Kansas has a new King.
A 67-point nontypical whitetail deer shot in October by Kansas bowhunter Brian Butcher, of Andover, earned King of Kansas honors on Sunday during the final day of the Kansas Monster Buck Classic at the Stormont Vail Events Center in Topeka. The beastly rack unofficially measured in at 321 3/8 inches on the Boone and Crockett scale. Official measurements will be taken in 2022 for world-record status, as it would be the fourth-largest nontypical deer ever recorded.
Reigning King of Kansas Mark Watson was on hand to help crown the new king. The former champion measured a 270-plus-inch nontypical whitetail to earn the title in Wichita in 2019.
"Yes, I would have liked my reign to last a little bit longer," Watson quipped during the presentation, "but I am more than happy to congratulate the Butcher Buck, over 300 inches B&C, that's mass!"
Butcher's buck also earned the first-place prize in the nontypical archery category, a $100 Cabela's gift card.
The Classic offered a variety of hunting- and outdoors-themed booths and vendors, an ax-toss area and a wide-ranging array of seminars, including one on pairing wine and wild game presented by Fossil Springs Winery, of Paola.
Read more about Butcher's run-in with the giant deer in next Sunday's Outdoors page, with another story on a Kansas business that was featured at the show, Heads Up Decoys, also coming soon.