The trade-off being the deer population in the Northwoods is lower. I went through and counted and there were some very concerning numbers to me. During most years up to 25 percent of the bucks taken in the Jackman Moose River region weigh over 200 lbs. Thanks very much. You have to wonder what possible record bucks may be walking around out there. West Enfield, Follow along step-by-step on a snow-tracking hunt of a lifetime . Bernier said it is not the biggest deer he has ever shot, but it is the deer with the biggest rack. “Out of the top of my scope I saw a white rack and a deer coming across the frosty bog,” said the Northport 15-year-old, who was hunting with 45-year-old Jerome Bucklin, also of Northport. The two biggest bucks shot last fall in New York State were taken by a young woman, 17, from the Rochester area and an 80-year-old Central New York man. That would be a shade over 300 on the hoof, and that is a very, very big deer. Read it from cover to cover. Bishops consistently have weighed in deer that have taken places of honor in the State Record Books! As groups of hunters find their way to their traditional hunting camps, talk of big deer abounds. To add to his dilemma, the sheer weight of his buck after six days of hanging collapsed the barn roof. My expectation is to be hunting the giant buck that eluded us last fall. “He called and said he was pretty sad about not coming,” Bernier said. Back in 1966, a young potato farmer downed one of the most famous bucks ever shot in northern Maine. If you wait for the “perfect shot” or refuse to shoot at a running deer, you may as well lighten your load and leave your ammo home. Trophy hunting as we view it today had no bearing on the Hinckley mindset. Illinois Roadkill Buck. For more hunting stories, be sure to subscribe to our deer hunting magazine, The Northwoods Sporting Journal. Rodney and Taylor get a good buck up close, Casey tracks a big one, a couple good bulls, and Coco Puff is here! Unfortunately, and not without much difficulty, it took Horace over a year to have his buck validated as the heaviest ever recorded in the state. A 15-year-old from East Millinocket died Wednesday of an accidental gunshot wound, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland. The area is located on the western side of Fletcher Mountain. Don't know what it was about his column but I couldn't wait to read it every month. Not finding his son at the vehicle, they drove to his brother Ralph’s house a short distance away. Fortunately for him, he completely missed. Within hours word had spread that a hunter had killed an incredible buck. No sooner had that thought passed when the buck of any hunter’s dream was sneaking directly towards Horace. It weighed 175 pounds after being field dressed. John Annett. A climate chart for your city, indicating the monthly high temperatures and rainfall. Record Facts 1. (Many times placing in Maine's top 10 largest bucks for the season.). Keith Szableswki, a 29-year law enforcement professional from Johnson City, Ill., shot what might be the largest ever recorded buck in the U.S. Illinois Department of Natural Resources By 9 a.m. they had each taken a stand a few yards apart, in what appeared to be a great spot. The events surrounding the taking of this enormous animal are Horace’s own words, excerpted from the August 1969 issue of Outdoor Life. The buck's unusually wide rack measured a whopping 33 inches and could rank third for the largest nontypical spread ever recorded in Maine. ", "So disappointed that Mr. Hanrahan is leaving the journal. The deer field dressed 431 pounds on government-certified scales. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries. Hunters bought 109,000 licenses. How to Find the Trophy Bucks: Deer Hunting from Stands. Why Maine Whitetail Deer Are So BIG! The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2019 is 13,921 – the second highest harvest on record, 629 fewer than the 2018 record. The driver was the foreman of a local logging operation who offered to take them to the end of a remote, almost undriveable road where he had seen lots of fresh sign two days prior. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images) Moose are the state’s most sought big-game animal. To access past copies of the Northwoods Sporting Journal in digital format at no charge, click here. Deer are pictured at the Domaine des Grottes de Han in Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium, on October 3, 2019. The day before Halloween 2018, Michigan native Corey Memering walked into the woods near his home, hoping to encounter a deer he and other hunters knew lurked nearby, but almost none had seen with their own eyes. "That's what I said when I saw it. You won’t be needing it. Climate in Maine. Not so long ago, deer numbers in northern Maine were at a crisis point. One such buck in Maine’s rich deer-hunting history met and surpassed even the wildest dreams of a 59-year-old hunter back in 1955. Vacations were out of the question, especially to go deer hunting. Hunter Garrett Albert of Fort Kent shot his moose in the Allagash area of Wildlife