Photos: This Buck Might Crush the Indiana State Record

Photos: This Buck Might Crush the Indiana State Record

On November 4 at 6:40 p.m., Dustin Huff of Greensburg, Indiana, shot a caliber of whitetail that normally only occupies a hunter's dreams. The raw score of the behemoth buck is 212 inches.

Huff Buck 5

“It all happened within three minutes. From seeing him to when I shot him it was a three-minute thrill ride,” Huff told MeatEater.

Huff Buck 2

Huff made a 40-yard shot with a Stryker crossbow in an area he’s hunted since he was 12 years old. This year he decided to revisit the familiar spot.

“I hadn't haunted this oak grove since probably high school and I don't know what told me to go back there,” Huff said. “The only deer I saw that evening was him. Oh man, it was unbelievable.”

He first spotted the buck's massive antlers in a creek bottom.

Huff Buck 1

“He came right up a little ravine that was in between me and him,” Huff said. “I only had like 5 more yards to take a shot. So I whistle at him and, of course, he stops right behind two sapling trees.”

That positioning didn’t allow for an ethical shot, but Huff didn’t let his emotions get the best of him. He waited for the buck to move.

“So I just talked to myself for a split second and said, ‘I got another maybe yard or two for him to take. One or two more steps and I might be able to sink an arrow in there,’" he said. "And sure enough, he takes one, two more steps. I whistle again. And he stops right behind two more saplings.”

Luckily, Huff could maneuver around the left side of the tree just enough to take a clean shot.

Huff Buck 6

“Once I saw him fall, I started making phone calls. I think I blacked out. I didn't know what was going on. It was unreal.”

The current Indiana state record for a typical whitetail is 195 ⅝ inches, taken by Dave Roberts in 1985. If authorities verify this buck at 212 inches after the drying period, it will break a record that has stood for 36 years by almost 17 inches.

Huff Buck 4

“I didn't sleep maybe two hours last night. I just kept getting up to go check on it,” Huff said. “I can't even like sit down. I can't eat nothing. I just keep pacing back and forth.”

We expect Huff will be riding that high for a good long while. Congrats on harvesting a world-class buck on home turf, Dustin.


MeatEater Hunter Series Acute Trauma Care Kit
Save this product
North American Rescue
Lifesaving gear for severe injuries, gunshot wounds, broken bones, and major blood loss.
Hidden Canyon Hunter Knife
Save this product
A perfect hunting companion, the Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter is a premium fixed-blade knife designed for hunters everywhere.
Bino Harness PRO-M
Save this product
FHF Gear
Made with high-quality, durable Cordura, the FHF Gear Bino Harness is designed to be quiet, lightweight, low profile, modular, and easily operated with one hand.
Diamondback HD Binoculars 10x42
Save this product
Vortex Optics
Rock-solid optic that optically punches high above its class.
Get the latest in your inbox
Subscribe to our newsletters to receive regular emails with hand-picked content, gear recommendations, and special deals.
Our picks for the week's best content and gear
For the whitetail obsessed, with Mark Kenyon
Redefining our connection to food, with Danielle Prewett
Your one-stop for everything waterfowl, with Sean Weaver
Get out on the water with the MeatEater Fishing crew
Technical hunting apparel
Purpose-built accessories for hunting and fishing
Quality elk, turkey, waterfowl, and deer calls
Save this article