- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 3, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

It’s not every day a deer hunter has a 34-point whitetailed buck in his sights, but it happened to Charles County’s Billy Crutchfield, who kept as calm as a human can under the circumstances.

“I was up on a ladder stand on private property,” the 39-year-old Crutchfield, of Bel Alton, said of last Monday’s afternoon hunt. “I hadn’t been in that deer stand very long when I saw him. He was bedded down in thick cover and now slowly got up near a marsh edge and began to walk away from me.”

Crutchfield couldn’t believe his eyes. The buck looked as if he had a small tree growing between his ears. Crutchfield picked up his 12-gauge Remington 870 shotgun, loaded with Winchester Supreme deer slugs, and realized that he had to shoot now or lose the trophy deer.

“He was 100 yards away,” Crutchfield said. “I had to make a kind of rear quartering shot. He was about to widen the distance, so I fired and he went down.”

The buck dressed out at 185 pounds and, depending on how tines are counted, had 34 or 30 points. The book says if you can hang a ring on an antler tine without having it fall off, it counts as a point. In that case, Crutchfield’s buck had 34.

Either way, an official scorer measured the rack and the official green score was 2685/8 inches. It is a Maryland non-typical buck record, which means the deer’s antlers were not totally symmetrical and had certain tines on one side that didn’t match the other.

Billy’s hunting partner, La Plata’s Paul Facchina Jr., said, “He’s a great friend and a good man and something like this could not have happened to a nicer, more deserving guy.”

Gene Mueller

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