February 01, 2013

Lapeer County resident Eddie Kosinski may have bagged a state record 6-pointer in his home county on opening day of the 2011 firearms deer season. The four or five-year-old whitetail had an impressive 6-point rack that nets 133 3/8. It’s currently unknown if the buck grew the highest scoring 6-point rack on record for the state because Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) doesn’t know what the number one 6-point is in their records due to computer problems.

In response to a question about whether or not Kosinski’s buck is a state record, CBM office Manager Stacey Jackovich responded, “I talked to a few people here at CBM and unfortunately we cannot give you exact, accurate data. We do not manage our records by the number of antler points. We manage in other ways but can not get accurate data out of our system for your request. We are in the process of changing and updating our computer system. We hope that it will be easier to retrieve this sort of information in the future.”

The highest scoring 6-point from Michigan in my records, prior to Kosinski’s, is one that Ron Allen from Concord collected with bow and arrow on October 26, 1988 in Calhoun County. The antlers from that 3 ½ or 4 ½-year-old buck netted 125 5/8, qualifying for national records maintained by the Pope and Young Club in addition to state records kept by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM). That 6-pointer had an impressive field dressed weight of 205 pounds.

Some whitetails like Allen’s and Kosinski’s never grow more than 6 points, no matter how old they get.

Eddie Kosinski with a monster 6-point he took Nov. 15, 2011.

“I had seen that buck a lot before the day I got him,” Eddie said. “I had seen him for three or four years. He was at least 4 ½ years old.

“I was walking along the edge of a soybean field about 9 a.m. on opening day of the 2011 gun season when I got him. I saw four does come out of a five-acre woods. The buck came out behind them.”

The buck was about 40 yards away when Kosinski shot it with a 2 ¾-inch Remington slug out of his 12 gauge Remington model 1187 shotgun. The mature whitetail had a dressed weight of 187 pounds. Eddie’s biggest buck during 28 years of deer hunting scored 140. He got that one in Huron County.

The amazing 6-pointer wasn’t officially measured until the fall of 2012. CBM measurer Jim Sabo scored the rack at Woods-N-Water Weekend.

If anyone knows of a 6-point rack from Michigan buck that was taken legally, which scores more than 133 3/8, please let me know, you can email me at rpsoutdoors@chartermi.net.