Hunting with her father Malachi (pictured top left) on a family ranch in Oklahoma’s Youth Deer Season in mid-October couldn’t have gone much better for 14-year-old Micalah Millard of Skiatook, Okla.
She shot a 12-point monster buck with a 24-inch inside spread and antlers that green-scored 187-1/8 inches! It is likely to be one of Oklahoma’s top-five bucks of all time, AND is the largest typical buck taken by a female in Oklahoma!
Skiatook is about 20 miles northwest of Tulsa.
“We were in the stand a couple of hours when we kept hearing something moving in the wood line, just pacing back and forth,” Micalah Millard told the Tulsa World newspaper.
A smaller buck appeared in the clearing near their stand, four does walked out, but still it sounded like something was in the woods.
“My dad saw him first and I got my gun set,” said Micalah, who has hunted each season since age 6. “He was a lot more excited than I was. He was kinda freakin’ out, kinda as close to yelling as you can get in a whisper.”
The buck steadily walked toward the group of does and ignored the father-daughter team in the tree stand in spite of Malachi’s attempts to grunt and stop the buck.
Finally at about 125 yards, the girl zeroed in on the buck, standing broadside, with her Mossberg .243 and Nikon 6×12 power scope and deflated its lungs.
“It mule-kicked high so we knew he was hit good and we celebrated,” she said in the interview.
The nervous pair still watched as the buck ran about 100 yards and stopped before it entered the trees again.
“She hit him at the base of the neck and he went down right there,” Malachi Millard said.
The Tulsa World said hers is by far the largest record “typical whitetail” taken by a woman in Oklahoma and, though the record book doesn’t note the age of hunters, it’s a good bet she will be the youngest in that upper echelon as well.
Oklahoma’s largest typical whitetail on record, a Pushmataha County buck killed by John Ehmer of Tuskahoma in 2007, measured a flat 194 inches. Bucks that now stand in third and fourth place measure 188 ½ and 185 ¾, respectively.
With an “official” green score more than an inch higher than that current fourth-place deer it’s a fair bet the state has a new No. 4 — and near a certainty it has a new top-five buck (barring a rash of new trophies taken in the 2015-16 season).
The antlers have to cure for 60 days before the official measurement can be taken and the record certified.