Management District 1 on opening day Monday at around 7 a.m. As astounding a morning as it was, there would be much more excitement to come before darkness fell on this day. The buck was measured on the Boone & Crockett scale as 312 3 ⁄ 8 inches. In fact, the massive deer still is the highest-scoring typical in … The famed deer hunting has seen better days, but ... of old volumes of Maine history, fishing, hunting, and aviation titles. There is a … We often hear about some incredible deer when they get harvested by a hunter. For perspective on how tough it is to shoot a Booner buck in the Garden State, there are 2,480 bucks in the books bigger than … No sooner had that thought passed when the buck of any hunter’s dream was sneaking directly towards Horace. Deer hunting: Young woman, 17, CNY man, 80, shot biggest bucks in state last fall Updated Oct 24, 2019; Posted Oct 24, 2019 Delaney Emerson, of … “An increasing deer herd in southern and central Maine, and favorable hunting conditions contributed to the best deer hunting season in ten years,” said Nathan Bieber, MDIFW Deer Biologist. Atlantic Salmon: 28 lbs. (Photo: Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of The Crush TV) From what we can gather, the heaviest whitetail ever shot was killed by a bow-hunter, John Annett of Ontario, in 1977. I … He undoubtedly will rival the state record in regards to weight. The red deer is the fourth-largest deer species in the world and various subspecies are known as Corsican red deer and Caspian red deer. The 2020 numbers are estimates based on the number of deer reported as being registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent complete data from all registration stations. Though Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state in the country, it is a state where quality deer can be found anywhere. These pockets can be spaced out by miles, bucks that aren’t with does are frantically moving from pocket to pocket looking for a hot doe. not being uncommon. It takes a lot to get them there. I love your publication. Subscribe to Maine's premier hunting, fishing & outdoor magazine. For 5 minutes every month, he eased my mind took me into the Maine Wood. According to IF&W, Maine bear hunters have an average 25 percent success rate. I, for one, know that a buck of that caliber not only exists, but I am also in hopes of dethroning the reigning king with the taking of him. When Isaac Grindle's buck hit the leaves in Knox County, Maine, last month, he expected to walk up on an eight-pointer. Horace R. Hinckley did what no other hunter has been able to match since, by shooting the heaviest whitetail buck on record within the state of Maine. Average temperatures and precipitation amounts for more than 62 cities in Maine. Deer hunters in Maine harvested 28,323 deer in 2019, a decrease of 12.7% from 2018 when 32,451 deer were taken. The Berniers’ goal is to catch up to this behemoth and end his career by the only fitting way we know – a projectile fired from a Bernier-held rifle. The anticipation of meeting up with the buck of your dreams fuels the desire as you encroach upon his domain. “And I saw two bucks that day.”. It’s an unbelievably beautiful environment and the quiet is God-like. 6 Best Deer Rifles for Hunting The Big Woods. Instead, the 21-year-old discovered a bruiser with one of the largest spreads ever seen in the state. Once the two men had finished getting the six pointer and Olive’s big buck out, they jubilantly spotted Philip making his way toward them. “We’re gonna mount the horns and we’re gonna eat the deer,” Bernier said. Days off for a lumber worker came only on holidays and during inclement weather. “I killed him at five paces,” he said, from a portable stand about 25 feet high in a tree. Due to the length of hanging time and the amount of trimming Horace had to perform since shooting his now famous deer, it was determined that shrinkage could easily have diminished the weight of the buck. “Since we do such a lot of hunting as a family, I wanted to put the family name in there, and he was a bruiser.”. A buck that has reached this age class will be more likely to weigh 200+ pounds compared to younger bucks. It's antlers had a 19-inch spread. This deer tipped the scales at nearly 300 pounds on the hoof. There were two inches of heavy wet stuff coating everything. The heaviest deer that’s ever been shot on our place. Something within (a gut feeling most successful hunters have learned to trust) told him there was more action to come. Horace, his wife Olive, their son Philip and his wife Madeline traveled 60 miles from their Augusta home to hunt Northwest Bingham. Tara Schaefer shot this 10-point buck while out hunting in Ionia, N.Y. in Ontario County. Still, the bear hunt remains popular and is an important time for guiding and lodge businesses in northern Maine. The family has some pretty logical plans for the 20-pointer. "That's what I said when I saw … "Your February article on Tom Hennessy was bittersweet. A patch club for Vermont hunters who bag a buck that dresses out at a minimum of 200 pounds. This is a very large deer. Nice dark rack.