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Rumor has it that a kid in Morgantown shot a 220 incher last weekend. I believe that qualifies as the new record. Has anyone else heard about this yet? I have heard it from three different people, one being my taxidermist. There also may be some controversy surrounding this deer.
 

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i heard about this deer. i also heard that they was keeping it quiet holding out for $$$$$$ from a big story and sponsers. you know a buck like that would keep you from ever working a 40 hr a week job again.
 

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Here's a picture of the possible record holder.

 

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It scores 2" bigger than the Rompola buck shot in 1998. That is one cool looking buck. I hope the best for the hunter and I hope the powers that be don't treat him like they treated Mitch.

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DocB said:
There also may be some controversy surrounding this deer.
Isnt there always? I have read that this deer was checked in 2 days after being killed and the guy in the pic is who checked the deer in. He says his son shot the deer and didnt have time to check it in. The sons license supposedly was bought after firearms season had started and the deer was reportedly shot less then 24 hours after the license was bought. The guy in the pic was said to have taken a buck in early archery this year. Cant wait to see how this ends up.
 

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I once had a chance to shoot a buck like this in Southern Indiana two years ago, but I had already taken a buck in early archery season. Party hunting is illegal in Indiana. It would be a shame to lose the rack to IDNR, be fined $500, and make other responsible Indiana hunters look bad. Otherwise, you could pull it off and have someone elses name and picture associatted with your buck in all the write ups and record books. What a drag either way. Best not to squeeze that trigger and just feel lucky you got to see a world class whitetail buck (most people never get to, especially in Indiana).
 

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I'm kind of wondering about this possible record. I do live in Martinsville and i would think a story like this would be worthy of mention in the local newspaper.

Yet the local newspaper has not even mentioned it. That in itself makes me wonder if this buck was actually taken in Indiana. And why drive all the way to Greenwood to check it in from Morgantown ?
I did e-mail the Sportsman's Shop in Greenwood about this with no response.
I suppose it could be, but kind of makes me wonder if it was taken legally and if it indeed was taken in Indiana !
 

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It was definitely killed in Indiana, there is enough evidence of that. The person that harvested the buck is not talking to anyone. It looks like a lot of damage control is going on. The guy is probably just trying to keep his rack from being confiscated by IDNR right now. The Outdoorsman surely wants to forget about the whole thing and not be associated with it. Who knows where the rack is....
 

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I went to the Outdoorsman on Wed. I talked to one of the employees and here is what he would tell me about the deer in question.

1. The deer was taken in Indiana and was taken near Morgantown 1.5 north of ( I had heard Martinsville too, but the employee said Morgantown.).
2. The deer field dressed at 225LBS.
3. It measured 221 green by two of there local/regular Taxidermists (when I questioned him about their qualifications he stated they were very knowlegdable and trustworthy).
4. He would not give any info on the rummors, just that there are a lot of envious people out there.
5.It was taken with a shotgun.

So as of right now that was the info I was given from the Outdoorsman. The employee also said that there have been 8-10 200+ greenmeasured deer this season, numbers are down, but quality is up.

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That's pretty much the standard info they are giving everybody. I believe the deer was killed specifically in the SR252+Conservation Club Rd. area. You would think that the guy would try to keep that info secret (of course he may not have been the one to let that info out). Still damage control time, of course that started when he pulled the trigger.
 

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Im just trying to figure out two very basic questions here. Number one would be why in the world is "The Outdoorsman" telling anyone anything about this deer in question if it really is supposed to be the big secret that the guy killed it is wanting it to be???? Not only are they willing to comment on just about everything about the deer,(except if it was legal or not) but they are also handing out pictures to everyone and their brother and telling people they have no problem if they post the pics all over the net. Doesnt make any sense to me.

The second question would be how could the person who supposedly shot this deer not find the time to check it in? The deer was checked in 48 hours later by the way. It would seem to me that just about anyone who shot a deer this size would take a day off work, skip class, do whatever they had to do to get this deer checked in. If the rumors are true about this deer, just simply having the kid check the deer in would have lessened some of the controversy for this guy.
 

