On Friday, Nov. 18, Judd Schramm, of Columbus, killed a giant 17-point buck while hunting in Webster County that could top 190 total inches of antler.
“I had pictures of him many times and had a bunch of him on my trail camera on Monday (Nov. 14). I had already taken off work for the end of the week because I knew he’d be there for rut,” said Judd.
Judd decided to give it a shot and go hunting Thursday hoping the bruiser would be there. To Judd’s disappointment, the buck never showed up. Judd got up and went hunting the next day still holding out hope.
“Friday morning I got out there and sat until 9:30 or 10, and I had just about given up,” said Judd. “I was sitting there kind of playing on my phone when I heard something over my right shoulder. I knew it wasn’t a squirrel, but I couldn’t ever see anything.”
After hearing the sound and looking over his shoulder multiple times, Judd was suspicious. After a while, the buck popped out of the pines over his right shoulder. He was only about 40 yards away at this point.
“I had to get turned around because I wasn’t facing that way, and by the time I got the scope on him, he was probably 50 or so yards from me before I could get a shot on him,” said Judd.
Judd shot, and the buck ran only about 40 or 50 yards and dropped.
Judd’s giant buck is a main-frame 12-pointer with two abnormal points on its right beam and three abnormals on the left side. Judd said he’s not exactly sure what the buck will score or if it’ll score better as a typical or a non-typical. A local taxidermist put a tape on the buck and came up with more than 190 total inches.
“I went to go get the rack yesterday, and it just seems like every time I look at it, it just gets bigger and bigger,” said Judd.
According to GON’s County-by-County Big-Buck Rankings, the current No. 1 buck for Webster County scores 157 3/8 typical inches. Once the 60-day drying period is up, Judd can have his buck scored by an official Boone & Crockett scorer.
If you have a gun-killed buck that you have killed at least 60 days ago, a list of Georgia measurers is located at www.boone-crockett.org. For those who have bow-killed deer, Pope & Young scorers can be found at www.pope-young.org.
After you have your deer scored, GON will need a copy of the score sheet in order for it to go into the County-by-County Big Buck Rankings or any other list it qualifies for. There are three ways you can get GON the copy of your score sheet: 1) e-mail a photo of your score sheet to email@example.com; 2) Fax it to (706) 342-2022 or 3) mail a copy to GON Big Buck Rankings, 4331 Seven Islands Road, Madison, GA 30650.