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These are the five biggest whitetail deer kills currently in the Safari Club International record book.

Whitetail deer are one of the most widespread and commonly hunted species of big game anywhere in the world. Also known as Odocoileus virginianus, or the Virginia Deer, whitetail deer are a very resilient and adaptable species and are found all over the Canada, Mexico, and the United States (except for Alaska and Hawaii).

Using the Safari Club International measuring system, the length of the main beam of each antler is measured, along with the length of all typical tines, the circumference of the main beam at the smallest place between each typical tine, and the greatest inside spread of the main beams. Only tines greater than one inch long and longer than they are wide are measured. All of the measurements are added together for the final score of the deer. Though only typical deer are on this particular list, white-tailed deer may be scored as typical or non-typical. When scoring as a non-typical, all non-typical tines are measured in addition to the typical tines.

Unlike the Boone and Crockett Club, SCI does not deduct the score for non-typical points (on a typical deer) or differences in symmetry. Additionally, SCI does not measure the tip to tip spread or the greatest outside spread of a deer. For these reasons, the SCI score is often significantly different from the B&C score for the same animal.

All of the deer on this list were 100% free range; they weren’t farm raised deer killed on a high fence hunt. Additionally, it just so happens that all five deer were taken on self-guided hunts. That just goes to show you that it’s not necessary to spend a ton of money in hopes of shooting a world record deer.

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#5 Jimmy Spataro

biggest white tailed deer kills #5

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When: November 2010
Where: Waukesha, Wisconsin
Method: Crossbow
Points: 15 (8×7)
Main Beams: 23 6/8″ & 22″
Greatest Inside Spread: 16”
213 1/8″ overall
Taken by Mr. Jimmy Spataro and scoring 213 1/8″ overall, this deer represents Wisconsin, the whitetail capitol of the United States, very well. Not only is this deer #5 overall, but it is the largest typical whitetail deer ever taken with a crossbow. Though he lacked a tremendous spread, this deer had 15 scoreable points along with some very solid main beams to make up for it.

#4 Wayne Zaft

biggest white tailed deer kills #4

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When: October 2001
Where: Parkland, Alberta
Method: Archery
Points: 11 (5×6)
Main Beams: 26 6/8” & 27 6/8”
Greatest Inside Spread: 20 4/8”
220 3/8″ overall
This buck, taken by Mr. Wayne Zaft is the largest typical deer taken in Canada. One of two deer taken with archery equipment in the top 5, this deer had some extremely long tines. His shortest tine was R T-1, which was 9” long. All of the others measured between 10″ and 14 6/8″ long. Though he only had 11 points, his exceptionally long tines were enough to get him into the top 5.

#3 Sam Collora

biggest white tailed deer kills #3

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When: October 1996
Where: Iowa
Method: Archery
Points: 16 (7×9)
Main Beams: 26 4/8” & 27 5/8”
Greatest Inside Spread: 20 6/8”
222 1/8″ overall
Iowa has a well deserved reputation for producing some monster whitetail deer, like this one, taken by Mr. Sam Collora. Not only is it #3 overall in the SCI record book, but this is also the largest typical whitetail ever taken with this archery equipment. This 16 point brute sports a very solid all around rack that is measures a staggering 222 1/8″.

#2 Johnny King

biggest white tailed deer kills #2

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When: November 2006
Where: Grant County, Wisconsin
Method: Rifle
Points: 12 (6×6)
Main Beams: 29 1/8″ & 29 5/8″
Greatest Inside Spread: 21 2/8”
226 6/8″ overall
This buck, taken by Mr. Johnny King, is not only #2 overall in the SCI record book, but is also the largest from Wisconsin. Not only did this old, gnarly buck have very long main beams, but his main beams were also exceptionally thick, with an 8″ circumference at C-3.

#1 Brian Damery

biggest white tailed deer kills #1

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When: November 1993
Where: Macon County, Illinois
Method: Rifle
Points: 12 (6×6)
Main Beams: 32 3/8″ & 31 6/8″
Greatest Inside Spread: 28”
227 1/8″ overall
This buck taken by Mr. Brian Damery has had the honor of holding the #1 spot in the SCI record book for over two decades. Though the buck taken by Johnny King in 2006 came within 1 5/8″ of unseating him, no other buck has come within 5″ before or since. This buck has it all: long main beams, a wide inside spread, and extremely long tines, which sets him apart from all other entries in the record book. With that nice of a rack, this buck might hold the #1 spot for another two decades.

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