Trophy Buck Claims Wisconsin Record As Largest Non-Typical Buck Shot By Bow

By: Amelia Cerling Email
By: Amelia Cerling Email

Buffalo County is famous for big numbers of big bucks. And this fall there was even more hype about an enormous buck wandering the woods.

Two months ago Bob Decker shot the deer which was featured on the cover of Field and Stream magazine. He won't get a world record for the antlers, because they were judged to be non-typical, but the buck is still bringing him plenty of attention.

Decker is a soft spoken man who says he loves spending time outdoors. And he says believe it or not, he had mixed feelings after shooting the much buzzed about buck, “The whole thing was pretty overwhelming, phone calls, media, newspapers, magazines--and it was pretty disruptive to my wife and family. So I thought what if this thing turns into a world record!”

But Decker found out this week his prize buck was disqualified from holding the world record because it is non-typical. But he says, “I'm actually very happy with the outcome.”

Decker's buck did take top honors in Wisconsin though--the 16 pointer which measured 233 and 2/8 inches is the largest buck shot with a bow in Wisconsin history. Decker says it, “Beat the previous record by a couple of inches.”

That previous record had been set nearly 30 years ago in 1979. Decker says he's happy with Wisconsin’s top honors, but hopes the spotlight will start to fade. Even so, he says, “To have a deer score at the state record is pretty cool.”

Now that he carries the state's record, we asked Decker if hunting will be a different game now. He told us, “Yeah, I probably killed the biggest deer I’ll ever take, so I won't have that to look forward to anymore.”

But he optimistically points to other things to look forward to--says he's considering taking up hunting with traditional archery gear, “So it’s a little less sophisticated technology, so it’s a little harder--that will give me a new challenge, I’ve been thinking about that for a while.”

Decker also says he’s convinced his deer is the same deer featured in the Field and Stream video, although he said there is no way to be sure.

While the antlers are most likely hanging in Decker’s basement--there's a chance the monster buck is still roaming free somewhere in Buffalo County.


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