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Catching up to 'Split Ear'

Lavergne, 44, is having the buck mounted and will have it scored once the drying period passes.

Richard Johndrow, measurer chairman of the New York State Big Buck Club, studied photographs of the deer and estimated its net score in the 160 range.

Johndrow said the largest non-typical ever taken in New Yorks was the Homer Boylan rack taken in 1939 and it scored just over 244. The second largest was taken in St. Lawrence County by Ken Locy which net scored just over 225. There are 38 non-typical racks, he said, netting over 190 in the state. The 38th largest was taken by Frank Dagles in Bolton Landing in 1961 - a 15-pointer netting just over 190.

Nevertheless, Johndrow lauded Lavergne for taking such a massive trophy in the northern Adirondacks.

"It's truly a dream of a lifetime to see a big racked buck that you can get a crack at," he said.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com.

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