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Authorities: Minn. world-record buck slain illegally

RED WING, Minn. -- Troy Reinke likely killed a world-record buck last month in southeastern Minnesota.

Goodhue County prosecutors on Thursday offered another description of the kill: poaching.

The Cannon Falls, Minn., man was charged with 13 counts including gross over-limits of wild animals after allegedly shooting the deer without a license or tags. The charges carry a maximum penalty more than five years in a jail and a fine of $19,000.

Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tyler Quandt said the eight-pointer had a gross score of 190 and five-eighths inches. He said the net score was an even 185 inches - five inches larger than the next-closest eight-pointer.

"In the world of antlers, that's tremendous," Quandt said.

Hunters at first were excited after Internet rumors spread of a world-record buck being taken in Minnesota, Quandt said.

That didn't last long.

"As quickly as they found out it was illegal, their feelings turned to being quite angry," he said Thursday.