Unfortunately for hunters in the Sunshine State, a 23-point buck that could be a new Florida state record was poached last October. Fortunately, though, the poacher was caught nearly red-handed and will have to answer for his crimes.
When Sgt. Kevin Kryzda of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office spotted a dark truck in a wooded area outside a construction site in Indiantown, he became suspicious. Once Sgt. Kryzda saw the driver, 54-year-old Miami resident Mario Enrique Palacio, using a spotlight to shine a deer, he approached the vehicle, and Palacio took off.
According to reports, with the assistance of other law enforcement officers and a helicopter overhead, Palacio was pulled over in short order. The helicopter was able to locate the giant buck in a wooded area near where Palacio’s vehicle was first spotted. Upon further investigation, authorities located a fired .30-06 casing in Palacio’s vehicle, and with the aid of a K-9, a .30-06 rifle in the wooded area a short time later.
The buck was initially measured by a Boone and Crockett Club official and grossed a green-score of 207 inches, putting it in the class of the current state record. The antlers have to undergo a 60-day drying period before an official measurement can be taken, but as the rack sits in a freezer marked as evidence until the court case is over, there’s no telling when an official measurement will be completed.