Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

This takes poaching to a whole ‘nother level…

(Photo via North Carolina Sportsman) Accused poacher Nick Davis with his bogus 208-inch buck.
(Photo via North Carolina Sportsman)
Accused poacher Nick Davis with his bogus 208-inch buck.

A North Carolina deer hunter made quite a stir a short while back when he checked in a buck with a gigantic rack that measured more than 208 inches — a potential new state record.

Then the truth came out.

The man, Nick Davis of Elkin, N.C., reportedly had purchased shed antlers from a Pennsylvania deer farm, screwed them onto the skull of a 3-point buck he shot (out of season) with a rifle, and then disguised the graft with some clever taxidermy.

Davis almost got away with the deception. A veteran scorer from the state bowhunter association measured the rack but didn’t detect anything suspicious. Only after other hunters raised questions as to whether such a small deer could grow such a gigantic rack did authorities decide to investigate.

Ultimately, Davis confessed to the subterfuge. He now faces charges on four separate wildlife violations, including two allegedly committed during the 2014 season.

A fuller version of the story can be found on the fieldandstream.com website.