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Scott Carlson’s Record Kansas Buck

After three years of waiting, watching and wishing, Scott Carlson of Carlson Choke Tubes took a record Kansas buck with his muzzleloader.


Nearly every deer hunter dreams of getting a boomer buck that will land his or her name in the Boone & Crockett record book, but for most it remains only a dream.

For Scott Carlson of Carlson Choke Tubes, though, that dream recently became a reality when he took a buck measuring a 255 Green Score on private property in western Kansas. The non-typical buck had 19 measurable points on one side and 12 on the other.


“I first saw this buck three years ago on my game camera and thought he was an odd-looking buck,” Carlson said. “He wasn’t that big, but he was really odd, so I wanted to hunt him.”

Unfortunately, the buck was hard to pattern and eventually broke off one side of his antlers. The next year, the buck was even larger, with Carlson estimating that the antlers would measure around 190 to 200 inches, but once again, he broke one side off early in the year.


This year, Carlson’s game camera, along with a live viewing right at dark before season opened, showed that the buck had become a real monster, but it remained almost completely nocturnal. Determined to get him, Carlson used game cameras and long-range glassing to scout the buck’s route through his property, and then spent every morning and evening in the stand with his Thompson/Center Encore and a pair of binoculars.

On the last day of the muzzleloading season, Carlson spotted the buck in a draw just off of his property. Having an idea of where the buck would cross the line, Carlson circled downwind and went in pursuit of the monster.

After three years of watching, waiting and wishing, Carlson lined up the buck at 80 yards and squeezed the trigger. When the HotShot smoke cleared, Carlson had taken a buck that should break the Kansas muzzleloading record of 229 inches by a good margin. However, he’ll have to endure the 60-day curing period to determine its exact score, and where it will land in Kansas’ all-time record book.

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2 Responses to Scott Carlson’s Record Kansas Buck

Jason wrote:
October 31, 2011

Hi Scott Great buck you harvested.Are you or any of your friends interseted in hunting in africa?

John wrote:
October 20, 2011

Dang! Good things come to those who wait. Congratulations!!!