Ohio crossbow hunter bags typical deer mark

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A whitetail deer killed last fall by a crossbow hunter in Warren County is an Ohio record and could be among the largest typical deer ever recorded, the state Department of Natural Resources reported.

Springboro, Ohio, crossbow hunter Brad Jerman killed the 11-point deer on Nov. 10 in Warren County. A deer's antlers are classified as typical when they are symmetrical and regular in shape.

The Buckeye Big Buck Club keeps records of trophy bucks taken by hunters in Ohio. The president of the organization originally scored the buck at 202 1/8 on the standard scoring system for deer.

A panel of judges put together by the club then measured the buck and came up with an official score of 201 1/8, tying it with a buck taken by William D. Kontras of Clark County in 1986.

However, Kontras' buck was never panel-scored, which is a club requirement to be recognized as a state record.

"I'm basically a meat hunter, but always interested in a trophy animal," Jerman said. "We feed our family on venison. I was blessed to be at the right place at the right time."

In the last five years, Ohio has seen a number of records eclipsed.

The non-typical title was awarded to Mike Beatty of Xenia, Ohio, for his 2000 bow-killed deer in Greene County.

His buck scored 304 6/8 and currently ranks as the No. 1 non-typical buck in Ohio, the largest non-typical ever taken by a hunter and the top non-typical in the country. A panel will score the Beatty buck in March.

The score sheet on the Jerman buck will be submitted to the Boone and Crockett Club, a nationally recognized scoring organization, for possible inclusion in the world records.

If the Ohio score is approved, the Jerman buck should end up as the No. 10 typical deer in the world and the largest ever taken by a crossbow hunter.