By Mark Kenyon

It’s official. The Johnny King Buck will NOT be the new world record typical whitetail. Over the weekend the Boone & Crockett club conducted an official panel review of the King buck, after all of the controversy over the past year regarding it’s claim to the throne. And after it was all said and done, the final verdict is still a no.

I’m not going to run through all of the details of the final decision here, plenty of other articles have done that already, so check out the links below.

But here is my two cents on this whole thing. The Johnny King buck is an incredible specimen and a truly remarkable whitetail deer. There’s no question that this buck deserved a fair shake. Typical or Non-Typical? It’s hard to say, and given the fact that so many official scorers have been undecided on this – I’m glad that it was given a second look. But now that an official panel has reviewed the buck again, lets give it rest. Over the past year the King Buck controversy has been such a mess and the underlying drama has been straight out of a bad FX  late night series. Now that we have a decision, I hope that all the involved parties can go on with life. It’s an amazing buck, but not the world record and thats final. Case closed.

But regardless of it not being a world record, it should still be appreciated as a wonderful representation of what a whitetail buck can be. In the end I think all of the hype about B&C scores and records is a bit much. It’s a shame, because a wonderful experience and memory of this hunt for Johnny King has probably been marred by all of the chaos that has surrounded the tallying of a few inches. Points, inches, mass. It’s a bit off point. In the end, deer hunting is about the experience, the memories and the journey. Not the final score.

For the full scoop on the controversy here are some past articles to get you up to speed:

THE JOHNNY KING BUCK – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD RECORD B&C TYPICAL? – Wired To Hunt

BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB’S OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO THE JOHNNY KING BUCK STORY – Wired To Hunt

BOONE & CROCKETT WILL RE-SCORE JOHNNY KING BUCK – POSSIBLE NEW WORLD RECORD – Wired To Hunt

And here are all the details on the final decision:

WISCONSIN BUCK FALLS SHORT OF WORLD’S RECORD MARK – Boone & Crockett Official Release

King Buck is Not Crowned New World Record – Outdoor Life

B&C Dethrones Hopes for King Buck – Deer & Deer Hunting

King Buck Special Coverage: Q&A With B&C Records Committee Chairman Eldon “Buck” Buckner – Field & Stream

Live Blog: Countdown to the King Buck Decision – Field & Stream