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Timberspirit

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Maryland’s Medusa

by Joe Subolefsky April 06

Part of the draw of shed hunting is finding the unexpected and that is exactly what Luke Blatherwick found shed hunting the shore last March.

One Friday last March Luke and his father decided to make the drive from their Voorhees NJ homes to their hunting club down on the Eastern shore...do a little scouting / shed hunting, and just get away for the weekend . On Saturday morning he woke up and headed to one of their properties that Luke often hunts....

"I ended up walking the area for over 2 hours without finding a shed, when on my way out of the woods I was walking through a cut over and saw what looked like long tines sticking up. From 30 yards away I was almost positive it was too big to be a deer rack, but decided to walk over and investigate anyway (thank God!).... After finding the rack I thought about all the horror stories I hear of DNR confiscating racks like this one, so I quickly went to my truck and called the MD DNR and requested and received permission to take the rack along with a "non-hunting" possession tag."

With 27 points this is more then just another rack it's far larger then the pictures show. Official scorer and NJ taxidermist Ron Newman gross scored the rack at 267 inches netting 254 1/8" Non-Typical. This score is some 25 inches more then the Jack Poole buck killed in Montgomery County back in 87!This rack does not even need numbers the WOW factor alone is what makes it a favorite of mine. The angle the right beam comes off the skull and the 3rd antler protruding straight up give it a look all it's own.

Whitetail this big are freaks and in most cases tend to be recluses as seems the be the case once again here Luke and the others on the lease had never seen the buck alive. We are never going to know what killed the buck . From the pictures we can see the rack was fully developed so he was alive walking around in the open season what a sight that would have been. The bleached condition and slight chew marks on the tines tell me it had been laying there for over a year had Luke not decides to take a closer look that day our opportunity to know this buck ever existed was fading fast.

I want to thank Luke for sharing his buck with us and everyone can look forward to seeing the buck in the upcoming NAW magazine this July........

 

 

 


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Very COOL!!!!


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 Awesome deer fitting name talk about a dream deer. Is the piece sticking up in the center part of the right antler?

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Shorebuck, the piece sticking up in the middle is actually a third antler growing out of his head.
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Great Find!

Why are there deductions on non-typicals?

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If you have a buck that is a MAIN frame 10 with 4 extra points, ALL those points are deductions if putting it into the typical category!!. If you want those points to count than you classify it as a non-typical.

It could make the book as a typical and fall short as a non-typical. Then you would want it entered as a typical. It may qualify as a non-typical but be on the low end in the rankings. The scorer would probably recommend how to to enter it.

 

Typical points grow from the top of the main beams. All other points are non-typical. Every rack is scored first for its typical frame, minus asymmetry. Non-typical points are then added to the score to get a non-typical score. Conversely, non-typical points would be subtracted to get a net typical score.

All racks, typical and non typical have to be taken to a net typical score. For non typical, the abnormal points are then added back to the net typical score.
It is the hunters choice as to whether he wants to enter it typical or non typical. BC, PY and CBM all use the same scoring system

 

 


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"Official scorer and NJ taxidermist Ron Newman gross scored the rack at 267 inches netting 254 1/8" Non-Typical. "

 

Maybe I'm missing it but how can there be a higher gross than net with a non-typical?

Shouldn't the gross be the non-typical score?

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Hockey, the gross is before deductions, the net would be the final score if entered into any record book.  The net is based on measuring the typical frame, then deducting side to side differences in the typical frame, the non typical antler inches are then added to that score.


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So the tine in the center would have shed separate from the rest of the rack?
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Thats right shorebuck, the antler in the middle has its own pedicle and would have shed seperatly, if I remember tonight I will take a picture if that part more closely.


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Im going shoot something like that one day. The power of positive thinking.

 

Awsome Buck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I have shot something like that in my dreams

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That buck looks very similar to the road kill buck that was posted on the refuge forum............Awesome non-typical

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Refuge forum?  Everytime I look at this rack I see something I missed before.

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Whats the refuge forum? 


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another web site refuge forum.com mostly waterfowl but none the less a very good site as well.

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Unreal buck !

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Hey guys just wanted to let you know the buck should be appearing in the June or July issue of North American Whitetail.


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 What county on the shore was Medusa found ?

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 Got the new North American Whitetail in the mail today it's there.. Luke thanks for sharing the story with us ...Joe


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Very cool, I read it too. What a monster!


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Thanks guys!  I can't wait to see the article, but its gonna be tough wrestling it away from the old man!


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That thing is unreal!!

I'm not sure the article mentions what county.The rack was found in Sika country if that helps you narrow it down.

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Not too give too much away deershed but my club has land in a few different counties on the shore!


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Bionicrooster-I'm pretty new here and always slow.If I'm understanding you right,you found Medusa?Congrats!! That's Awesome!!

You know it's your duty to post more pics of that hog.Lets see a close-up pic of that extra antler.I know a guy upstate Pa. that found a elk skull with a thrid antler growing like that.

 

 

 

btw-not trying to find your lease,just helping frenchfry narrow down what county.Not many counties have sikas.lol

 

 

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