–Ty . The 27-year-old farmer and avid deer hunter from Gallatin, Tennessee, shot the deer with a muzzleloader in November. In fact, Hinckley’s buck places second in all of North America, only to a Minnesota buck shot in 1926 by Carl Lenandor. Way to go man, Maine is a great place to hunt but a tough place to kill a 180-inch buck. Hunting. The story should end here once Horace’s mammoth buck was laboriously hauled out, but it doesn’t. The hunt started as many Maine northwoods deer hunts often do—a long drive, a light rain falling on the roof of the camp which turns to snow overnight. Hams said he believes the biggest deer he’s ever checked in his state weighed in about 250 pounds field dressed. This year’s buck harvest of 20,093 was an increase of 9.6% from 2018. The harvest topped the 2017-18 deer kill of 367,159 by about 10 percent. I was pretty excited,” he said. Contact Information. Its message is correct and very clear to those of us who hunt, have grown up with guns in our homes, know our laws, and “respect” our heritage. ME The Hinckleys hunted when they could, and because of expected rain on the first Saturday of deer season, they jumped at the opportunity to hunt. It only required one shot from his .30-06 to put this monster down for the count. Deer hunting is by no means easy, and requires a good deal of patience, along with the ability to cover great distances or maintain a stand. Keith Szableswki, from Johnson County, Illinois, shot what might have been the largest buck ever in the U.S. this season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Maine sits at the northern edge of the whitetail’s range and has a long history of producing big-bodied deer, many with a dressed weight over 200 pounds. To you who think a buck of Hinckley’s status is a thing of the past, and a record that may never be broken, I need only to remind you of Mark Maguire and his 70 homeruns. Approaching the kill site with Ralph to help in the dragging chores, a six pointer was jumped and taken by Horace’s brother with one quick shot. Its hostile features greatly contributed to its distinguished reputation, but to some men it was legendary for another reason: It was sanctuary to some of the biggest whitetail bucks in the world. FORT KENT, Maine — The 2019 Maine Moose Hunt is underway and hunters are wasting no time bagging bulls in Aroostook County. Maine State record book holder at 222 lbs. Alaska requires hunters to report all big game harvests. MassWildlife biologists estimate that there are over 100,000 deer statewide. That combined with the genetic tendency for bucks to be larger in the north puts the odds in your favor (Age + Big Deer Genetics = Big Maine Buck). In our decades of hunting Maine’s woods, our hunters and guides have seen some incredible deer, including some of the largest bucks in state. Bernier dropped the buck with a 30-06 on Jackson Mountain in Allagash. Must have looked awful small when he walked up to it. I have also enjoyed the mountain/knife edge trail twice when I was in my late 40s - early 50s. The deer weighed in at 200 pounds with a mighty 20-point rack with a 31-inch spread. Glenn Townsend says it's the Lord who blessed him with the biggest buck in New Hampshire bow hunting history. ", Website Content Copyright © 2021 Northwoods Sporting Journal, P.O. Deer permits increased in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. His passing leaves a void in many of our lives, both personal and professional. dressed-out weight The Allagash Wilderness provides record book bucks, with 250#. Gage Hale was a freshman at Schenck High School. Maine Deer: The state estimated about 300,000 deer in spring 2020, up from about 275,000 deer in 2019, and up from an estimated 240,000 deer in mid-2017 and 2018. It broke the 50-year record held by the #2 … One such buck in Maine’s rich deer-hunting history met and surpassed even the wildest dreams of a 59-year-old hunter back in 1955. The Northwoods Sporting Journal is the largest hunting and fishing magazine in the Northeast. Deer-harvest statistics for 2018/2019, as of March, show 84,000 deer, of which 49,000 were bucks. Twenty minutes after taking his position, Horace heard a twig snap, spotted a buck and fired. Several measurements were then taken which included: neck girth – 28 inches, body girth behind forelegs – 47 inches, greatest girth – 56 inches, and a total length from antler tip to rear hoof of 9 1/2 feet. 12 talking about this. Once the client who canceled his Saturday hunting trip got word of the Bernier Bruiser, he was naturally disappointed. Bernier dropped the buck with a 30-06 on Jackson Mountain in Allagash. The news of a new record buck spreads like crazy. AUGUSTA, Maine – Deer hunters in Maine harvested 27,233 deer in 2017, the highest total in the last ten years and an increase of 15% from 2016. Philip made the shot count, and thus gave the Hinckley family five bucks in the space of one hunting morning. This deer tipped the scales at nearly 300 pounds on the hoof. This is the heaviest whitetail deer ever killed. Physical Address: 284 State Street Augusta, ME 