FORT KENT, Maine — The 2019 Maine Moose Hunt is underway and hunters are wasting no time bagging bulls in Aroostook County. The red deer is the fourth-largest deer species in the world and various subspecies are known as Corsican red deer and Caspian red deer. Once the client who canceled his Saturday hunting trip got word of the Bernier Bruiser, he was naturally disappointed. There were two inches of heavy wet stuff coating everything. During most years up to 25 percent of the bucks taken in the Jackman Moose River region weigh over 200 lbs. I, for one, know that a buck of that caliber not only exists, but I am also in hopes of dethroning the reigning king with the taking of him. Maine Deer: The state estimated about 300,000 deer in spring 2020, up from about 275,000 deer in 2019, and up from an estimated 240,000 deer in mid-2017 and 2018. Tara Schaefer shot this 10-point buck while out hunting in Ionia, N.Y. in Ontario County. Climate in Maine. Keith Szableswki, a 29-year law enforcement professional from Johnson City, Ill., shot what might be the largest ever recorded buck in the U.S. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Thanks for doing such an outstanding article about Tom, and what he was all about, and his influence. Northern Maine: Nov. 20 – Dec. 1; Because deer in the northern areas of Maine are found in pockets, I haven’t found the same effects of the lockdown phase as I have in the south. Tennessee native Stephen Tucker set a new record in 2016 with a 47-point trophy whitetail. Day 1 of our 2018 Deer Hunting Adventures! "Your February article on Tom Hennessy was bittersweet. Instead, the 21-year-old discovered a bruiser with one of the largest spreads ever seen in the state. One such buck in Maine’s rich deer-hunting history met and surpassed even the wildest dreams of a 59-year-old hunter back in 1955. Little did Horace know as he struck off that morning that he was about to embark on a whitetail record that would stand for forty-three years. The family has some pretty logical plans for the 20-pointer. Deer-harvest statistics for 2018/2019, as of March, show 84,000 deer, of which 49,000 were bucks. The deer field dressed 431 pounds on government-certified scales. The buck's unusually wide rack measured a whopping 33 inches and could rank third for the largest nontypical spread ever recorded in Maine. Keith Szableswki, from Johnson County, Illinois, shot what might have been the largest buck ever in the U.S. this season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In fact, the massive deer still is the highest-scoring typical in … Wendell Wentworth, 65, of Washington, Maine shows off the 263-pound, 15-point deer he shot on Oct. 28. Credit: Courtesy of Wendell Wentworth September 6, 2019. Northern Maine has some of the most extraordinary trophy whitetail deer hunting in the United States. This deer tipped the scales at nearly 300 pounds on the hoof. It takes a lot to get them there. 2) only 15 deer in the top 10(there are always ties pushing this # higher) 3)only 307 bucks topped 200 these next two really concern me 4)only 2 of the top 15 were non res. The anticipation of meeting up with the buck of your dreams fuels the desire as you encroach upon his domain. I … ALLAGASH, Maine — When a client called off his Saturday morning hunt with Wayne Bernier of Allagash Adventures Guide Service due to cold weather, Bernier decided to make the most of the last day of rifle season and head out in search of a buck of his own. “I didn’t know how big [the deer’s rack] was until I actually saw him, and then I had a few French swears in there. Hams said he believes the biggest deer he’s ever checked in his state weighed in about 250 pounds field dressed. Maine has a lot of bogs, all right, but virtually none so sprawling and overwhelming as to deserve its own name. The events surrounding the taking of this enormous animal are Horace’s own words, excerpted from the August 1969 issue of Outdoor Life. Every deer hunter has different goals and standards in terms of the bucks they choose to shoot. The area is located on the western side of Fletcher Mountain. We often hear about some incredible deer when they get harvested by a hunter. Mailing … West Enfield, Bernier said his family had been wanting to shoot the buck for years after seeing him on game cameras. For unexplainable reasons even to Horace, he never moved or made a sound. The hunt started as many Maine northwoods deer hunts often do—a long drive, a light rain falling on the roof of the camp which turns to snow overnight. The Milo Hansen buck, the James Jordan buck, and now the new Stephen Tucker world record