Guide Helps Payson Man Bag Buck Of A Lifetime


It's being called the "Buck of a Lifetime" and the "Christmas Buck."

Justen Williams bagged the 5-by-4 Koos deer, that received a whopping 131-6/8 points in the Safari Club International record books, Jan. 21 while hunting in Sonora, Mexico.


Brian Marshall (left) gave his son, Justen Williams (center), a guided deer hunt in Mexico as a Christmas gift. Justen returned from the jaunt with a record-size buck. Also on the hunt was Bill Marshall.

The record-setting animal earned its nickname because it was an animal hunters rarely have the opportunity to stalk, possibly only once in a lifetime, and because Williams was along on the guided hunt as a Christmas present from his father, Brian Marshall -- the owner of Unlimited Outfitters.

"I told Justen at Christmas, this hunt would be his only present," Marshall said. "I wanted him to enjoy it and I think he did."

Marshall, a longtime guide in Mexico, had been in the country for the entire month of January helping a group of American outdoorsmen down a total of seven Koos and two mule deer.

"Justen was one of my last hunters," Marshall said.

Hunting in high desert, mesquite terrain on the second day of a five-day hunt, Marshall and Williams first saw the buck while glassing a hillside in the distance.

With a single shot from a .257 caliber Weatherby Magnum, Williams dropped the buck from 418 yards, according to Marshall's range finder.

"He's going to have a life-size mount of it," Marshall said.

Also along on the hunt in Mexico was a television crew from the Outdoor Channel and Jim Benton's Outdoor Adventures.

"I believed it will be televised on July 2," Marshall said.

Last year, Marshall was also televised guiding hunts in Mexico.

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