Jan 08, 2020 1:00 PM

Kansas bowhunter takes world-class whitetail

Posted Jan 08, 2020 1:00 PM
Kansas Bowhunter Brian Butcher photo KDWP&T
Kansas Bowhunter Brian Butcher photo KDWP&T

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

WICHITA – Kansas bowhunter, Brian Butcher, 38, harvested a whitetail buck in Chase County last October that he knew was something special. It wasn't until the buck's rack was measured by Boone and Crockett Club certified measurers on Friday, Jan. 3 that Butcher confirmed just how special the deer was. Butcher's whitetail earned an unofficial net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches.

If accepted and verified by the Boone and Crockett Club – an internationally recognized non-profit conservation organization that maintains native North American big game records – the deer Butcher harvested would rank fourth in the world for non-typical whitetail deer. As for the Kansas record books, Butcher's buck will be the largest non-typical whitetail ever taken, surpassing the current state record for a non-typical whitetail harvested with archery equipment by 57 2/8 inches.

"When I first saw it, I thought it had some branches or grass tangled up in its antlers," said Butcher. "But when I looked at him with binoculars, I realized it was all antlers."

Butcher released his arrow when the giant buck was just 25 yards from his treestand and the shot was true. After waiting only 5-10 minutes, Butcher tracked the deer to a spot 50 yards away.

"I had the most opposite feeling of 'ground shrinkage' possible," Butcher said of the big whitetail with 67 scorable points. "I was in complete shock."

After sharing photos of the buck with friend Brian Crowe, the duo got together and attempted to score the deer.

"We added it up five times because it didn't make sense," Butcher laughed. "We had it at 341 inches gross, and 316 inches net."

According to Boone and Crockett guidelines, the rack could not be officially measured until it had dried for at least 60 days. On January 3, Boone and Crockett measurers Marc Murrell, Newton, and Ken Witt, Burleson, Tex., took on what would become a nearly five-hour-long task of scoring the deer. Murrell and Witt came up with a pending net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches.

The score sheet and entry materials on Butcher's buck have been mailed to the Boone and Crockett Club headquarters for verification and acceptance. Because of its high ranking, the rack will be scored again by a panel of measurers at the Boone and Crockett Club's next awards ceremony in 2022.

If it stands, Butcher's buck will rank fourth in the world of non-typical whitetails. Boone and Crockett's top two non-typical whitetails were found dead in Missouri and Ohio and scored 333 7/8 inches and 328 2/8 inches, respectively.

The largest hunter-harvested non-typical whitetail was taken by bowhunter Luke Brewster in Illinois in 2018 and scored 327 7/8 inches.

The current Kansas state record firearm non-typical whitetail was taken in 1987 by Joseph Waters in Shawnee County and scored 280 4/8 inches. The current Kansas state record archery non-typical whitetail was shot by Dale Larson in 1998 in Pottawatomie County and scored 264 1/8 inches.

For more on Kansas big game records, visit ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/What-to-Hunt.

For more on the Boone and Crockett Club, visit www.boone-crockett.org/.

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Jan 08, 2020 1:00 PM
Omaha man sentenced to more than 11 years on meth charges

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on January 6, 2020, Roman Ceballo Gaspar, age 25, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. Senior United States District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Avalos to 135 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Ceballo Gaspar also relinquished any right or claim he had to money seized during the investigation. After completing his term of imprisonment, Ceballo Gaspar will be deported to Mexico as he is not a U.S. citizen.

On April 26, 2018, agents and officers from Homeland Security Investigations and the Omaha Police Department executed a search warrant on Ceballo Gaspar’s Omaha residence. The search revealed approximately one pound of methamphetamine, $18,953 U.S. currency, and other evidentiary items.

Earlier that day, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a co-defendant where twelve pounds of methamphetamine were found hidden inside the vehicle. Ceballo Gaspar admitted to his involvement in distributing methamphetamine in the Omaha metro area, and that he was expecting the delivery of the twelve pounds of methamphetamine from the co-defendant.  

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Omaha Police Department, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.