September 24, 2012
The long awaited date with destiny for the King buck has come and gone, but the controversy of the "what if legend" will continue to surround this special deer. Boone and Crockett ruled today that the King buck would not be crowned the new world record typical buck like so many had expected.
After reconvening for a second look at the King buck, B&C scored the rack as 180 typical points or 217 5/8 non-typical points, depending on classification. The final decision will be left up to Johnny King as to how he wants the great buck remembered.
The official ruling on the King buck states that the questionable G-3's are in fact non-typical points and therefore the rack will be measured with considerable deductions, thus not able to claim the top spot in the record book. This is what so many have wanted, an official ruling by B&C that will stand for prosperity, but is this the correct outcome? Does this ruling do nothing more than take away some of the King buck's regal status by giving it such a low score? No longer will antler aficionados discuss the possible outcome or how wonderful it will be for the world record to be from south of the border again.
If only those beautiful G-3s had grown just a fraction of an inch wider apart. If they had, today would be a day of celebration for Johnny King and the entire whitetail world. Instead, the Milo Hansen buck of Saskatchewan will remain the reigning world record holder.
There will be many debates about such a controversial rack, and discussions as to why it took B&C so long to call this special measuring session in order to rule on the King buck. At the end of the day B&C has final say over how a buck will be remembered in the annals of history, and once again the King buck is likely to be known as the "what if legend" from Wisconsin.
What do you think about this final ruling?