Field and Stream
When it comes to 200-plus-inch whitetails, the record book proves that the good old days are now
There’s never been a better time to take a 200-inch whitetail. Here’s proof.
IF YOU’VE NEVER EVEN DREAMED of killing a 200-inch whitetail buck, now would be a good time to start. With freakishly huge deer seemingly falling left and right these days, we decided to delve into the Boone and Crockett Club recordbook database to get the big picture. The chart below shows a roughly 800 percent increase in the number of 200-plus-inch whitetails recorded since the end of the 19th century. Beginning in the 1990s, the numbers skyrocket. But the 21st century is in a class of its own: In just the last two decades, more 200-plus-inch whitetails have been entered (1,700) than in all the years prior, combined (1,565). The whopper entries during the last decade took a slight dip. But those bucks are still trickling in, and the world record for the highest-scoring hunter-killed whitetail was shattered, twice, in the last three seasons. So, go ahead and dream.