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Issue 78 - December 2007 - Page 13

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Visa & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam
  2. Cave of Giant Crystals
  3. Puppy Giveaway Advance Fee Scam
  4. Travis Barker Death Hoax
  5. Robber Eaten By 'Alligator' Photographs
  6. Freemasons' Grant Scam Email
  7. Sumatra Island Tsunami Wave Photograph Hoax
  8. Ron Mueck Sculpture Photographs
  9. Giant Rabbit Photographs
  10. Progesterex - Sterility Date Rape Drug Hoax
  11. Pictures of Lightning Striking a Plane in Japan
  12. John Gebhardt Holding Injured Baby in Iraq
  13. Record Alberta Whitetail Deer Photographs
  14. World Record Size 'Piranha' Photographs
  15. Marzipan Frosting Babies Hoax Email
  16. Red Arrows Olympic Ban Petition
  17. Anzhela - Russian Dating Scammer
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Record Alberta Whitetail Deer Photographs

Summary:
Email with photographs of a hunter posing with a very large deer, claims the animal was the biggest typical whitetail deer ever taken in Alberta.

Status:
Photographs are authentic, but description is inaccurate

Example:(Submitted, December 2007)
Subject: Record Canada Whitetail Deer ( Killed 2007 )

Killed 2007

He shot this near Two Hills this fall (winter). Biggest typical whitetail take in Alberta EVER! He will be on the cover of Big Buck magazine very soon. Don't know the score but it would be unbelievable. He has been offered $200,000.00 for it already.

Record Whitetail Deer 1Record Whitetail Deer 2

Record Whitetail Deer 3

Record Whitetail Deer 4




Commentary:
According to this message, which is circulating via email and has been posted to a number of hunting forums and blogs, the attached photographs show a hunter posing with the largest typical whitetail deer ever taken in Alberta, Canada. Although some commentators have postulated that the images may have been manipulated, credible online sources suggest that they are in fact authentic. However, the angle from which the photographs were taken and the relative positions of the hunter and the carcass may make the deer seem somewhat larger than it really is.

In any case, the description that accompanies the photographs is not accurate. Although the deer is certainly very large, I have found no reliable references that confirm that the deer was the biggest ever taken in Alberta and there are conflicting reports about the actual score of the animal. Moreover, the deer was not shot in 2007 as claimed in the message. According to information on the Boone and Crockett Club website, the deer was taken by Scott Yetman in the fall of 2006:
Scott Yetman was guiding for Diamond Willow Outfitters last fall, and was rewarded by being allowed to go on a hunt of his own. This giant buck was the result, and is reported to be Scott's first deer ever! Reports are that it will score approximately 190 as a typical, but it has not yet been officially entered.
One of the photographs is also featured on the Raven Wear website with the following caption:
Scott Yetman, from Newfoundland took this tremendous Alberta buck the third week in November of '06. He scores 212 gross.
If Yetman's deer was ever officially entered, it is so far unclear what the animal actually scored. Some versions of the message claim that the deer was a World's Record rather than just an Alberta record. However, the current world record for a typical whitetail deer is listed by Boone and Crockett as an animal bagged by Milo N. Hanson in 1993 that scored 213.

The message claims that the hunter was to be featured on the cover of Big Buck magazine. However, an examination of back-issue covers for Big Buck Magazine for 2006 and 2007 reveal that the hunter has not yet been featured. Although he did not make the cover, some reports indicate that one of the photographs of the hunter was used in an advertisement in one issue of the magazine.



References:
Boone and Crockett Club: Alberta Whopper
Raven Wear
B&C World's Records Whitetail
Back Issues of Big Buck Magazine
Refuge Forums Post

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Issue 78 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Visa & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam
  2. Cave of Giant Crystals
  3. Puppy Giveaway Advance Fee Scam
  4. Travis Barker Death Hoax
  5. Robber Eaten By 'Alligator' Photographs
  6. Freemasons' Grant Scam Email
  7. Sumatra Island Tsunami Wave Photograph Hoax
  8. Ron Mueck Sculpture Photographs
  9. Giant Rabbit Photographs
  10. Progesterex - Sterility Date Rape Drug Hoax
  11. Pictures of Lightning Striking a Plane in Japan
  12. John Gebhardt Holding Injured Baby in Iraq
  13. Record Alberta Whitetail Deer Photographs
  14. World Record Size 'Piranha' Photographs
  15. Marzipan Frosting Babies Hoax Email
  16. Red Arrows Olympic Ban Petition
  17. Anzhela - Russian Dating Scammer