Pine Man Downs Record Book Buck

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Bill Cocroft downed a Coues whitetail buck he's sure will soon be included in the Boone & Crockett record book.

"I think he'll score about 121 3/8 and anything above a 110 should get him in," he said.

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Bill Cocroft (right) downed this record-sized buck while hunting with his friend Gino Wulkotte near Pine.

Cocroft downed the buck just before 8 a.m. Oct. 27 while hunting in the Twin Buttes area near Pine.

Cocroft said he and hunting partners, Gino Wulkotte and Rob Cuss, glassed the buck for about an hour while it was bedded down alongside a smaller buck under juniper and manzanita brush.

"We could just see the tips of his horns," Cocroft said.

When the buck finally stirred, Cocroft downed the animal from about 340 yards, according to his range finder, with a single shot from his .270 short magnum Weatherby rifle.

If the deer does indeed make the Boone & Crockett Club record book it will be one of more than 22,000 entries of big game animals in 42 species.

Boone and Crockett has published record books since 1932 that give hunters a way to compare the game they harvest with that taken by others.

Under the B & C system, first adopted in 1952, different species are scored using varied criteria. A final number is assigned which represents each animal's overall point value. Those numbers usually don't mean much to anyone except experienced hunters.

Payson Roundup outdoor columnist Dennis Pirch said if Cocroft's deer does earn 121 3/8 points, "It is a good, good buck and will probably make it" into record books.

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