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The Tale of the Largest Whitetail Ever Harvested in Missouri

The Whitetail Deer, or Virginia Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), is a renowned game species, celebrated for the exceptional trophies they provide. These creatures are a well-recognized symbol of the American wilderness, and hunters across the nation have aimed to harvest the most impressive specimens.

Perhaps none have been quite as notable as the colossal Whitetail harvested in Missouri in the winter of 2022. The state, already popular among deer hunters, skyrocketed into national fame when a local hunter named Bob Thompson managed to tag what was recorded as the largest Whitetail ever killed in Missouri.

The Whitetail’s Record-Breaking Measurements

The incredible specimen boasted an awe-inspiring gross score of 257 3/8 inches by Boone and Crockett Club’s scoring system. After the mandatory 60-day drying period, the net score was confirmed at 254 1/8 non-typical, making it the largest Whitetail ever harvested in Missouri.

Thompson’s whitetail was a 6.5-year-old buck, which displayed a truly monumental 38-point rack. The deer’s overall weight was an impressive 240 pounds field-dressed, standing testament to the quality of the local habitat and nutrition available in the region.

The Hunt and the Harvest

Thompson’s pursuit of the deer unfolded over a couple of years, with the hunter catching glimpses and signs of the enormous Whitetail throughout that time. The unforgettable day of the harvest was on a crisp, clear November morning. Thompson’s patience and perseverance ultimately paid off when the remarkable deer stepped into a clearing, presenting the perfect shot.

The hunter, an experienced marksman, aimed and fired his .270 Winchester, connecting with a clean, ethical shot. The deer didn’t run far before it fell, securing its place in hunting history.

Missouri’s Deer Management and Hunting Opportunities

Missouri’s Conservation Department has implemented effective deer management strategies for decades, focusing on maintaining a healthy, sustainable population. This successful management, combined with the state’s diverse habitat and nutrition, has allowed deer to flourish, creating excellent hunting opportunities.

Missouri’s hunting regulations, with both firearms and archery seasons, allow for sustainable hunting practices. They are designed to balance the deer population, provide hunting opportunities, and minimize conflicts with landowners and motorists. A “four-point” rule, requiring bucks to have at least four points on one side, has also contributed to an increase in the age structure of bucks, leading to more mature and larger deer, like the one Thompson harvested.

Thompson’s incredible achievement has inevitably stirred up the hunting community, attracting hunters from across the nation, eager to partake in Missouri’s exceptional deer hunting opportunities.

Preserving a Piece of Hunting History

Thompson’s historic deer is a testament not only to the hunter’s skill but also to the success of the state’s management efforts in creating a healthy, balanced deer population. It represents the culmination of patience, strategy, and respect for the wildlife.

Following the harvest, the antlers were mounted, and they now stand as a piece of hunting history, a symbol of Missouri’s thriving Whitetail deer population and a source of aspiration for hunters around the world.

Thompson’s record-breaking harvest will be remembered in the annals of hunting history. It stands as a testament to the majestic wildlife found in Missouri’s varied landscapes, marking an unforgettable moment in the world of deer hunting. The tale of this incredible Whitetail and the hunter who respectfully pursued it continues to inspire and captivate audiences far and wide.

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Jake Lawrence

Jake Lawrence Missouri & Arkansas Realtor® | Auctioneer Jake Lawrence Jake Lawrence was born and raised in Couch, Missouri. He grew up on the family farm that was established by his family almost 70 years ago. He has always enjoyed raising beef cattle and hunting on the farm. Jake feels blessed to share a farming legacy with his two children Mya and Jarrett. Jake has years of banking experience and enjoyed his experience being a community banker. Since getting into real estate, Jake has excelled to the number one, full-time real estate agent in Oregon County in sales in 2019! As far as auctions are concerned, that’s been running through his blood for some time now. Jake was present with his father and mother, Jeff and Sandy Lawrence when they started their own auction business 20 years ago; Jeff Lawrence Auctioneer, LLC. From that day forward, Jake was hooked on the auction business. With his love for being a Reatlor, auctions and supporting the communities in which he lives and works, Jake feels that a partnership with Kevin and LaShanda Grooms, owners of United Country, Cozort Realty, Inc., is a great opportunity. Jake loves the fact that Kevin and LaShanda also share the same community values that he does. Jake continues to look forward to listing, selling, and auctioning local properties in order to serve the communities and the county that he truly cherishes. “There is no better place to live than in the Ozarks, Missouri or Arkansas” Jake would say, as he is grateful for the opportunity to serve his county and the surrounding area, one property at a time.

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