buck have and will consume hunters' minds and stories for decades. The new Maine Sportsman has the big buck list for last year. Red Deer. A cloud of doubt now hung because of the unsuspecting discrepancy to the original weight. They hunted deer out of enjoyment and to lay up sweet tasting venison for the coming winter. For more hunting stories, be sure to subscribe to our deer hunting magazine, The Northwoods Sporting Journal. It was three days before a scale large enough to handle a buck of this proportion could be found. “Out of the top of my scope I saw a white rack and a deer coming across the frosty bog,” said the Northport 15-year-old, who was hunting with 45-year-old Jerome Bucklin, also of Northport. Way to go man, Maine is a great place to hunt but a tough place to kill a 180-inch buck. Hunting. In our decades of hunting Maine’s woods, our hunters and guides have seen some incredible deer, including some of the largest bucks in state. My expectation is to be hunting the giant buck that eluded us last fall. It broke the 50-year record held by the #2 … The heaviest deer that’s ever been shot on our place. Not so long ago, deer numbers in northern Maine were at a crisis point. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The Berniers’ goal is to catch up to this behemoth and end his career by the only fitting way we know – a projectile fired from a Bernier-held rifle. A patch club for Vermont hunters who bag a buck that dresses out at a minimum of 200 pounds. Deer hunting is by no means easy, and requires a good deal of patience, along with the ability to cover great distances or maintain a stand. ME They need three things to achieve record status: age, nutrition and genetics (in that order); and they need a lot of each. It is our experience that stand hunting is, by far, the most successful way for the average hunter to shoot a trophy buck. The two biggest bucks shot last fall in New York State were taken by a young woman, 17, from the Rochester area and an 80-year-old Central New York man. By now, the events thus far would have been more excitement than any hunting family could have expected in several lifetimes, but there was more good news. Areas of the Northeast are some of the most densely populated in the country, and the hunting pressure is often intense. Deer permits increased in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Alaska requires hunters to report all big game harvests. Unfortunately, and not without much difficulty, it took Horace over a year to have his buck validated as the heaviest ever recorded in the state. Its hostile features greatly contributed to its distinguished reputation, but to some men it was legendary for another reason: It was sanctuary to some of the biggest whitetail bucks in the world. You won’t be needing it. Thanks very much. But nonetheless, there are some mega-giants lurking in the Northeast, as this record list proves. The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2019 is 13,921 – the second highest harvest on record, 629 fewer than the 2018 record. There are very few areas in the world that contain more 200 pound-plus bucks per square mile than the North Woods of Maine. Something within (a gut feeling most successful hunters have learned to trust) told him there was more action to come. Hunters bought 109,000 licenses. Due to the lack of fresh deer sign, they stopped to ponder their next move. Bernier said it is not the biggest deer he has ever shot, but it is the deer with the biggest rack. These pockets can be spaced out by miles, bucks that aren’t with does are frantically moving from pocket to pocket looking for a hot doe. Illinois Roadkill Buck. Red Deer is the largest deer species inhabits most of the Europen countries and western Asia. Maine sits at the northern edge of the whitetail’s range and has a long history of producing big-bodied deer, many with a dressed weight over 200 pounds. Box 195, Fortunately for him, he completely missed. Days off for a lumber worker came only on holidays and during inclement weather. To you who think a buck of Hinckley’s status is a thing of the past, and a record that may never be broken, I need only to remind you of Mark Maguire and his 70 homeruns. Freshwater Fish Records. When Isaac Grindle's buck hit the leaves in Knox County, Maine, last month, he expected to walk up on an eight-pointer. Bernier said it is not the biggest deer he has ever shot, but it is the deer with the biggest rack. Gage Hale was a freshman at Schenck High School. How to Find the Trophy Bucks: Deer Hunting from Stands. By Brendan Moore. That would be a shade over 300 on the hoof, and that