Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

By: Mike Willand
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2/2/2012
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It was last September when the hunting world first heard the rumors of a possible record breaking non-typical mule deer taken in the Saskatchewan, Providence. Now officially scored, the new giant shatters the current world record 274 7/8-inch buck taken from Colorado in 1987 by hunter Kenneth Plank. However, it’s not a world record – at least not yet.

Cody Robbins, television host of Live2Hunt and former cameraman for Jim Shockey, began hunting the giant non-typical in 2010 with little luck. In fact, Robbins rarely encountered the buck during his pursuits that year.

In July, 2011, Robbins was able to locate the double drop-tine buck while scouting. Knowing where the buck was and what he was up against, Robbins scouted nearly every day thereafter, encountering the animal another 40 times before the start of the deer season.

On September 1st, opening day, Robbins along with a cameraman had the buck within bow-range when he began to draw. The buck spotted Robbins’s movement, fleeing into the lush countryside. Robbins’s quest to arrow the buck on film would have to wait another day.

The very next day Robbins and his cameraman went searching for the buck once more, but couldn’t locate it. The day came to a close and their hearts began to sink.

While scouting for the buck on day three they were able to locate the buck once more. After a long and exhausting stalk, Robbins was able to get to within 22 yards of the great animal. His draw was perfect this time and his arrow flew true, with a cameraman capturing it all on tape. The buck ran just a short distance before expiring.

record mule deer mount in velvet

Cody Robbins's giant mule deer was an attraction at this years ATA show in Columbus, Ohio.

The buck has been officially scored by a panel of three Pope and Young scorers to the tune of 288 inches - more than thirteen inches greater than Kenneth Plank’s world record. Despite the score, however, Robbins’s buck remains in velvet, a decision made to keep the buck in the natural state he took it in.

It’s this fact that will cost him his name in the top spot. Kenneth Plank’s 1987 trophy was hard-horned, like all other world records before him. While Robbins’ buck is the greatest velvet non-typical mule deer ever taken, it cannot be considered the world record. Not if it still has velvet.

Official scorers believe that if Robbins were to strip off the velvet, the buck would likely loose only about five-inches. If true, his buck would still shatter Plank’s current world record.

The staff at the Hunting Network would like to hear your view on Robbins’s decision to leave the buck in full velvet - Would you keep the buck in velvet and forgo the world record status?

 

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13 Comments on "Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It"

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Keep it in velvet man1

Posted by Scottie on 2/2/2012 8:17:11 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

It is about the deer not the hunter leave the velvet on

Posted by Nic on 2/3/2012 9:35:41 AM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

No brainer: velvet!

Posted by Josh/OH on 2/3/2012 11:58:41 AM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

if it aint broke, dont fix it.

Posted by Zac/ KS on 2/3/2012 3:16:42 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Keep it in velvet!! That thing is gorgeous!

Posted by Wisconsin Torphies on 2/3/2012 9:26:48 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Leave it in velvet.

Posted by Backlash on 2/5/2012 7:45:32 AM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Keep it the way it is. The memory of the hunt should far outweigh the concern of breaking a world record.

Posted by ecorrigan on 2/5/2012 5:37:56 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Its a world record by any standards. That mule deer will be remembered alot longer for being in velvet than not. Great choice. Congrats on a gorgeous muley.

Posted by Mark on 2/6/2012 1:50:11 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Who cares about some printed record? Nothing can take away from his accomplishment. I applaud him for keeping it in velvet!

Posted by Walter Bird on 2/6/2012 5:21:18 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

keep it in velvet it looks cool

Posted by jared papke on 2/6/2012 7:53:23 PM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

VELVET!!! too bad theres all these problems with scoring!!! Great BUCK!...

Posted by Randy on 2/15/2012 11:13:32 AM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

I applaud Cody for sticking to how the deer was taken. It was not hard horned, it is still a world record to everyone that sees it.

Posted by Diane Hassinger on 2/15/2012 11:24:53 AM

Re: Cody Robbins's NEW Non-Typical World Record Mule Deer - Or is It

Beautiful deer no doubt but the sad thing is after getting this remarkable animal I feel greed has overcome this great Canadian hunter which is surprizing as his mentor Jim Shockey still knows his roots and always pays tribute to where he got is start. He still uses his trusted sponsers and does well I am sure. In his seasons of hunts he always reminds his fans of the product and gear that helped him get his trophies in that season even if he changes the following year. Big Buck magazine always there for Cody and we read the news in Eastmans Magizine? Does a couple of grand really replace loyalty? The weapon of choice that season APA bows and I haven't seen or heard mention of the only Canadian made product now signs with another bow company for 20 some grand with insentives? It is business, don't get me wrong, I understand but we should always reconize the people who help us get there....Jim always had. New season new products I get it but give credit for the people who helped you out

Posted by Was a Fan on 4/17/2012 11:43:29 AM

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