In the wake of escalating poaching allegations involving the Alexander Buck, a potentially record-breaking whitetail claimed by hunter Christopher “CJ” Alexander, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has confirmed the confiscation of the deer and initiated an official investigation.
As per an ODNR press release, wildlife officers are delving into the circumstances surrounding the deer’s harvest during the archery hunting season in Clinton County, Ohio. Christopher J. Alexander, 28, of Wilmington, reportedly took down the deer on Nov. 9, 2023. The investigation was prompted by claims that Alexander neglected to secure the required written permission for hunting on private property.
While the inquiry unfolds, Ohio wildlife officers have taken possession of the antlers, cape, and hunting gear associated with the alleged illegal harvest.
Alexander asserts he lawfully harvested the potentially record-breaking buck on a 30-acre property owned by his sister. However, doubts have been cast on the exact location of the kill. Some forum users noted that Alexander mentioned recovering the buck during the day, yet all published photos depict the deer at night. Alexander explained that he and his friend Cory Haunert waited for Haunert’s girlfriend, who possessed a quality camera, to finish work before taking pictures.
Mike Rex, secretary of Ohio’s Buckeye Big Buck Club, assigned a preliminary green score of 206 7/8 inches to the buck. With this score, the deer could potentially claim the top spot for a typical whitetail in Ohio and secure the third position for a typical whitetail in North America. However, complications arise due to the Boone & Crockett Club’s common base rule, which may affect the rack’s official score in their books.
Beyond scoring concerns, legal complications surround the rack and Alexander’s hunt. In accordance with Section 1531.201 of the Ohio Revised Code, anyone found guilty of illegally harvesting a deer over 125 inches gross score could face a special restitution fee. This additional fine is calculated using a specific formula: ((gross score – 100)² x $1.65). If the reported gross score of 235 ⅞ inches holds true, Alexander might incur an additional fine of $30,462.33 upon conviction by DNR officials. The situation continues to unfold as the investigation progresses.
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