Possible State Record Deer to be Measured at Wildlife Expo

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Here’s your chance to witness history in the making. A massive, 31-point, non-typical, whitetail deer rack will be officially scored at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, August 27, at the main stage inside the Lazy E Arena.

The rack is so large officials believe it could be a new state record.

“This is the biggest news in Oklahoma deer hunting in a very long time,” said Alan Peoples, wildlife chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “From the initial look at the antlers this deer could surpass both the number one Cy Curtis record and the top Oklahoma Boone and Crockett entry, which are currently two different deer.”

Mike Crossland killed the huge buck in Tillman County during the 2004 deer gun season. The antlers were held as evidence in a court case and Crossland took possession of them August 2 when the case was dismissed by a Tillman County judge.

“I am really excited about having the antlers back and I’m looking forward to having them officially scored at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo,” Crossland said.

On Saturday afternoon, after the scoring, Crossland will be available to visit with Expo participants.

The current non-typical Cy Curtis record whitetail, taken in 2003 in Hughes County, scored 240 3/8 and had a total of 29 points. The current Boone and Crockett record non-typical whitetail was taken in Johnston County in 1970 with a score of 247 2/8.

With more than 100 different booths and activities, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event, which will be held August 27 and 28, at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.

Participants who pre-register for the Expo will be eligible for a special lifetime combination license giveaway. Pre-registration is available at wildlifedepartment.com.

For complete details on Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility log on to wildlifedepartment.com