04333-0041. “I was finally the lucky one to get him,” Bernier said. Day 1 of our 2018 Deer Hunting Adventures! Bernier, and his wife Julie Bernier, both Maine registered guides, opened Allagash Adventures in 2018. March 4, 2019. Though Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state in the country, it is a state where quality deer can be found anywhere. Box 195, Posted by Buck Manager October 30, 2019 July 31, 2020 Leave a comment on Big Bucks Shot in 2019 Big Bucks Lurking in 2019 Opening weekend of the Texas 2019-20 General “Gun” Season is just days away and it’s time to get pumped about white-tailed deer hunting . This puts Northern Outdoors hunting lodge in prime position for hunting Maine’s biggest whitetail deer! The hunt started as many Maine northwoods deer hunts often do—a long drive, a light rain falling on the roof of the camp which turns to snow overnight. 04493. ... dressed-weight deer in Maine can wear this patch. Biggest Non-typical Whitetail Ever Killed By A Hunter. 453 likes. He recently tagged one of the largest non-typical whitetails of the 2019 season — perhaps the biggest. Reindeer is a large species of deer native to mountainous regions of North America and Europe. At the end of this two track, the Hinckleys made their way up through a winter beech valley encompassed on both sides by rising mountainous terrain. Thanks for doing such an outstanding article about Tom, and what he was all about, and his influence. The rut was in full gear that day. They hunted deer out of enjoyment and to lay up sweet tasting venison for the coming winter. Green score on the rack is 188 inches and the deer weighed 213 lbs. dressed-out weight One of these bucks is another Maine State record book holder at 222 lbs. 2) only 15 deer in the top 10(there are always ties pushing this # higher) 3)only 307 bucks topped 200 these next two really concern me 4)only 2 of the top 15 were non res. The deer field dressed 431 pounds on … Instead of easing the burden, Ralph only added to it with the third Hinckley buck. MASTC began in 1978 by brothers Dick and Jean Arsenault and a group of hunters and conservationists with the goal of honoring and recording the biggest game in the state of Maine. By now, the events thus far would have been more excitement than any hunting family could have expected in several lifetimes, but there was more good news. It was said, not jokingly, that in some Aroostook County townships the lynx, a … They need three things to achieve record status: age, nutrition and genetics (in that order); and they need a lot of each. For unexplainable reasons even to Horace, he never moved or made a sound. Horace R. Hinckley did what no other hunter has been able to match since, by shooting the heaviest whitetail buck on record within the state of Maine. maine deer hunting 2019, ... in the country. Turkey-harvest statistics for 2018/2019, as of March, show 1,300 birds, of which 120 were jakes. About 225,000 in 2016 and 211,000 deer in 2015. The population has been supported by mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The buck's unusually wide rack measured a whopping 33 inches and could rank third for the largest nontypical spread ever recorded in Maine. Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2020 season is listed below with comparisons to final kill totals for the previous 8 years. Brigida was on her great uncle Gaspare's farm in Worcester NY in Otsego County. Due to the lack of fresh deer sign, they stopped to ponder their next move. The season began with a weeklong Sept. 23-28 bulls-only hunt throughout 11 wildlife management districts in the state. Within five minutes his wife’s rifle echoed, only to be followed by her excited voice yelling for Horace to come see her nice buck. Brigida Sarcona, 15, shot this 6-point buck on the second day of the 2019 Youth Hunting weekend on Oct. 13. It is our experience that stand hunting is, by far, the most successful way for the average hunter to shoot a trophy buck. So again, it isn’t just about big deer. Red Deer. Alaska. 1)Largest buck this year was 265. Little did Horace know as he struck off that morning that he was about to embark on a whitetail record that would stand for forty-three years. (Photo: Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of The Crush TV) From what we can gather, the heaviest whitetail ever shot was killed by a bow-hunter, John Annett of Ontario, in 1977. It was three days before a scale large enough to handle a buck of this proportion could be found. Because of the constant influx of inquisitive viewers, Horace was unable to butcher his buck. When Isaac Grindle's buck hit the leaves in Knox County, Maine, last month, he expected to walk up on an eight-pointer. The biggest deer that has ever been shot in Nebraska was a 17 point buck. Our client hunted this deer for 11 days. There are very few areas in the world that contain more 200 pound-plus bucks per square mile than the North Woods of Maine. But I think we can all agree that, when a 260-inch deer steps within range, it gets shot at. 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