Skip to main content

Whitetail Expo Outs Kansas Poacher, Denies Record Claim (UPDATED)

It's no secret how we at Petersen's Hunting feel about poachers, but we especially abhor those that would try to claim a long-standing state record.

And so we have David V. Kent, a Topeka, Kan., native who according to the Wichita Eagle, confessed to illegally shooting a 14-point buck after entering the antlers at last month's Monster Buck Classic in Topeka, presented by Mossy Oak.

The antlers, which scored an unofficial 198 7/8 on the Boone & Crockett system, were the largest antlers to be entered at the event. Wildlife agents compared the antlers to trail camera photos of a buck taken in October, and determined them to be the same animal.

Initially, Kent claimed to have shot the big buck in northeast Kansas, but later admitted wrongdoing, according to a law enforcement official.

Kent faces charges of criminal discharge of a firearm, criminal hunting, illegally hunting with an artificial light, hunting outside of legal hours, illegal hunting during a closed season, using an illegal caliber for taking big game, illegal hunting from a vehicle, and hunting without a valid deer permit, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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 more on this story, check out Game & Fish.

UPDATE: Kent's trouble with the law apparently runs deeper than was originally thought. According to The Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, Kent was present on Dec. 15, 2007, when his brother, Theron Kent, 57, shot and killed 18-year-old goose hunter Beau Arndt, who was in a nearby blind with his friends. Theron Kent, who was hunting illegally, claimed he had fired a single rifle shot at a coyote on the road, accidentally hitting Arndt.

The Gazette reports that Theron Kent was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, criminal hunting and criminal discharge of a firearm, and was sentenced to 32 months in prison with 24 months supervision. In addition, Theron Kent must register as an offender for 10 years following his release, and is prohibited by federal and state law from "possessing or carrying a firearm for any purpose whatsoever, even lawful pursuits such as hunting."

Arndt's family also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Theron Kent, The Gazette said, which accused Theron Kent of "negligence and wanton conduct."

Current Magazine Cover

Don't Miss

The Essentials Gear Box.

Our editors have hand-picked these essential pieces of gear to make you a more successful hunter when you hit the game trails this season.

Learn More

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Petersen's Hunting Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Hunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Petersen's Hunting stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now