St. Louis County ranks second in nation for record-book bucks

The 688-page book, compiled by the venerable Boone and Crockett Club, lists the top counties and states that have made the largest whitetail racks.

Some of the records date from 1830, but most date from 1950 when the club overhauled its scoring system. Dozens of new records have been added over the past 20 years, expanding the book to 688 pages and more than 17,000 individual records.

Wisconsin continues to be the state with the most white papers, with Illinois No. 2, Iowa No. 3, and Minnesota No. 4.

Of course, you don’t have to go far to find large white details. St. Louis County is the second largest producer of record books in the nation with 120 book entries. That follows only Buffalo County in southwest Wisconsin, which has 150 entries.

While St. Louis County’s enormous size is likely part of the reason it has so many entries – it’s more than twice the size of most counties – the county’s dense forests also provide a clue, said Justin Spring, director of Big Game Records for Boone and Crockett Club.

“Nutrition and genetics are always referred to as the big deals for trophy deer, and that’s partly true,” said Spring. “But the places where some deer can age, like St. Louis County, usually produce the most records. Older dollars get bigger, it’s that simple. “

Spring noted that while Buffalo County, Wisconsin, is not as heavily forested as St. Louis County, it has both agriculture and wooded land and steep terrain, which offers both great food and some places to hide and grow old can be.

“The consistent production of trophies over time is evidence that the conservation efforts are working exceptionally well,” said Julie Tripp, director of publications for the Boone and Crockett Club.

Any large rack can count

The Boone and Crockett Club accepts professionally measured antlers obtained through legal means – whether with a rifle, shotgun, muzzle loader, crossbow, bow, truck, or in the woods, even in sheds, the records all count.

The new record book (now available for $ 60) was initially developed not as a boast book for hunters, but rather as a tool to find out where the best habitat for deer is and which areas are best to manage their wildlife.

“The goal is to record where a lot of money comes from, no matter how or where it was taken,” said Spring. “We are just as interested in where these animals came from as we who submitted the record … But if it is legally recorded through fair pursuit, the hunter’s name will be included in the book.”

The book, like the club that publishes it, was developed at a time when North American wildlife populations were rapidly declining due to unregulated harvesting. Despite diseases such as chronic consuming diseases, there is more white detail in the US than ever before.

“If you had told our founder, Theodore Roosevelt, that this book was possible more than 130 years after starting an organization charged with saving wildlife, I doubt he would have believed you,” said Spring. “The successes in the protection of white feathers documented on the pages of this book clearly explain that the North American model of protection of wild animals is unparalleled anywhere in the world.”

Minnesota has a total of 1,194 entries in the book and four counties in the top 20 US counties. Alongside St. Louis, number 2 nationally, Otter Tail County is number 7 with 63 entries and Houston County is number 14 nationally with 54 entries. But Spring noted that Minnesota has large deer in many locations, and notes that the top five are Goats of the state ever taken were from Beltrami, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Aitkin, and Wright counties.

Wisconsin has a total of 1,822 records and six counties in the top 20 US counties with the most records produced. In addition to Buffalo County’s 150 entries, Crawford County ranks 9th in the nation with 58 entries and Trempealeau County ranks 11th with 55 entries. Kenosha, Wood, Columbia and Dodge.

The latest edition of

The latest edition of “Records of North American Whietail Deer” is available through the Boonee and Crockett Club.

In addition to the country-specific records, the highlights of the 6th Edition of Records of North American Whitetail Deer include stories and full-page photos of 21st century whitetail, documenting 37 records made since 2000. Notable new entries since the last issue were printed in 2012 there are five new typical dollars, including William L. Loyds 2018 dollar of Lee County, Arkansas, who scored 200-1 / 8 points and is 17th all-time and 1st in the world State. It also unveils four new non-typical records, notably Luke Brewster’s 337-1 / 8-inch trestle shot in Edgar County, Illinois in 2018. This is the number 3 all-time and the state’s new record-breaking buck.

About the Boone and Crockett Club

The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887 and promotes the management of large game and habitat across North America. The club, which Roosevelt insisted that it should be limited to 100 members at a time, “adheres to the highest standards for fair chase and habitat stewardship.” Members of the group have played a role in the expansion and protection of Yellowstone National Park, as well as the establishment of Glacier and Denali National Parks, and established the US Forest Service, the National Park Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System. s The club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

For more information or to purchase the new 6th edition of the record book, visit For more information on how to officially rate your rack, contact the Minnesota Official Measurers at or at

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