But even he was stunned at the antler dimensions of a Giles Island Buck killed Thursday (Dec. 20)by client Joshua Bruce of Alexandria, La.
?I measured him at 242 6/8 inches gross,? said Riley. Say what?
Yep, 242 6/8 inches, he repeated.
One more time?
242 and 6/8, Riley said, laughing this time. Granted, thats not a professional score. It is a gross green score done by me with an official scorer giving me help over the phone. He had a picture and was helping me.
Im sure when an official scorer gets his hands on it, the score will be different, maybe higher and maybe lower. I got 242 6/8 inches gross, and its my opinion that when the net score is figured it may lose 17 or 18 inches, but Im betting it will go 225 net, non-typical.
That would put Bruces 20-point buck in the top 3 of Mississippis all-time list of non-typicals taken by hunters, behind Tony Fultons massive 295 6/8 inch deer (1994, Winston County, gun) and Tracy Lairds 236 ⅛-incher (2003, Adams County, archery). Richard Herring sits third at 225 inches (1988, Lowndes County, gun).
Theres a pick-up in the mix. Don Rogers found a 30-point in Winston County in 1987 that scored 251 6/8 inches.
If the gross of 242 6/8 inches holds up, it would rank behind only Fulton (311 4/8 inches gross Rogers find grossed 264 inches).
It is one heck of a deer, and it was the No. 1 buck on the Giles Island hit list, Riley said. At least thats what we were hoping. Theres a long story behind the buck, and we werent sure just how good it would be this year.
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