We hate poachers; that’s no secret. But we especially hate poachers who try to claim longtime records with their illegal kills.
That’s what David V. Kent tried to do back in January when he entered his 14-point buck in the Monster Buck Classic in Topeka, Kan., presented by Mossy Oak.
Scoring an unofficial 198 7/8 on the Boone & Crockett system, the antlers were the largest entered in the event, but were disqualified when Kent admitted wrongdoing to state officials, who compared Kent’s claim to a trailcam image taken in October of the same buck. Had the deer been taken legally, the antlers would have beaten a 35-year-old record set by Dennis Finger, who shot a buck scoring 198 2/8 in 1974 in Nemaha County.
For cheating in an effort to break a longstanding, honorable record, we at Petersen’s Hunting award Kent with the prestigious Barry Bonds Award*.