Brewster Buck Gets Even Bigger: 327 7/8 Inches!

Brewster Buck Gets Even Bigger: 327 7/8 Inches!

At a panel-confirmed 327 7/8 net inches of score, the monster Illinois non-typical Luke Brewster shot with his compound bow last fall is now officially the world’s biggest buck in the long history of free-range whitetail hunting. He’s not only a new archery record by a whopping 33 7/8 inches over Mike Beatty’s former title holder from Ohio, he’s the planet’s top wild buck ever taken with any weapon.

The Illinois giant’s score was verified Friday by the Pope & Young Club and already has been accepted by the Boone & Crockett Club, whose copyrighted scoring system P&Y uses by permission. On Jan. 5 Luke’s trophy had been officially measured by Tim Walmsley at 320 5/8 net, but the P&Y panel found another 7 2/8 inches of length in the rack’s massive array of abnormal points.

Luke’s buck now will rank No. 3 all time in B&C, whose records include trophies taken not just by hunting but also found dead. The only two wild whitetails scoring higher are the so-called “Hole in the Horn” buck, which scores 328 2/8 net, and the world-record “Missouri Monarch,” which tops the list at 333 7/8 net. The former deer was found dead in Portage County, Ohio, in 1940, while the latter was found dead just north of St. Louis in 1981.

Luke Brewster with record buck

Officially, the world’s previous No. 1 non-typical taken by a hunter was the 312 0/8-inch Tennessee buck shot by muzzle-loader hunter Stephen Tucker in 2016. That huge deer remains the world’s best-ever firearms whitetail and ranks No. 4 overall in B&C’s record book. The previous P&Y non-typical record, Mike Beatty’s 294 0/8-incher from Ohio, was arrowed in 2000.


Illinois already could boast of one archery world record, with the late Mel Johnson’s 204 4/8-inch typical from 1965 still wear-ing the crown in that category. Acceptance of the Brewster buck’s score of 327 7/8 makes Illinois the only state to have held the No. 1 spots in each category simultaneously.


Illinois also is now the only state or province to have produced two wild whitetails officially netting in excess of 300 inches. The Jerry Bryant non-typical, shot with a crossbow in 2001, was the state’s previous overall No. 1 whitetail. That massive trophy remains the world record by crossbow.

Luke downed his new P&Y record last Nov. 2 in Edgar County, Illinois, which lies on the state’s eastern border with Indiana. The mighty deer was known primarily through trail camera photos, the last of which was taken only hours before Luke got his shot at the beast. An exclusive cover story in the Spring issue of North American Whitetail — now available on newsstands everywhere — details the exciting timeline of this historic bowhunt and contains a number of on-the-scene photos.

NAW Spring 2019 cover

The Brewster buck’s antlers are scheduled to be on public display at P&Y’s 31st biennial convention in Omaha, Nebraska, April 10-13. Check back with us regularly for updates on the convention and further details on the Illinois buck’s final antler measurements as they become available.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Alternative Season Whitetail Hunt

Alternative Season Whitetail Hunt

Mike Clerkin is hunting the alternative weapon whitetail season in Missouri with his S&W revolver.

Fundamentals of the Bow Selection

Fundamentals of the Bow Selection

On this edition of "On Target," Pat Hogan highlights the importance of applying the fundamentals of the draw cycle when it comes to the bow you select.

Gordon

Gordon's First NAW Hunt

This segment features Gordon Whittington's very first on camera hunt for North American Whitetail.

September Black Hills Whitetail Hunt

September Black Hills Whitetail Hunt

Gordon Whittington is hunting Eastern Wyoming with his crossbow where he encounters a fast moving situation.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

To hear many serious trophy bowhunters tell it, Kentucky must be a figment of someone's fertile United States

Best Spots for Bowhunting Kentucky Trophy Bucks

Gordon Whittington - July 21, 2016

To hear many serious trophy bowhunters tell it, Kentucky must be a figment of someone's...

Understanding what deer eat and how they adjust their diets to meet changing nutritional requirements will not only increase your chances of harvesting a good buck, but also your enjoyment of whitetail hunting. Land Management

What Do Deer Eat?

Dr. James C. Kroll

Understanding what deer eat and how they adjust their diets to meet changing nutritional...

Improve the nutritional benefits that your land offers local deer. Land Management

No Matter the Season, Deer Orchard Work Brings Big Benefits to Whitetails

Lynn Burkhead - June 27, 2019

Improve the nutritional benefits that your land offers local deer.

Good location is just part of the equation. Scouting

The Best Summer Trail Camera Strategy

Tony J. Peterson

Good location is just part of the equation.

See More Trending Articles

More Trophy Bucks

When things are going well, don't question it — just keep playing. Trophy Bucks

2 Illinois Trophy Whitetails in 18 Hours

Ron Willmore

When things are going well, don't question it — just keep playing.

As the 2019 season approaches, we revisit the record-setting Brewster Buck in a four-part series. Trophy Bucks

Reliving the Impossible: The Brewster Buck Story

Lynn Burkhead

As the 2019 season approaches, we revisit the record-setting Brewster Buck in a four-part...

The Brewster buck has been confirmed as a new bowhunting world record and the largest deer ever taken by a hunter anywhere in North America! Trophy Bucks

Brewster Buck Gets Even Bigger: 327 7/8 Inches!

Gordon Whittington - March 07, 2019

The Brewster buck has been confirmed as a new bowhunting world record and the largest deer...

In the second of our four-part series, we look back at the story of Mufasa's yearly growth. Trophy Bucks

Brewster Buck Revisit: Discovering Mufasa

Lynn Burkhead

In the second of our four-part series, we look back at the story of Mufasa's yearly growth.

See More Trophy Bucks

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.