Inside Oklahoma's Big Buck Blitz of '17
By: Kelly Bostian
Recent seasons have produced a flurry of trophy bucks in Oklahoma – here's a look at some of the best, and why they are becoming so prevalent
Moving on is necessary in life, and it sure is a part of deer hunting. Dwelling on what the past has been, or might have been, must yield to what the future can hold.
After the past two years, Oklahoma deer hunters might just want to bear that in mind as the bow season opener (Oct. 1) draws near. Only those not living under rocks the past two years know that bucks killed in the 2016 season raised eyebrows, and the 2017 season was literally unbelievable.
The latter season produced more 195-plus-inch bucks (the minimum for Boone & Crockett Club All-time Awards) than any season in the past. That is, unless hunters were very good at keeping their successes quiet in previous years. A slim possibility indeed.
Three of the top 5 non-typical bucks now listed in the state’s Cy Curtis big game records list were taken the past two years, and an Ellis County typical that netted 185 1/8 notched No. 4 all-time honors on the Cy Curtis list. Bryan Bayless’ buck was the first to crack the typical top 5 since 2011. Its gross score was 220 4/8, by the way.
The state’s busiest and most dedicated Boone & Crockett official scorer, George Moore of Arcadia, battled with some social media naysayers and non-believers as he tallied the numbers on 37 bucks that grossed over 200 inches.
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