March 23, 2022
By Gordon Whittington
Dustin Huff's immense typical whitetail, taken by crossbow in Decatur County, Indiana, on Nov. 4, 2021, will be accepted into the Boone & Crockett Club's Big Game Records at a net entry score of 211 4/8.
Although that score has yet to be verified by an official B&C judges panel, for now it ranks the deer exclusively featured on North America Whitetail's Spring 2022 cover as No. 2 in the world. The official world record is Milo Hanson's 213 5/8-inch Saskatchewan rifle kill from 1993. Currently in second place is James Jordan's 206 1/8-inch Wisconsin rifle kill from 1914. Thus, Huff's Indiana giant stands to be recognized as the top-scoring typical ever documented from the United States.
The entry score was confirmed on March 23 by Justin Spring, B&C's Director of Big Game Records. Spring, along with the rack's owner, Keith Snider, was on hand as official measurer Dave Wellman explained each measurement he had made in arriving at the 211 4/8 score back in January.
Because the mandatory 60-day drying period for the rack had not ended as of Dec. 31, 2021, the deer is not eligible for panel measuring until 2025, following B&C's 32nd Big Game Awards Period (for entries received in 2022-4). However, Spring has confirmed to NAW that the deer will be invited to panel in 2025.
Between now and then, many world-class whitetails and top trophies of other species will be panel measured at the upcoming 31st Big Game Awards in Springfield, Missouri. Following panel confirmation of their final B&C scores, these animals will be on display May 1-July 23 at Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.
"All folks who are interested in attending the event are welcome," Spring notes. "More information is available at www.biggameawards.com Registration info will be posted there as well, when that becomes available."