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King Buck
Birth: Apr. 3, 1948
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 1962
Brighton
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA

National Duck Retriever Champion. King Buck was a black Labrador who was honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1959 by using his picture on its duck stamp to promote conservation through the use of retrievers to reduce losses of downed ducks. The Labrador's appearance on the stamp marked the only diviation as they have always featured water foul. The stamp must be applied to a valid state hunting license and signed to validate. Famous wildlife artist, Maynard Reece painted a watercolor of the retriver and submitted the entry to the Service where it was selected. Over two million were purchased by hunters and collectors of duck stamps. King Buck survived a bout of distemper as a puppy, but grew to become the most famous dog in the history of duck hunting winning the National Retriever Championship in 1952 and 1953. He continued competing in national events to age nine. Upon reaching his 14th birthday, his health began to fail. With his eyesight and hearing gone, his owners ended his suffering by putting him to sleep. King Buck was interred near the entrance of his home, Nilo Kennels. A black statue of him stands guard over his grave. (bio by: Donald Greyfield) 
 
Burial:
Nilo Kennels Brighton Illinois
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Kennel Grounds Entrance
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
Record added: Apr 14, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8634412
King Buck
Added by: Donald Greyfield
 
King Buck
Added by: Donald Greyfield
 
King Buck
Added by: Donald Greyfield
 
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We remember a great Lab. John Olin named it BUCK after his good friend and Outdoor writer- Nash Buckingham. KING BUCK was perhaps, the smartest lab ever seen in US Field Trial History in the history of that species, and his memory and image is still remem...(Read more)
- OWAA OUTDOOR WRITER-JOE GUIDE
 Added: Aug. 5, 2016

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 Added: Mar. 30, 2016
Rest in peace.
- Kirsty
 Added: Feb. 10, 2016
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