Just a month after a new state-record non-typical buck was officially scored, a long-lost buck from Monroe County has shattered the Georgia record for typical bucks.
Official Boone & Crockett scorer and Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) biologist Bill Cooper measured the new typical record in late February, and the final tallies are incredible: 16 scorable points that include a typical 5×6 frame with five abnormal "sticker" points.
22 3/8-inch inside spread.
30 1/2-inch main beams.
Four tines more than 11 1/2 inches long.
Smallest circumference – 5 1/8 inches.
A staggering gross score of 210 2/8 points! Even after 18 6/8 inches in deductions the buck broke the Georgia typical record by more than seven inches.
The buck was killed in 1961 in Monroe County near what is now Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area. The hunter who now holds the Georgia typical record is Buck Ashe, who grew up and lived at the time in the Chamblee and Tucker areas of northeast Atlanta. Buck now lives in Oklahoma.
In the late 50s and early 60s, before Buck Ashe moved out of state, the man was well-known as a proficient and ethical outdoorsman. He was among a die-hard group of hunters and anglers that centered around Sportsmans Paradise, a sporting goods store that was located in Tucker off Hwy 29, according to Lamar Banks, one of the Tucker regulars who now lives in Madison.
Lamar saw the mounted head, and he even had the mount for more than a year.
"I took it to Charles Watson at Wildlife Taxidermy in Lawrenceville, and he touched it up," Lamar said.
"Several times they tried to get the rack scored. One time Jack Crockford (then head of the Georgia Game & Fish Commission and the only official B&C scorer at that time) was supposed to meet Buck at Sportsmans Paradise, but either Jack or Buck didn’t show up.
"I remember later hearing that the rack was scored and deductions kept it from getting in the record book. It had some stickers and it was a 5×6, but I said, ‘If that buck doesn’t make the record book, I’d like to see one that does.’ Since then I’ve never seen pictures of a buck that even compares to that buck."
Lamar was right. There never has been a comparable buck killed in Georgia – at least that’s been confirmed and scored.
The Monroe County 16-pointer killed by Buck Ashe way back in 1961 was finally scored after being tracked down by Duncan Dobie, an outdoor writer whose work regularly appears in GON. The trail of Buck Ashe took Duncan from Georgia to New Orleans, and finally to Oklahoma where he located Buck and the huge mount.
The new record knocks off an 11-pointer killed in northwestern Paulding County in 1962 by Floyd Benson of Dallas, Ga. The Benson Buck scored 184 3/8 points and stood as the state-record typical buck since it was officially scored at the very first Buckarama in 1983.