Ohioan Christopher J. Anderson just lately bagged an enormous buck—one sufficiently big to doubtlessly go down as one of many largest typical whitetails ever taken within the Buckeye State. However in line with a latest press launch from the Ohio Division of Pure Assets (ODNR), all is probably not because it appears with the “CJ Anderson Buck.” 

Anderson’s buck acquired widespread consideration on social media again in early November. He later advised a number of media shops that he arrowed the beautiful whitetail with a crossbow on November 9 whereas looking his sister’s 30-acre property in Clinton County, Ohio. Then, on December 26, the ODNR issued a press launch asserting that Anderson was beneath severe scrutiny for probably poaching the buck.

“An investigation was launched by the Ohio Division of Pure Assets after info was supplied alleging that Alexander didn’t receive the lawfully required written permission previous to looking on non-public property,” the company defined in its press launch. “Whereas the investigation continues, Ohio wildlife officers have seized the antlers, cape, and looking tools related to the alleged illegal taking of the deer.” The ODNR didn’t reply to requests for added info when contacted by Area & Stream.

Previous to the investigation, scorer Mike Rex from the Buckeye Huge Buck Membership inexperienced scored the deer, giving it a inexperienced gross of a 235 7/8 with a internet typical of 206 7/8—numbers, albeit preliminary ones, that may put it in rivalry for the highest spot within the Buckeye State. The deer would seemingly have scored decrease in line with the Boone & Crockett Membership’s scoring method for typical bucks. 

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Whatever the outcomes of the continuing poaching investigation, it seems seemingly that the controversial buck’s official rating will finally be tallied. If the deer is confirmed as being illegally killed, a rating will should be obtained as a stipulation of an Ohio authorized code which calculates restitution fines for trophy bucks over 125 inches based mostly on closing gross rating. In response to the ODNR web site, that rating shall be decided by the buck’s inside unfold size, complete variety of factors, size of predominant antler beam, and different antler options.

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