null Skip to Main Content
6 of the Biggest Road-Killed Bucks of All Time

Brow Tines and Backstrap

6 of the Biggest Road-Killed Bucks of All Time

Posted 2024-06-13  by  Josh Honeycutt

Vehicle collisions have claimed some incredible whitetails throughout the country

Hooves leave dirt and land on hard asphalt. Just as the buck gets all four on the road, a bright light rounds the bend and barrels down on him. Within milliseconds, bumper meets buck, and the lights go out. Buck down, and not in a good way.

According to data from Consumer Reports, 1.3 million deer are hit by vehicles each year. State Farm reports the average U.S. vehicle operator has a 1-in-127 chance of hitting a deer.

The states with the highest odds of a vehicle-whitetail collision are West Virginia (1-38), Montana (1-53), Pennsylvania (1-59), Michigan (1-60), and Wisconsin (1-60). Iowa, Mississippi, South Dakota, Virginia, and Missouri complete the top 10.

Not every road-killed deer is a Boone and Crockett whitetail, but some are. Here are six of the biggest road-killed bucks of all time.


Image: road_kill_muscoda

The Muscoda Monster shed its antlers just before getting hit by a vehicle. Image courtesy of Antlers by Klaus

The Muscoda Monster: 148-Inch “Doe”

Perhaps one of the more interesting road-killed deer, the Muscoda Monster doesn’t carry a record-class rack. However, its heavy mass and drop tine make it a special Wisconsin whitetail. The story does, too. Apparently, it was struck by a car in late winter. At first, the driver thought it was a doe but soon noticed the buck’s antler pedicles. A quick search located the shed crown nearby.

Image: road_kill_illinois

This wide buck has multiple tines longer than 11, 12, and 13 inches. Image courtesy of Antlers by Klaus

The Illinois Roadkill Buck: 176-5/8-Inch Typical

Carrying a big, wide outside spread of 31 inches, the Illinois Roadkill Buck was hit in 1965. Its main beams are 29 and 31 inches, and its bases are more than 6 inches in circumference. It even has antler tines longer than 11, 12, and 13 inches. Overall, the deer scores 176-5/8 inches as a typical, with a lot of deductions because of asymmetry.

Image: road_kill_wisconsin

This buck was struck while chasing does in October. Image courtesy of Antlers by Klaus

The Wisconsin Roadkill Buck: 190-Inch Typical

Killed in October 2007, the Wisconsin Roadkill Buck met an unfortunate death by car. According to reports, this deer died while chasing several does. This deer scored 190 inches. According to Antlers by Klaus, it was never entered into the record books.

Image: road_kill_titan

The massive Titan Buck is narrow, but it carries serious mass. Image courtesy of Antlers by Klaus

The Titan Buck: 200-4/8-Inch Nontypical

Found dead on the side of the road, the Titan Buck was picked up near Knoxville, Iowa. This short-tined deer is narrow, but it has big-time beams (26-7/8 and 27-1/8 inches) and mass (7-inch bases). The deer scored 200-4/8 inches. It died in 2015.

Image: road_kill_comstock

Known as the Comstock Buck, this 250-plus-inch nontypical is a brute. Image courtesy of Antlers by Klaus

The Comstock Buck: 251-3/8-Inch Nontypical

Another Wisconsin deer, the Comstock Buck was hit by a vehicle in Comstock, Wisconsin, which is a rural area in the northwestern part of the state. It was killed on Thanksgiving night 2017. Incredibly, the deer scores 223-7/8 inches (not counting some tines that broke off in the collision). It scores 251-3/8 inches with the broken points.

Image: road_kill_monkey_mountain

The Monkey Mountain Monster is proof that northern Missouri offers incredible deer hunting. Image courtesy of Antlers by Klaus

The Monkey Mountain Monster: 259-6/8-Inch Nontypical

Killed in northwestern Missouri, the Monkey Mountain Monster gets its name from the area it lived and died. In the early 1990s, someone found a shed antler from the buck. Within two to three years, the deer started growing 250-plus-inch racks. In Fall 1997, the deer was hit by a vehicle. It scored 259-6/8 inches. According to Antlers by Klaus, if entered into the record books, it would be No. 3 all-time for Missouri.

Roadkill Continues

Those monster bucks aren’t the only big deer to die by car or truck. They won’t be the last. As whitetail roadkill continues to increase, more and bigger deer will die by blunt-force trauma. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen to a big deer — or any deer — near you.


Exit off-canvas