is a very, very big deer. Why Maine Whitetail Deer Are So BIG! Maine Deer: The state estimated about 300,000 deer in spring 2020, up from about 275,000 deer in 2019, and up from an estimated 240,000 deer in mid-2017 and 2018. Back in 1966, a young potato farmer downed one of the most famous bucks ever shot in northern Maine. It was said, not jokingly, that in some Aroostook County townships the lynx, a … And what happened next will provide Mainers with plenty of hunting camp fodder for years to come. Something within (a gut feeling most successful hunters have learned to trust) told him there was more action to come. The buck was measured on the Boone & Crockett scale as 312 3 ⁄ 8 inches. MassWildlife biologists estimate that there are over 100,000 deer statewide. Every time. MassWildlife biologists estimate that there are over 100,000 deer statewide. Bernier, and his wife Julie Bernier, both Maine registered guides, opened Allagash Adventures in 2018. 1)Largest buck this year was 265. Review the recent white-tailed deer harvest data before heading out to hunt. This deer tipped the scales at nearly 300 pounds on the hoof. It’s important to note that record bucks are rare — even under perfect conditions. Though Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state in the country, it is a state where quality deer can be found anywhere. I went through and counted and there were some very concerning numbers to me. Philip made the shot count, and thus gave the Hinckley family five bucks in the space of one hunting morning. To access past copies of the Northwoods Sporting Journal in digital format at no charge, click here. Hunter Garrett Albert of Fort Kent shot his moose in the Allagash area of Wildlife Management District 1 on opening day Monday at around 7 a.m. You have to wonder what possible record bucks may be walking around out there. One such buck in Maine’s rich deer-hunting history met and surpassed even the wildest dreams of a 59-year-old hunter back in 1955. “I killed him at five paces,” he said, from a portable stand about 25 feet high in a tree. Its message is correct and very clear to those of us who hunt, have grown up with guns in our homes, know our laws, and “respect” our heritage. I love your publication. The trade-off being the deer population in the Northwoods is lower. Glenn Townsend says it's the Lord who blessed him with the biggest buck in New Hampshire bow hunting history. “And I saw two bucks that day.”. "That's what I said when I saw it. It’s an unbelievably beautiful environment and the quiet is God-like. Once this great buck was hoisted up in front of several witnesses, including state sealer of weights, Forrest Brown, the giant deer pulled the scales to a whopping 355 pounds. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images) Twenty minutes after taking his position, Horace heard a twig snap, spotted a buck and fired. Instead of easing the burden, Ralph only added to it with the third Hinckley buck. Reindeer is a large species of deer native to mountainous regions of North America and Europe. But I think we can all agree that, when a 260-inch deer steps within range, it gets shot at. “We’re gonna mount the horns and we’re gonna eat the deer,” Bernier said. 1 oz., Howard Clifford, Portland, ME, 10/9/80, location undisclosed NOTICE: Under current law, sea-run Atlantic Salmon are considered federally-endangered, and no fishing is permitted for this species. Each fall, the annual gathering of the red coats brings on a renewed enthusiasm and expectation. Posted by Buck Manager October 30, 2019 July 31, 2020 Leave a comment on Big Bucks Shot in 2019 Big Bucks Lurking in 2019 Opening weekend of the Texas 2019-20 General “Gun” Season is just days away and it’s time to get pumped about white-tailed deer hunting . Because of the constant influx of inquisitive viewers, Horace was unable to butcher his buck. The news of a new record buck spreads like crazy. The deer struggled to its feet, but Whitey's second shot was true, hitting the deer in the neck and putting him down to stay. The Thousand Acre Bog was a legend. Don't know what it was about his column but I couldn't wait to read it every month. It's antlers had a 19-inch spread. ... dressed-weight deer in Maine can wear this patch. To add to his dilemma, the sheer weight of his buck after six days of hanging collapsed the barn roof. Moose are the state’s most sought big-game animal. It weighed 175 pounds after being field dressed. Instead, the 21-year-old discovered a bruiser with one of the largest spreads ever seen in the state. “An increasing deer herd in southern and central Maine, and favorable