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The Hanson's Buck is a trophy white-tailed deer shot by grain and cattle farmer Milo Hanson on his farm near the town of Biggar, Saskatchewan setting world record's for the largest antlers. The buck taken by Hanson in 1993 set the Pope and Young world record and currently resides as the top entry in the Boone and Crockett record book. The buck has been immortalized as a big thing of Saskatchewan at the entrance to Biggar in a twice as large as life size statue. Hanson's Buck had a 213 and 5/8 inch (1542.3 cm) 14 pointer spread across the length and width of the antlers points. Hanson brought down his buck with a .308 Winchester Model 88 lever action rifle shooting several rounds at it while out in the bush. Amazingly one of the shots hit the deer's rack between the G1 and G2 tines, however the antler rack remained intact and did not break apart to set records. The previous world record, the James Jordan buck shot with a .25/20 Winchester on November 20, 1914 was sent to the history books. The Jordan buck had been mounted and the 10 point frame recorded at 206 and 1/8 inches fell short of Hanson's buck at 213 and 5/8 inches.
Lifesize model of the Hanson Buck at the Junction of Highway 14 and Main Street Biggar, Saskatchewan
"Shooting this buck gave me a feeling I will probably never experience again, even though I had no idea it would be declared the new Boone and Crockett Club World's Record in Dallas, Texas, at the 22nd Big Game Awards Program. I had never seen a bigger buck. The buck left me shaking" said Milo Hanson.
According to David Yanciw, the sign mounted alongside the magnificent roadside statue made of rods, steel mesh, and fibreglass reads, "Home of the Hanson Buck, World Record White Tail Deer, scoring 213 5/8, taken Nov. 23, 1993 by Milo Hanson, sponsored Biggar Wildlife Federation"
A Member of Parliament, Elwin Hermanson representing the Reform party, put forward the unsuccessful proposition to have the Hanson Buck, represented on the toonie when it was placed into use in 1995. The white tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus was proclaimed the Saskatchewan provincial animal in 2001, but appeared in Saskatchewan emblems in 1986. In the provincial Coat of Arms, the white tailed buck bears a collar made of First Nation beadwork bearing the Western Red Lily as a badge upon it. The buck majestically supports the shield of arms on the right hand side of the Saskatchewan Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms was brought into force during Saskatchewan's Heritage Year in 1985 and officially proclaimed September 16, 1986 by Governor General Jeanne Sauve.
Officially the record books set Hanson's buck as having a matching right and left main beam length at 28 and 4/8 inch with an inside spread of 27 and 2/8 inches. The greatest spread was 20 inches and the number of points on the right eight and upon the left side was six points. The circumference at the smallest place between burr and first point was 5 inches on the left, and 4 and 6/8 inches on the right.Hanson's Buck had a 213 and 5/8 inch (1542.3 cm) 14 pointer typical spread across the length and width of the antlers points.
There have been several attempts to break Milo Hanon's World Record Typical trophy. The buck brought down in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin November 5, 2009 by bow hunter Michael Gregoire allegedly fell short with its nontypical rack according to Jack Reneau at Boone and Crockett's Trophy Watch.
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