Think your deer might be a world record? Find out why this archer’s record still stands today.
Only three bucks have surpassed his achievement in size; however, Johnson’s buck is the largest harvested with a bow… a Howett recurve bow.
In the fall of 1965, Johnson took his buck from a makeshift ground blind on the outskirts of Peoria, Illinois. After seeing the out-of-range buck on several occasions from his treestands, Johnson chose a different strategy and constructed the ground blind near the edge of a bean field.
It worked. With the wind in his favor, the buck presented Johnson with an opportunity and the archer made a well-placed shot, piercing both lungs.
After retrieving the blood-soaked fiberglass arrow, Johnson found the buck just beyond a rise in the bean field.
Johnson’s 13-point buck ultimately scored 204 4/8 inches but has other, equally impressive numbers.
The beautifully symmetric rack has an inside spread of more than 23 inches and a basal circumference of, at least, six inches on both sides. Field dressed, the deer weighed 270 pounds and was estimated to weigh 340 pounds when the arrow found its mark.
The Pope and Young Club recognizes Johnson’s achievement as the largest buck ever harvested by an archer, a record that’s stood for nearly 50 years.
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