If you want to know the largest bow-killed non-typical buck in say, Bayfield County, Wisconsin, you’ll find it in the “Wisconsin Trophy Record Book, Volume 9, 1840-2008.” That covers a lot of bucks.
This book, published by the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club, is almost 2 inches thick, and it’s an exhaustive ranking of the state’s biggest bucks and bears, by county. The book lists trophy deer and bears by method of kill, type of antlers (typical or non-typical), and where the animal ranks among others of its kind statewide.
The latest edition also includes the story of the so-called “Field & Stream” buck taken by Bob Decker, in his words, as well as other stories of trophy animals.
Oh, if you’re curious, the largest bow-killed non-typical buck taken in Bayfield County, according to the book, was taken by Jan Bitzer of Washburn in 1986. It scored 179 5/8 and was a 17-pointer. It ranks 106th statewide among all non-typical bow kills and 279th statewide among all non-typical gun and bow kills.
The book is available from the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club for $29.95, plus $3.95 shipping. Send orders to Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club, 3051 110th Avenue, Glenwood City, WI 54013. Credit card orders may be made at (877) 273-6408 or online at www.wi-buck-bear.org.