hunting conditions contributed to the best deer hunting season in ten years,” said Nathan Bieber, MDIFW Deer Biologist. Maine State record book holder at 222 lbs. About 225,000 in 2016 and 211,000 deer in 2015. Must have looked awful small when he walked up to it. Turkey-harvest statistics for 2018/2019, as of March, show 1,300 birds, of which 120 were jakes. He undoubtedly will rival the state record in regards to weight. For 5 minutes every month, he eased my mind took me into the Maine Wood. The harvest topped the 2017-18 deer kill of 367,159 by about 10 percent. That compares to 76 percent success rate for last year’s moose hunt, a 30 percent success rate for turkeys and about 15 percent success rate for deer. Bernier dropped the buck with a 30-06 on Jackson Mountain in Allagash. These data show the county results. [This woman earned bragging rights in her family after bagging a 15-point buck]. 04493. According to IF&W, Maine bear hunters have an average 25 percent success rate. Alaska. Philip’s wife had shot a spike horn, and during the dragging process to get her buck out, a big 200-pound plus ten pointer materialized. I have created this page as a place for people to post pictures of deer. In fact, Hinckley’s buck places second in all of North America, only to a Minnesota buck shot in 1926 by Carl Lenandor. Review the recent white-tailed deer harvest data before heading out to hunt. Deer permits increased in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. As groups of hunters find their way to their traditional hunting camps, talk of big deer abounds. This is a very large deer. Several measurements were then taken which included: neck girth – 28 inches, body girth behind forelegs – 47 inches, greatest girth – 56 inches, and a total length from antler tip to rear hoof of 9 1/2 feet. But … Rodney and Taylor get a good buck up close, Casey tracks a big one, a couple good bulls, and Coco Puff is here! About 225,000 in 2016 and 211,000 deer in 2015. 453 likes. Nice dark rack.–Ty . Apparently, Jacob Darbyshire agrees. maine deer hunting 2019, ... in the country. 6 Best Deer Rifles for Hunting The Big Woods. The Northwoods Sporting Journal is the largest hunting and fishing magazine in the Northeast. Deer hunting: Young woman, 17, CNY man, 80, shot biggest bucks in state last fall Updated Oct 24, 2019; Posted Oct 24, 2019 Delaney Emerson, of … Back in 1980, we realized that we were taking many more large bucks than anyone else, and our success was equaling that of Maine’s “good old days”. ... for a shot. [7-year-old girl bags 11-point buck that weighs 210 pounds]. A 15-year-old from East Millinocket died Wednesday of an accidental gunshot wound, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland. Go ahead and post your pictures even if they are not from Maine. March 4, 2019. Within hours word had spread that a hunter had killed an incredible buck. If you wait for the “perfect shot” or refuse to shoot at a running deer, you may as well lighten your load and leave your ammo home. That combined with the genetic tendency for bucks to be larger in the north puts the odds in your favor (Age + Big Deer Genetics = Big Maine Buck). I have also enjoyed the mountain/knife edge trail twice when I was in my late 40s - early 50s. “He called and said he was pretty sad about not coming,” Bernier said. No sooner had that thought passed when the buck of any hunter’s dream was sneaking directly towards Horace. ", Website Content Copyright © 2021 Northwoods Sporting Journal, P.O. The agency calculated that 374,690 deer were killed from September 15, 2018, through January 26, 2019. His passing leaves a void in many of our lives, both personal and professional. Green score on the rack is 188 inches and the deer weighed 213 lbs. Brigida Sarcona, 15, shot this 6-point buck on the second day of the 2019 Youth Hunting weekend on Oct. 13. I was pretty excited,” he said. dressed-out weight One of these bucks is another Maine State record book holder at 222 lbs. Biggest Non-typical Whitetail Ever Killed By A Hunter. Approaching the kill site with Ralph to help in the dragging chores, a six pointer was jumped and taken by Horace’s brother with one quick shot. The Thousand Acre Bog was a legend. Brigida was on her great uncle Gaspare's farm in Worcester NY in Otsego County. While talking it over, a jeep approached. Subscribe to Maine's premier hunting, fishing & outdoor magazine. The Biggest Maine Whitetail Buck Of 2018. Due to the length of hanging time and the amount of trimming Horace had to perform since shooting his now famous deer, it was determined that shrinkage could easily have diminished