DeSoto bow buck tops Magnolia Records

Kevin Medlin didn’t have time to think about such things as rewriting Mississippi’s archery record book when a monster buck walked out of a thicket 50 yards from his stand on Nov. 11 in DeSoto County.

“I didn’t even have time to get nervous,” Medlin said. “It all happened so fast. I guess from the time I saw him to the time I watched him crash down in a thicket wasn’t much more than a minute, if it was that long. It all happened that quick.”

A green score that day produced over 190 inches gross, beginning a long wait for the 60-day drying period to pass. Friday, the wait ended when the 13-point — a mainframe 10 with three sticker points — was proclaimed the new state record for typical deer by bow.

Biologist Rick Dillard, co-founder of the stae Magnolia Records, officially scored it at 173 2/8 inches Pope & Young.

Kevin Medlin arrowed the new Mississippi state-record buck while bow hunting in DeSoto County last November.

It replaces Will Rives’ 172 4/8-inch buck taken in 2010 in Jefferson County. Click here to read the full story of Rives' buck, or listen to Rives tell the story of the hunt in a video by clicking here.

“It is the new record, by less than an inch,” Dillard said. “The main beams are the best characteristics of Medlin’s deer. At 28 2/8 (right) and 27 5/8 (left), it is ridiculous — and I mean really ridiculous. I may have scored one or two deer in my life with main beams like that, but not many. It was also wide, with an inside spread of 21 7/8 inches.

“I’ll be honest with you. The net score and even the gross typical score of this buck do not reflect just how big and pretty this deer was. It is remarkable.”

Click here to read the full story of the hunt during which this state-record buck was arrowed and discover the measurements that pushed this deer to the top of the Magnolia Records.

160-inch buck arrowed in Claiborne County

Patrick McManus killed this Claiborne County trophy on Oct. 3.

Having grown up hunting his family’s farm in rural Claiborne County, 23-year-old Patrick McManus is no stranger to massive whitetails. His walls are adorned with a number of these monsters, but none had been taken with stick and string.

An avid bowhunter since the young age of 12, McManus has harvested dozens of does with archery gear; however, due to an intense deer management program combined with his own personal choice to hold out for a mature whitetail, McManus had yet to realize his dream of taking a trophy buck with his bow.

That would all change on the evening of Oct. 3 when what has been estimated to be a 160-class buck stepped out.

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169-inch buck arrowed in Madison County

Jake Cox wanted little brother Joseph to kill the buck. He really did.

And then the 169-inch buck stepped out in front of the elder Cox brother last Wednesday (Oct. 5), and now there is a slight controversy in the family.

“I had to sling an arrow, that’s for sure,” Jake Cox said of the kill.


That decision has left his younger brother with mixed feelings.


“I feel like my dog died,” Joseph Cox said.


Jake Cox, left, killed this 169-inch Madison County buck on Oct. 5. At right is his brother, Joseph.


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Another Madison County monster buck killed

John White had been watching a trio of bucks during late summer on the farm on which he lives, but one of the deer stood out from the rest.

“Back in August, I was seeing him just about every other afternoon,” White said. “My wife and daughter and me would ride our four-wheeler to the field to see if he would be there, and sure enough he would show up.”

The buck was traveling with a big 10-point, an 8-point and a group of does. But the Flora hunter, along with buddy Mike Grubbs who also works the farm, were focused on the main-frame 8-pointer with stickers all over the place.


White began dreaming of bow season, and put out a trail cam to nail down exactly where the deer was entering the field.

John White's 169-inch Madison County buck fell on Oct. 9.

Madison County 14-point


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Tough Bucks

Article from the Memphis Commerical Appeal

This gigantic whitetail buck was found dead last week on a patch of farm land in Lauderdale County near
Covington, Tenn.  It is believed to have died from natural causes. Once bucks reach a certain age, they get
incredibly hard to find and kill.

Late last week, a massive whitetail deer with an awesome set of antlers was found laying dead on a patch of farm land in Lauderdale County near Covington.

Conservation officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency believe the deer could score as high as 230 on the Boone & Crockett scale once it dries out, and that number would have placed it among the largest whitetails ever taken by a Tennessee hunter.


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