Kentucky deer season to open Nov. 10

G. Sam Piatt

Trophy hunters of the white-tailed deer, put yourself in the boots of Michael Beatty on a cold November day 18 years ago, up in Green County, Ohio, near Xenia. How could you possibly muster enough strength to notch the arrow and pull back on the string and hold as that monster came busting through the underbrush toward where you’d taken your stand?

That rack was so wide that he had to turn his head sideways to make it through a stand of saplings.

But Beatty managed the situation and his arrow flew true. He stood over a buck with a 39-point rack that still stands today as the biggest non-typical whitetail ever killed by a hunter with a bow.

The antlers measured 294 inches on the Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young measurements and 311 7/8 inches on the SCI measurement.

Another huge whitetail – a new world record, actually – was brought down with a muzzle loader by Stephen Tucker, 26, in November 2016 down in Sumner County, Tennessee. The 47-point buck had a total score of 312 inches and is recognized as the biggest non-typical whitetail ever killed by a hunter.

Before being certified and officially recognized by the Boone & Crockett Club as the new non-typical world record, the Tucker buck will be re-scored by B&C scorers. That official measurement will be taken in 2019, as B&C only does record scoring every two years.

Tucker’s deer was a fraction bigger than the current Boone & Crockett world record non-typical, a 307 5/6 brute taken in Iowa in 2003.


The largest Kentucky non-typical taken by a hunter was a 260 1/8 whitetail that Ben Brogle took from Garrard County during the 2002 modern gun season.

The record typical measured 204 2/8. It was taken by Robert Smith in 2000.

Kentucky maintains a trophy listing for the biggest bucks taken each season. To be eligible for next year’s trophy list a hunter must take a buck this season that officially net scores 160 or higher typical; 185 or higher non-typical.


Kentucky’s modern gun season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 10. Ohio hunters will have to wait until Nov. 26.

Even though most hunters in the commonwealth no doubt take to the woods harboring in their minds hopes for a trophy rack for the wall, many will be meat hunting. Wildlife officials encourage the taking of does to control a herd that exceeds 800,000.

Kentucky maintains four deer hunting zones with differing regulations for each.

In Zone 2, which includes the northeastern counties of Lewis, Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Lawrence and Fleming, hunters can use the statewide permit to take four deer.

A hunter can take two more deer by buying an additional permit.

It’s an opportunity to stock the freezer with protein-packed venison.

Statewide, only one buck per hunter can be taken for all seasons

For all the regulations, see the publication “Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide” (August 2018 – March 2019), available where licenses are sold.

G. Sam Piatt

Reach G. Sam Piatt at or 606-932-3619.

Reach G. Sam Piatt at or 606-932-3619.