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Is This the Biggest Doe in the Records?

By PJ DelHomme 

When Doug Laird pulled the trigger on his .243, he knew he had shot a deer with a great set of antlers. He didn’t know that his “buck” was actually a doe—or was it?


With more than 50,000 entries in the Boone and Crockett records and archives dating back more than a century, there are bound to be a few cases straight out of the X-Files. For example, there are the three-tusked walrus and the moose-elk from the National Collection of Heads and Horns.

And then there are more recent entries like Doug Laird’s non-typical whitetail entry from 2014 that carried a rack that scored nearly 190 points, but it was missing a few things, such as male genitalia—at least at first glance. Laird’s buck-doe had female plumbing. According to Laird, the deer looked like a buck but behaved like a doe. It was being followed by a fawn and actively pursued by a bona fide buck when Laird shot it in late November. Its udders were even filled with milk, Laird said.


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