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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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2016 Whitetail Rut Dates

Predicting the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates

Thank you for reading The Whitetail Shooters Big Buck Blog. I hope this article about the 2016 whitetail rut dates helps you plan your hunt and take the biggest whitetail of your life! The intention of this article is to answer the following questions; when is the whitetail rut, when will be the 2016 peak breeding dates, and what should be the best days to hunt in 2016?

I realize that many hunters and biologists say that moon phases and position have no effect on whitetail rut dates. However, if this were true then why are so many people, hunters and fisherman in particular, putting so much emphasis on fish and game solunar tables? These tables are listed in many sporting publications and newspapers, they are on our GPS, our watches, and there are even solunar table phone apps. This all attests to their popularity.

Also, there are many biologists who argue that the moon does have an effect on the peak Whitetail breeding dates, and in particular, the 2016 whitetail rut date predictions. For example, the popular “Whitetail Calendar and Rut Predictions”, produced by Deer & Deer Hunting, is based on information gathered by wildlife biologist Wayne Laroche and partner Charles Alsheimer. In part, they had this to say about their whitetail rut predictions;

“Sunlight and moonlight provide environmental cues that set, trigger and synchronize breeding. The second full moon after the autumn equinox is believed to trigger the peak in rutting activity.”

According to their predictions the entire rut and peak breeding are determined by the moon.

Highly respected Biologist Dr. James Kroll is a firm believer in rut timing being consistent with moon phase, and in particular, peak breeding dates being triggered by the second full moon after the autumn equinox. This corresponds with Biologist Laroche’s theory. Dr. Kroll had this to say;

“There is a correlation between the full moon and the peak whitetail rut. In a healthy deer herd the peak of the rut tends to occur three to five days after the full moon.”

One more thing; hunting is very calculated when your biggest decision is to choose what food plot to hunt over. Moon phases and breeding dates don’t carry near the significance when it becomes a choice of WHERE to hunt rather than WHEN to hunt. There are many top hunters of old, the old schoolers that we revere today, guys like David Morris, Dick Idol, Myles Keller, Roger Rothhaare, Gene & Barry Wensel, Hal Blood, Larry Benoit. These guys knew and understood the importance of moon phases and timing, and they planed their trips and hunts accordingly. David Morris and Dick Idol in particular have complete trophy walls that were filled on the premise of “three days after the full moon” theory. This was happening long before food plots ever became popular and were considered a hunting strategy. When you spend several thousand dollars a years on hunting trips, you want to make sure you’re booking the best dates. These guys knew what they were doing and knew how to interpret the moon phases and scheduled accordingly based on that information.

Let’s take a look at the moon phases and dates so we can predict the timing of the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates. The following graph shows moon phase dates for the months of September through December 2016.

2016 Whitetail Rut Dates
Basing the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates according to the monthly moon phases.

2016 whitetail rut dates

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Solunar Tables predict a slow first week in November which will mean the 2016 whitetail rut dates will occur later.

By the second week of November things will change dramatically. As you can see by the Solunar Tables, both the major and minor activity times fall within daylight hours. This should be a spectacular week to hunt as the chase phase will really be kicking into high gear. Rattling, calling, and decoys should be hot tickets during this week of the 2016 whitetail rut dates.

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The November 6-12 Solunar Tables show a ramping up of daylight activity for these 2016 whitetail rut dates.

As you can see within the above moon phase graph, November 14th is the full moon. With this in mind, let’s do a Dr. Kroll forward count of three days, which places us on the 17th. This should be the central date of the 2016 whitetail breeding dates. This means the week of November 14-20 should be the 2016 peak breeding dates in the northern whitetail range. These dates fit perfectly with the northern deer herd where breeding and conception dates are imperative to spring survival of the fawns being born. Any earlier and there is an increased risk of the fawn being born in adverse weather, and any later could see an under developed fawn entering the following winter. Breeding and conception dates are very important for northern Whitetails, and these dates fall within the traditional perfect window of opportunity. The State of Missouri recently published a study where biologist’s back-dated fetuses from late season harvested doe’s. The three year study revealed that the peak breeding date was November 15 with a simple variation of plus or minus one day! This study not only shows the consistency of Whitetail breeding dates, but also reiterates the importance of the traditional 2016 whitetail rut dates.

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November 13-19 should be prime time for all day deer activity making this week the best of the 2016 whitetail rut dates.

By the 20th of November the majority of the does will have been bred but there will still be plenty of chasing and cruising by bucks. Hunters have long and consistently reported seeing the biggest buck of their lives during this week, often seen standing in the open with its tongue hanging out from running hard in search of that last remaining doe in estrous. This should be a very good week to hunt hard as the solunar Tables indicate both major and minor activity levels during daylight hours.

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The Solunar Tables for November 20-26 show a traditional morning/evening movement cycle is expected for these 2016 whitetail rut dates.

By the last week of November things have slowed down substantially. Almost all the doe’s have been bred by now and the bucks are looking at post rut recovery. The Solunar Tables indicate this as well. Bucks in recovery will search out quality food and want to feed a couple times a day. Morning, mid-day, and evenings, can be equally good but usually this movement will offer a very short window of opportunity for the hunter. Hunters should look for high quality food sources and plan to hunt all day in order to take advantage of any daylight movement by rut worn bucks.

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The Solunar Tables for November 27-30 show good mid-day movement can be expected for these 2016 whitetail rut dates.

Traditionally, the first two weeks of November offer the best hunting of the year, but that should be different this year. The first week in particular looks to be rather slow, but by the second week things will really start picking up. By the end of the second week the 2016 Whitetail rut will be in full swing. In my opinion, this could be one of the best and most visible rutting seasons we’ve seen in several years.

The Best of the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates

My predictions for the 2016 Whitetail rut dates and the best days to hunt in 2016 are as follows.

  • Chasing will begin in earnest on November 8th.
  • The peak breeding date will occur on November 17th.
  • The best times to hunt during the 2016 season will be November 10-24
  • Get ready for a traditional Whitetail rut and a great November!

I certainly don’t want to leave out my southern friends and hunters. However, the southern deer herd doesn’t have to be dependent on a specific date or week in order to ensure fawn survival. Things such as blizzards, deep snow, and buried food sources, don’t regularly occur in the south as they do in the northern Whitetail range. Life or death isn’t nearly as weather dependent as it is in the north. Thus the southern Whitetail rut dates are more sporadic and regionally dated. I highly suggest you contact your Department of Natural Resources and speak with a biologist about the peak breeding dates for your area in the south.

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