the weight of the buck. The story should end here once Horace’s mammoth buck was laboriously hauled out, but it doesn’t. The population has been supported by mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Follow along step-by-step on a snow-tracking hunt of a lifetime . This puts Northern Outdoors hunting lodge in prime position for hunting Maine’s biggest whitetail deer! The Hinckleys hunted when they could, and because of expected rain on the first Saturday of deer season, they jumped at the opportunity to hunt. By 9 a.m. they had each taken a stand a few yards apart, in what appeared to be a great spot. By the time your eyes light upon November’s column, this buck hunter will have already buried himself deep into the wilderness of Maine. Horace, his wife Olive, their son Philip and his wife Madeline traveled 60 miles from their Augusta home to hunt Northwest Bingham. Heavy eight and ten-point racks are common. dressed-out weight The Allagash Wilderness provides record book bucks, with 250#. The deer field dressed 431 pounds on … Bernier, 54, had what most sportsmen would consider the hunt of a lifetime that morning when he bagged a monster buck. Northern Maine Deer Pictures. The 2020 numbers are estimates based on the number of deer reported as being registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent complete data from all registration stations. Bernier dropped the buck with a 30-06 on Jackson Mountain in Allagash. The buck's unusually wide rack measured a whopping 33 inches and could rank third for the largest nontypical spread ever recorded in Maine. I read his articles with much pleasure for decades while he was with the BDN and later with the Journal. The population has been supported by mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Horace R. Hinckley did what no other hunter has been able to match since, by shooting the heaviest whitetail buck on record within the state of Maine. Physical Address: 284 State Street Augusta, ME 04333-0041. He shot the deer on a Saturday morning as it moved from water to a bedding area, Whitt said. Hopefully, an oversized set of tracks will be laid out before me yearning to be followed. No sooner had that thought passed when the buck of any hunter’s dream was sneaking directly towards Horace. So again, it isn’t just about big deer. If you've ever driven in the rural areas of the Midwest, Illinois included, you … Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Our client hunted this deer for 11 days. They didn’t have to wait long before the action started. Average temperatures and precipitation amounts for more than 62 cities in Maine. The hunt started as many Maine northwoods deer hunts often do—a long drive, a light rain falling on the roof of the camp which turns to snow overnight. I look forward every month to the Sporting Journal. The 27-year-old farmer and avid deer hunter from Gallatin, Tennessee, shot the deer with a muzzleloader in November. Consequently ... but reports of big deer moving during daylight are few and far between.... and bleats from Maryland to Maine. Contact Information. Though Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state in the country, it is a state where quality deer can be found anywhere. The unbroken stretches of big woods don’t make for ideal deer habitat, either. Vacations were out of the question, especially to go deer hunting. Carl’s buck topped the scales at 402 pounds dressed. “Since we do such a lot of hunting as a family, I wanted to put the family name in there, and he was a bruiser.”. ", "So disappointed that Mr. Hanrahan is leaving the journal. The rut was in full gear that day. Quickly realizing the two deer lying before them were more than they could handle, the couple started back to retrieve help. Once reaching the desired location, the elder Hinckleys hunted an old tote road for the first hour. Record Facts 1. The driver was the foreman of a local logging operation who offered to take them to the end of a remote, almost undriveable road where he had seen lots of fresh sign two days prior. not being uncommon. The famed deer hunting has seen better days, but ... of old volumes of Maine history, fishing, hunting, and aviation titles. This is the heaviest whitetail deer ever killed. The day before Halloween 2018, Michigan native Corey Memering walked into the woods near his home, hoping to encounter a deer he and other hunters knew lurked nearby, but almost none had seen with their own eyes. He recently tagged one of the largest non-typical whitetails of the 2019 season — perhaps the biggest. More Hunting. 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