Brett Gibson Buck: 135-Inch Kentucky Buck

brett_gibson_fHunter: Brett Gibson

Location: Kentucky

Gear: PSE Dream Season EVO

Score: 135 5/8 inches


As any deer hunter knows, a chance at the buck of your dreams sometimes involves a great deal of luck. Blow that shot and it typically becomes a story about "the one that got away." But if we amend that last statement slightly into "the big one that got away, once," that changes everything.


Kentucky hunter and news reporter Brett Gibson went through this experience last season on a hunt he'll never forget, when he put an arrow through an impressive 135 5/8 buck not once, but twice in one month.


Gibson had seen the buck he nicknamed "Big One" on his trail camera, but not yet in person when the season started. That changed on September 11 when he spotted the buck standing just inside of the edge of a field he was hunting in a homemade blind. Time was of the essence for Gibson, though, as daylight was quickly fading and the buck threatened to leave the area completely. Eventually Big One got to within 18 yards when Gibson drew back and let his lighted nocked arrow go, watching the arrow on its way to the buck.

He heard the familiar thud of the arrow as the deer bolted in the opposite direction. After about an hour Gibson and his search crew went to look for the deer. Without any luck Gibson returned the following morning but was still unable to find the buck.

He received permission from the landowner of an adjacent property that afternoon to continue the search. When Gibson looked out in the field he was amazed to see his buck standing right out in the open. Apparently Gibson's arrow passed clean through the buck's neck. The buck had not been mortally wounded.


With his confidence shaken, Gibson accepted the thought that he wasn't going to kill the buck and continued to hunt without success or much luck for that matter.

In what was turning out to be the worst season he'd ever experienced, Gibson took a week off from the woods to fix his shot. After noticing a difference in flight pattern for two of his broadheads, Gibson made the adjustments needed to head back to the woods.

On October 10, Gibson hunted in his homemade blind at the same spot as earlier in the season. After losing a game of Candy Crush on his phone he looked up to see the buck he wounded almost exactly a month prior had returned to the same spot as before.


Determined not to make the same mistake again, Gibson adjusted his shot using the previous wound as a reference point and put an arrow right on target. The shot sent the buck through the woods the way he'd come. Moments later Gibson thought he heard the familiar crashing sound and after tracking about 40 yards into the woods Big One was down.

When all was said and done, Gibson had put his 135 5/8 inch dream buck on the ground, and relief set in.

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Any serious whitetail hunter knows that it's not often that we get a second chance on the buck of a lifetime, or even a first chance for that matter. But luck was on the side of Kyle Heuerman and his girlfriend Jennifer Weaver when they put an arrow through this 196-inch Illinois brute.

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Joe Franz

We estimate he was 7 1/2 years old. That's based on photos from 2010, when he clearly wasn't over 3 1/2. When I got him he weighed over 300 pounds on the hoof, as suspected. Official B&C measurer Glen Salow came up with a 'œgreen' gross score of 258 7/8 inches. After the 60-day drying period, he again taped the rack. This time he got a gross non-typical score of 261 3/8, with a net of 230 7/8. The gross score evidently makes this the highest-scoring wild whitetail ever harvested on professional video.

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Jon Massie

Jon's no stranger to free-ranging whitetails across the central plains, having guided a number of clients to trophies and harvesting many big ones himself. In fact, going into 2013 he'd shot two net Boone & Crocketts: one a non-typical scoring over 200, the other a typical from public land. With such success behind him, Jon felt all of his hunting dreams already had come true. At least, he did until a buck he'd never seen showed up on one of his trail cameras.

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Tom Boyer

Knowing I couldn't even come to my knees without breaking the little concealment we had, I decided to lie on my left side, using my left elbow for as solid a rest as could be achieved within the slight incline of the old fencerow. But when I shouldered the rifle, the sight of the crosshairs oriented at a 10-4 o'clock angle was definitely a different look from the normal 12-6 position we all practice from. Even so, I didn't figure that would matter if I aimed at the right spot and squeezed off a clean shot. I settled the crosshairs where I needed to place the bullet and steadied the rifle. Whispering 'œfire in the hole' while floating the crosshairs on the spot, I gently squeezed the trigger until the recoil removed the buck from my view.

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Teddy\'s Buck

With a whopping 40 inches of non-typical growth, he has a gross Boone & Crockett score of 215 3/8. The rack's 21 6/8-inch inside spread certainly helps to show off its unique character. He was just a special deer, and very much a result of patience in both management and hunting.

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Junior's outstanding whitetail is the biggest ever recorded from Monroe County, and he ranks as one of the Bluegrass State's top bucks from the 2013-14 season. This great non-typical also is the latest member of Kentucky's all-time Top 30 list.

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Mikell Fries

At 16 yards, Mikell took aim at the giant and released his arrow. In an instant, the shaft had passed through him. The deer instantly whirled and ran out of sight . . . but then, within seconds the archer heard him crash to the ground. 'œI remained in the stand for several minutes to gather my thoughts and calm down,' Mikell says. 'œI'm sure the entire encounter only took a few minutes, but it seemed an eternity.'

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Bill Robinson

Three double-digit tines of 10 2/8 to 13 5/8 inches, plus 7 1/8- and 9 3/8-inch brows and a 21 3/8-inch inside spread, add plenty to this regal crown. Put everything together and you have a gross 9-point frame score of 193 6/8. That's as big as it sounds.

Typical asymmetry and 11 6/8 inches of abnormal points total 25 1/8 inches of deductions, so as a typical, the deer nets 'œonly' 168 5/8. But the 8×5 rack's total gross score of 205 4/8 is much more reflective of its stunning size. Regardless of score, the Robinson buck is clearly a marvel of nature.

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The action was fast and furious right from the get-go. At daybreak a doe busted through the cedar thicket with an eight-point suitor following close behind. The doe, however, wanted nothing to do with her pursuer and jumped into a nearby pond in an attempt to flee the buck. This, however, wasn't the last of the action. Nick continued to watch several bucks harass does throughout the morning, but chose not to take a shot at them.

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