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Ron Jones of Pryor took this potential state record non-typical mule deer in Cimarron County. [PHOTO BY MIKE MCFARLAND] 

Ron Jones of Pryor took this potential state record non-typical mule deer in Cimarron County. [PHOTO BY MIKE MCFARLAND] 

A 43-year-old state record for non-typical mule deer has apparently fallen, pending official certification by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and a Moore hunter now holds the state archery record for a non-typical whitetail deer.

Ron Jones of Pryor killed a mule deer in Cimarron County on the first Monday of the deer gun season that officially scored 225 1/8.

The present state record for mule deer is 215 0/8, taken in Woodward County in 1973 by Chris Hensley of Mooreland.

Jones said Thursday the buck was officially scored by two Wildlife Department employees – a game warden and biologist – and the paperwork has been submitted to the agency for Cy Curtis recognition.

Jones said he killed the buck just 250 yards from the state line west of Boise City. The buck was bedded down in the middle of the afternoon, and Jones was able to get a shot from 45 yards away, extremely close for a mule deer.

He leased the ranch in Cimarron County with five other family members and friends just this past year. His lease partners wanted the property to hunt elk, but no one in the hunting party was able to bag an elk.

Meanwhile, Travis Ocker's fame for bagging the biggest non-typical whitetail with a bow in Oklahoma lasted just two weeks.

After the Lawton resident and U.S. Army sergeant's buck was officially scored at 245 2/8, making it the second-biggest non-typical buck ever taken in Oklahoma and the largest by a bow hunter, it was topped last week by another bruiser.

Jeff Parker of Moore killed a non-typical whitetail in Cleveland County that officially scored 245 5/8. Parker now holds the state record for highest-scoring non-typical whitetail taken with a bow and the second highest-scoring non-typical overall.

Parker was hunting with his compound bow out of a ladder stand on family land in early November when four does came out of a creek and started walking through some tall Johnson grass. Parker was watching the does walk toward him and planning to take one.

"I was just excited to get some meat in the freezer," he said.

He looked up and then saw the monster buck standing behind them.

"He was just walking around, wasn't chasing them, just like hanging out, standing there in the tall Johnson grass," he said.

The four does slowly started walking to the base of Parker's tree and the buck began to follow.

"It seemed like an eternity," Parker said of the wait for the buck to get within range.

The does ended up directly below Parker. The big buck got to the edge of the Johnson grass, only 40 yards away, "when I hear a doe blow right under me," Parker said.

The animals started to bolt, and Parker "grunted" twice to get the buck to stop and look back. Parker then let his arrow fly.

Parker said he and a friend then spent four hours crawling on their hands and knees, using their cellphones as flashlights, following and searching for the blood trail before finding the downed buck.

There is a 60-day drying period before antlers can be officially scored. The score is determined by the measurement of the antlers in inches. Antlers are either classified as typical (those that are symmetrical) or non-typical (going in different directions).

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<p>Jeffrey Parker of Moore holds the antlers from the biggest non-typical whitetail ever killed in Oklahoma by a bowhunter. [PHOTO PROVIDED]  </p>

Jeffrey Parker of Moore holds the antlers from the biggest non-typical whitetail ever killed in Oklahoma by a bowhunter. [PHOTO PROVIDED]  

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Ed Godfrey

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