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The two answers to that are simple, The outdoorsman wants the pub. free all over the net and the guy is wearing their hat hmmmmm. That is an easy one.

The other question is easy to, the kid checks it in, if the guy in the pict is the shooter he gets ZERO pub for himself, now this may all be legit, but there is enough stuff around to not have a reasonable doubt.

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I understand the publicity for the shop and all things associated with that. I just find it somewhat amusing that this deer is supposed to be a "big secret" and the guy will not talk, but yet all you have to do is show up at "the outdoorsman" and get yourself a picture and just about any kind of info on this deer you would want. It leads me to believe it isnt the big secret its been laid out be, and as one other poster already mentioned, its more of a damage control thing. If this were a legit world record kill, i dont think you would be getting the pics and information so easily. Im sure the shooter would have seen to that.

As for checking the deer in, i still cannot understand why he just wouldnt have let the kid do it. I would have cared less if my kids name and picture was associated with the deer. It would sure beat getting caught, and having your pic plastered all over the net with a poached animal. If the story floating around is true he is going to get his pub alright.
 

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It would have been much better for Indiana and the world class buck if this guy would have taken the time to make it look legal, instead (allegedly) he didn't even try to cover it up affectively. Who said poachers have much sense anyway. Southern Indiana's reputation will take another hit over this one. When will we ever get out of the dark ages...... Don't think I'll be shopping the Outdoorsman anymore, that's for sure. When they got the info on the check in time, etc. they should have never taken a picture of this buck. I think it's all about checking in monster bucks and putting the pix up so they can be associated with the harvest, legal or not. Wrong! Most of the hunters they cater to are very well-to-do and pay good money to hunt the places where they get some of the giant bucks you see on the wall in there.
 

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HickoryNut said:
The big buck that was checked in at The Outdoorsman...well, I dont have any info on that but I will comment on the store "The Outdoorsman" in Greenwood Indiana.
This place is a big joke, they are overpriced on nearly everything! I have had to go there when other places were out of something I needed. For instance, I needed something for my Thompson Center Encore and Dicks sporting goods was out, this item was $13.00 at Dicks and $15 dollars in other places. The Outdoorsman had it priced at nearly $25.00. This is the situation for nearly everything they own. The staff at The Outdoorsman is kinda split with me also, they have a wonderful gun man that knows his guns and is friendly to everyone. He is knowlegable and probably the best asset to the entire store. The bow guy is a real schmuck, if you arent shooting the latest Hoyt bow, you might as well not stop and ask any questions because this guy will look at your bow like its junk. This place thrives on the ignorance of inner city hunters, they dont shop around and The Outdoorsman has pulled the wool over their eyes. If I ever hit the lottery I will open a store right next door to The Outdoorsman and treat hunters and fisherman like they should be treated. My advice for anyone that shops this price gouging, arrogant place.....SHOP AROUND, you will be surprised the money you save and good service that surrounds you.
Hickorynut, without giving you the grief you deserve here I'll just say a few simple things about the Outdoorsman. They are a family run business who srtives to meet the needs of their loyal customer base every day... They promote hunting in every way all season long by holding hunter education classes, seminars from industry known hunters and manufactures, meetings with local conservation officials and they keep a clean well stocked store.

Their big buck contest is one of the best I've entered and they get many people from all over the central Indiana area to enter it. If they do not have what you are looking for they will order it for you as well. Their staff is well trained and has always helped me and my hunting buddies at what ever we needed.

So, if you don't have 200 store buying power or sell imported junk from china you are price gouging? Is the local hardware store gouging if they cannot compete with Lowes or Home Depot? Is the family resterant in the same light if they are $1.00 more on a burger than a chain? If you cannot find the part you need and you need it today then I guess the store that has it is the best place for you to shop... In closing, its hard enough to find family owned businesses willing to compete against corporate compitition and try to meet the needs of the knowledgeable hunter without having thier reputation soiled here without an oportunity to defend themselves. I'd continue this but I'd begin to lower my standards to an unacceptible level.

Pat Allen

P.s...Stop in and see the friendly knowledgeable staff at the Outdoorsman in Greenwood, Indiana....Tell them Indianahunter (Pat Allen) sent ya....
 
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