Charges have been filed against a Topeka man accused of poaching a deer that could have broken a Kansas state record that has stood for more than 35 years.
David Kent was charged in Osage County Court in connection with the Nov. 11 shooting of a 14-point whitetail buck, Wildlife and Parks information officer Mike Miller said Thursday.
Charges include hunting with an artificial light, hunting during a closed season, illegal hunting from a vehicle and the use of an illegal caliber for deer hunting.
The buck has been unofficially scored at 198-7/8 inches of antler on the Boone & Crockett system.
The deer was measured by an official scorer, but hadn’t met the requirement for a waiting period of at least 60 days after the kill to make the score official.
The state record for a typical whitetail deer shot with a gun is 198-2/8 by Dennis Finger in Nemaha County in 1974.