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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:40AM



Indiana is joining the elite states in the record books for trophy whitetail bucks.

According to a Boone and Crockett Club score sheet posted Monday on Facebook, Tim Beck killed a monster 37-point nontypical buck on Nov. 17 in Huntington County.

As usually is the case with world-class trophies, complete news is sketchy.

“Unfortunately I have only seen pictures of the Beck buck,’’ emailed Chad Stewart, deer research biologist for Indiana. “I have only picked up the story secondhand through blog sites and chat forums.’’

According to the score sheet, it will net score 3057/8 inches. Buck racks are scored by taking various measurements, then adding and subtracting them. The score sheet had a typical frame scoring a gross of 2224/8 inches (net of 2120/8) with an additional 937/8 inches in nontypical points.

Beck’s buck should rank second for nontypicals killed by hunters, behind the ballyhooed buck (3075/8) taken by Tony Lovstuen in 2003 in Iowa.

More will come out on the Beck buck, eventually.

More deer records: Hunters in Indiana harvested a record 136,248 deer during the 2012 seasons. That was a 6-percent increase from 2011, and topped the previous record of 134,004 set in 2010.

The record is likely a result of regulation changes, including legalizing crossbows for all licensed hunters, adding a late antlerless season in select counties, extending the urban zone season, increasing the archery season by seven days and liberalizing regs for youth hunters.

There were 45,936 antlered deer harvested and 90,312 antlerless. That proportion of antlered deer (34 percent) is the lowest in Indiana history.

The complete report is at wildlife.IN.gov.

Shed hunting: The end of February is the peak time for shed hunting, the art of looking for the dropped antlers of bucks. Whitetail bucks shed their antlers annually, typically beginning in mid-winter and peaking in late February.

“Really no rules and regs to shed hunting,’’ Stewart emailed. “As long as you have permission to be on the property, you may keep any sheds you find.’’

Hunter Ed: Lake County Parks will hold a hunter’s education safety course on March 15-16 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center. Pre-registration is required, call (219) 947-7275.

Ice fishing: Conditions vary wildly, from wide open to enough ice for the hardier ice fishermen to get out.

As of noon Thursday, the Valparaiso Ice Fishing Derby at Rogers-Lakewood Park is on for 6 a.m.-noon Saturday. Pre-register through any Friends of Fishing member or Valparaiso Parks Department office 462-5144 valpoparks.org.

Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area reported the lake was wide open on Wednesday. By Thursday, there was 0-2 inches of ice, no one was ice fishing.

Fishing: Steelhead are in the streams and being caught by those putting in the time, according to Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station. ... Those boaters who caught coho and browns Lake Michigan earlier this week are out of luck again with ice returning.

Clubbing: Capt. Carl “Fuzzy Bear’’ Stopczynski will speak to the Salmon Unlimited of Indiana club at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Indiana Harbor Yacht Club.

Ducks unlimited: The Big Lake Ducks Unlimited banquet is Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in East Chicago. Contact Jason Bell at (219) 405-0754, Phil Grenchik at (219) 617-3950 or Thomas Evacko at (219) 545-7049.

Showtime: The Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show (indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com), runs through Sunday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Wild things: Maple sap is flowing, especially in areas well away from the chilling influence of Lake Michigan.

Hunting: Fox hunting ends Thursday.



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