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BUCK WITH CRAZY CLUB ANTLER IS NEW #4 WORLD-RECORD NONTYPICAL

By Sara Gilane



Another nontypical whitetail made it to the top of the Boone and Crockett Club world record book. Brian Butcher harvested this Kansas deer on a property he’d been hunting for 13 years. In April 2019, Butcher captured the buck on a trail camera. That fall, Butcher was hunting in a treestand on the edge of a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) field and released an arrow when the buck was standing 25 yards away. He scored 321-3/8 B&C points and is the biggest whitetail on record in Kansas and the fourth largest nontypical in the world.


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Photo courtesy of Boone and Crockett Club.



Eight other typical and nontypical whitetails were recently added to the record books, including the No. 3 nontypical, the Brewster Buck. This deer is said to be the biggest free-ranging buck ever killed by a hunter (animals killed by cars, etc. can also be entered in the Boone and Crockett records). Boone & Crockett records have been around for almost 200 years, yet more than 20% of the biggest bucks ever recorded were submitted in the last seven years. 

The Club’s newly published Records of North American Big Game, 15th Edition, contains submissions accepted from 2017 through 2021, including over 4,500 new entries across 38 categories of North American big game. Along with detailed, tabular trophy listings including harvest locations (down to county level), it features hundreds of field photos, score sheets and insightful chapters. It’s available in paperback, a hardback collector’s set with slipcase, and a deluxe limited edition.

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Good Eaters And Big Walleye


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On the south end...   A good week of walleye fishing with some big fish caught along with good eaters.  All of that despite some fronts that came through and lots of wind.  Being in a charter boat a few days this week was an advantage for sure. 

Wherever you fish, there are days the wind will blow.  Here are some good options for anglers when the wind blows on LOW.

-Fish on a big charter boat
-Fish the 42 miles of navigable Rainy River
-Bays such as Four Mile, Bostic and Zippel Bay
-Slide behind one of the thousands of islands that being up at the NW Angle
-Trailer your boat to a leeward boat ramp and fish that shoreline

A jig and frozen emerald shiner was the go to presentation for walleyes.  Most boats are anchored up and vertically jigging.  Some are starting to use spinners and minnows or crawlers with success.  This pattern will pick up steam as the walleyes are starting to transition with warming waters.

Walleyes have been caught this week in various depths.  As a rule, 21 - 32 feet of water was still the range.  Again, various areas across the lake are holding fish.   Various rock reefs have been good.  Fish are transitioning to mud as the season progresses.

On the Rainy River...  The river is flowing strong right now as water is being released from the dam which controls its flow.  With the heavier current, fish are being found in areas with a current break.  Even a slight break that still has current is a fish attractor when the water is moving.

Jigging with a minnow, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits along shoreline breaks against the current in 6 - 12' of water is producing a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, smallmouth bass and an occasional crappie.

Casting to shoreline structure and even docks is also an effective method.

For those who like fishing for dinosaurs, the sturgeon season opens July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle...  A great week of fishing amongst the island area of Lake of the Woods.  Guides fishing the Canada side of LOW reported big numbers of walleyes along with a mixed bag.

Minnesota waters also produced good fish.  Many of the walleyes are being found in deeper than normal water for this time of year, in that 22 - 28 feet.  As hatches begin and shiners begin to spawn, there will be some shallow water opportunities as well.

The goto presentation continues to be a jig and minnow.  Pulling spinners with shiners or crawlers and trolling crankbaits also putting walleyes in the fry pan. 

As is common in these parts, a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch, crappies, pike and smallmouth bass being caught.

Muskie anglers, the season opens on both sides of the lake Saturday, June 15th.  A glorious day for those who target the almighty predators!

Lodging, fishing packages, small boat guide trips, charter trips and summer trips are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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