Wow, 2013 just started off with a bang! Hunting the Arizona Strip, hunter Gilbert Adams III just took one of the most impressive mule deer you will ever see. It is amazing that through the struggles mule deer are having in today’s world, you have a chance at witnessing a mule deer that you thought could only happen in the 60’s or 70’s.
Thanks to Tory Brock Guide Service and MossBack Productions Guides and Outfitters for the successful hunt and photo credit. I talked with Chad Woodruff of Chad’s Guide Service, who had the opportunity to help out on the hunt, as he shed some light on just what it was like to witness one of the biggest mule deer we will see in our lifetime. This was a buck that very few knew about, and lived in a remote area that few would think a mule deer would live. Add to the 12 mile hike and the nine hours of waiting out this buck as he bedded under a tree, everything had to come together to make it happen. The buck finally stepped out of the safety of the tree and gave Gilbert the shot he was looking for.
Now to appreciate this buck, you need to really look at the typical frame. No, this is not a 300-inch mule deer. But what this mule deer has for a typical frame is truly elite. This giant mule deer has a green score of 276 gross with an awesome 241 gross, 236 net typical frame. Now for those of you who like to get into the numbers, follow along and we will go off the numbers that have been given so far (and how well they hold):
I kind of have a thing for huge typical frames, and this buck has it….and then some. Just look at the clean left side, the main beam on the right side. Holy cow. Just to be clear, because of the extra abnormal points, this buck will be classified as a non-typical. However, what makes this buck truly giant is the world class typical frame. The right main beam is pushing 30-inches at 29 1/2-inches long. The left is not shabby at all with a length of 26 5/8-inches. Each side on the typical frame scores around 109 inches, not counting for an inside spread. There is no question, however, that this buck is going to lose inches being taken in the velvet and if the velvet indeed is stripped down to hard horned. This would make it eligible for Boone and Crockett. The antlers could loose at least five to six inches or more.
It is just a guess, but this buck could end up with a score around 270 gross and 265 net non-typical B&C with a typical frame of 234 gross and 230 net. We will see what happens….
So why all of the talk about this buck’s typical frame? Two reasons:
230 Typical Frame
There are very few legit mule deer with a typical frame of 230 inches or over. Especially 230 net frame. Many of these deer are big non-typicals and their typical frame score is not known or very hard to research. You need to keep in mind that 230 inches is the B&C minimum for a non-typical score for all-time record book. Getting a typical score that matches that…wow. How does this stack up against the biggest in the world, and what is the biggest typical mule deer out there?
Of course you need to go right to the world record typical mule deer – the Burris Buck. This Colorado buck scores an unbelievable 232 5/8 gross and 226 4/8 net typical B&C. This buck has a small kicker on the one side. Without that this buck would be pushing a 230 net score! Very symmetrical.
However, if we want to bring out the grand daddy of typical framed mule deer, we need to go to the almighty Mundy Buck. This buck is at the top of the elite class in many categories, one of them being the biggest typical frame on record with a score of 246 gross and 237 3/8 net. It’s final score is 288 6/8 net non-typical due to the fact this buck had 51 3/8 inches of non-typical points as well.
Both Books Buck
‘Both Books Buck’ is kind of an unofficial term that very few bucks can claim. It means that the buck, due to the giant typical frame and just the right amount of non-typical points, could score all-time as either a typical or non-typical. It is big enough to net score over 230 non-typical, but also net score over 190 typical even after absorbing all of the deductions of those non-typical points.
The Gilbert Adams Buck could fall into this category. The final score will determine this for sure, but there is a possibility this buck could score in the 260’s as a non-typical and around 195 net as a typical. The tough part is you have a decide which way to enter the big boy in the books. They only accept one score.
Congratulations to Gilbert Adams III for his magnificent 2013 Buck. I sure enjoyed it and just can’t stop looking at these photos.
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