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Alabama Gets Big-Buck Museum In Marengo County
By Mike Bolton
Posted Monday November 27 2017, 2:30 PM
This massive 202 6/8-inch buck killed by Shannon Alvis last season on the Black Warrior WMA is one of the bucks on initial display at the Alabama Whitetail Records Museum in Thomaston.
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The opening day of the Alabama gun deer season is always a big deal in Marengo County, but this year there was special excitement in the small town of Thomaston.

The quaint town of less than 500 people welcomed the opening of the Alabama Whitetail Records Museum on the town square. Mounts of some of the biggest bucks ever taken in Alabama greeted the opening-weekend crowd who came to see the first museum in the state to pay homage to the Alabama deer hunter.

The museum will be the official home of the Alabama Whitetail Records organization. The organization has for decades served as the official record-keeping source of Alabama top bucks. Alabama Whitetail Records categorizes and publishes the scores of the top bucks, the names of the hunters who took them and their stories.

The museum is the brainchild of Alabama Whitetail Records owners Hale Smith and Michael Smith. Both felt that Alabama Whitetail Records needed a permanent home and a showplace where visitors could come to see the best bucks taken in Alabama.

“We’ve been working on this for 2 1/2 years,” Michael Smith said. “Our plans are to eventually have the mounts of about 20 record-book deer in the museum at any given time.

“We’ll take mounts on loan from those who would like to share their mounts with the museum for a short time and have some of the larger ones from the state in the museum permanently. Our plans are to rotate the mounts about every three months, so every time someone visits they’ll see something different.”

The museum will also have hunting-related events including wild game cooking demonstrations, wild game cook-offs and scoring weekends where hunters can bring in their mounts to be officially scored.

Visitors to the museum can also see televisions with rolling footage listing the hundreds of names of the hunters that have produced record-book deer through the years. That will include the counties where the deer were taken, their scores and the categories they qualified in.

“Those who would like to put their record-book mounts on temporary loan to the museum should contact us via our website at,”  Smith said.
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