The Man Who Shot A 430-Pound Buck — The True Story

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An image of a man with an absolutely massive buck with a claimed weight of between 400-500 pounds has been circulating around the internet since 2009. The image has popped up several times over the years, always with slightly different details. In the image, a man can be seen kneeling behind the giant whitetail deer as he holds its rack for a picture.

As you can see, this buck is absolutely huge to the point that it has to be photoshopped, right? Maybe not.

Images started circulating again in 2014 that claimed the man had shot the 430-pound buck in Hartford, Michigan. From the picture, the buck looks like it could be every bit of 430-pounds.

It turns out the picture is actually real, but the rest of the information was wrong. The deer was actually a 420-pound buck (10 pounds ain’t bad) and it was shot at a high-fence game farm in Wisconsin called Wilderness Whitetails. The buck was shot in September of 2009 and the image is located in the trophy gallery of the game farm.

The official weight is missing, but Shorty Flees, the owner of Wilderness Whitetails, spoke with Field and Stream in 2010 and said the buck was 420-pounds.


Yes, it is a legitimate buck. I mean, we are a high-fence operation, I want to be clear about that, but this is a real buck. It was taken last September and weighed 420 pounds live-weight. The heaviest deer that’s ever been shot on our place. Our client hunted this deer for 11 days. We’d had very warm weather and this buck just would leave his bed in a cedar swamp during the day. But it finally cooled off, and the hunter caught the buck making its way from the swamp to a food plot. He was so pumped, he just went nuts. He was kissing the deer.

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