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Basehor man nabs record deer

February 12, 2004

In preparation for the opening of hunting season, Mark Heinen spotted a white-tail buck among a group of other deer, from his 160-acre farm in Nemaha County.

Three weeks later, Heinen tagged the same animal.

Heinen, a Basehor resident, said he knew the deer was a good kill. He just didn't know how good it would turn out to be.

On Monday, the Kansas Department of Wildlife scored the deer, which turned out to be one of the largest in state history. The deer received a ranking of 188 1/8, good for 11th best on the all-time list in the state.

"I knew he was good but I didn't know he would be that good," Heinen said.

Heinen had to wait 60 days before the deer could be officially scored. The department of wildlife uses the Boone and Crockett scoring system, a system which rates deer based on the length and circumference of rack points, among others.

Heinen got the animal at approximately 7:30 a.m. Dec. 4, 2003, a day after deer hunting season began. The deer emerged from the woods roughly 100 yards away when Heinen saw him.

"Easiest shot I ever made," he said.

Heinen said he would mount the deer once it's returned from the taxidermist.

"I'm sure I'll find some place for him," he said.

But this isn't just a trophy deer for Heinen.

The deer, a 12-pointer, weighed more than 270 pounds, and produced "three full-size grocery sacks," of meat for the Heinen family. Heinen said the meat has been processed into sausage, jerky and steaks.

Heinen began hunting 15 years ago when his son, Brian, began showing an interest in deer hunting. The latest accomplishment by the eldest Heinen is providing some lighthearted ribbing between the two.

"I'll told him I'm going to rest next year and let him catch up," Heinen said.

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