Glenn Cummings, Kentucky

When opening morning of the 1997 gun season in Webster County, Kentucky, produced sightings of only three does, Dixon's Glenn Cummings began to wonder if he was experiencing another fruitless fall in search of a trophy whitetail. But at 3:45 p.m., the hunter's luck took a decided turn for the better.

Glancing over his left shoulder to scan the cut corn field behind his stand, Glenn spotted this gigantic 14-pointer trotting his way across the opening. At 150 yards the hunter squeezed the trigger of his .30/06 and hit the deer solidly; however, he kept running. At 75 yards Glenn hit the buck again, knocking him to the ground briefly before he resumed heading for the nearby woods. Finally, the monster stopped in Glenn's last open shooting lane, and the hunt ended with a final bullet . . . but not until after the buck had reared up on his hind legs and run several yards before dropping.

Glenn thought about staying put and trying to fill his doe tag, but finally curiosity got the better of him; he had to go check out his buck. When he got to the animal, he realized he's shot a whitetail even bigger than those in his dreams. The inside spread of 21 7/8 inches, beams of 26 inches and tines in excess of 11 inches added up to a gross B&C score of 188 3/8 and a net of 173 7/8 typical.

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