just no credit to the shooter

    1. Mike, I can agree with that to a certain point. The deer should have its recognition. But on the other hand there’s a poacher out there that can brag about killing an official world record. I personally have a problem with that. There may be no perfect solution for the MN buck?

      1. The Minnesota poacher did 9 months in jail. I don’t think he has much to brag about now. I missed a massive 8 point from that area in MN last fall which would have scored 155+.

        1. I remember him getting the nine months but also remember the monetary penalty being a joke.
          A 155 inch 8 point is a great buck! My best 8 is 135 inches. I’ve passed a few in the 140’s since then in hopes of running into a 150+. I can sympathize with the miss though, I’ve been through that to many times!

          1. I personally measured a non-typical for B&C in Wisconsin that had a main-frame eight score of 195″. The G-2’s were 18 and 17 inches long!

      2. The buck should get in the recordbook! Maybe tpenalties ty should have a drawing by the licensed hunters of that county for the credit of the deer and it’s recognition within a recordbook.
        The poacher should get more than a slap on the wrist for the crime! I mean STIFF penalties! That means judges on conservationist side! That means states invoking STIFFER penalties!
        The judge in the state and county where I lived would throw out cases involving deer that a prosecutor would bring. There is a state now that has made the poaching of a record book buck a felony and sentenced up to 10 years and several thousand dollar fines.
        You know, as long as there are not supporting penalties that favor our hunting heritage that we so enjoy, then poaching will always be a problem!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *