Mel Johnson Buck: 50 Years Atop

AJ Gall

October 29, 2015 – 50 years ago a young man by the name of Mel Johnson headed out to hunt a monster whitetail he had been seeing.  By the end of the hunt he was holding the largest typical whitetail ever taken with a bow and arrow. Even with all the technological advances and “big buck” killing products on the market today, the buck remains the undisputed world record typical archery buck 50 years later.

Mel Johnson Buck

With a typical score of 204 4/8, this buck is the only North American big game animal to ever receive both the Ishi and Sagamore Hill awards, the highest recognition that the Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett clubs bestow on big game hunters. 

Watch as Mel Johnson shares the story of the hunt for this Legendary Whitetail.


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About The Author
From Woods to Table

AJ Gall

AJ Gall's prior hunting and wildlife experiences began long ago and make him the perfect contributing deer hunting guru.  As a habitat consultant under Dr. Grant Woods, AJ has worked on properties in 13 different states, amassing over 25,000 acres of quality deer management. He now uses that knowledge to help clients find their dream hunting properties as a licensed real estate agent in Wisconsin.  


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