Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not Enough Rack: Sheboygan Monster Buck Comes up Short

According to the Sheboygan Press article, the monster buck shot by Michael Gregoire on November 5th, 2009, fell well short of the mark.  Below is the rest of the Sheboygan Press news release.

Monster buck shot by Michael Gregoire near Sheboygan Falls comes up short of world-record Milo Hanson Buck

The much-talked-about buck Michael Gregoire shot with a bow and arrow on Nov. 5 on his brother's farm in Sheboygan Falls was judged non-typical and given a score of 175 3/8 inches at a measuring Thursday night in Fond du Lac.

Mark Miller, an official measurer for the national Pope and Young Club and for the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club, and another unnamed volunteer scored the Sheboygan Falls man's whitetail, which fell well short of the state record. The mandatory 60-day drying period, during which most antlers shrink, had expired this week.

Image from Sheboygan
Michael Gregoire of Sheboygan Falls poses with the buck
he shot Thursday November 5, 2009.
Photo courtesy Michael Gregoire

"Especially on these extraordinarily large deer, we have a system in place to make sure everything is exact on them," Miller said. "Sometimes there are really unique configurations of antlers, in which case you have to look at the manual. Ninety-nine percent of the deer are straightforward and take about an hour to measure."

Miller, of Fond du Lac, is the same judge who spent three hours this fall measuring the Wayne Schumacher Buck, the state's largest non-typical shot with bow and arrow at 243 6/8 inches.

"It's not in the same class as the Schumacher Buck, by any stretch," Steve Ashley, head of the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club, said of the Gregoire Buck. "Any experienced measurer can look at the pictures and know that."

Gregoire's 12-point buck on Nov. 5 taped out at 217 5/8 inches, a gross measurement of the rack done by an official green scorer. If judged typical, and with minimum deductions, that measurement would have topped the world-record, Milo Hanson Buck, which measured 213 5/8 and was taken with a rifle in Saskatchewan in 1993, according to Boone and Crockett

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Author: Brian Gaynor