Four new World’s Records were officially recognized during the Pope and Young Club’s 26th Biennial Convention and Awards Banquet in Denver, Colorado, this spring. Bowhunting.com would like to congratulate all of these bowhunters on their amazing acheivements!
Species: Polar bear Score: 26 10/16 Location: Cape Brown, Northwest Territories Bowhunter: Jimmie Ryan Year: 2008
This bear bested a World’s Record that had stood since Richard McIntire’s Alaska polar bear shot in 1958 (which was tied by a 2002 bear from Nunavut).
Species: Roosevelt’s elk Score: 378 6/8 Location: Columbia County, Oregon Bowhunter: Clifford M. Hayden Year: 1991
The gigantic coastal rainforest elk exceeded the previous world’s record by over 11 inches (367 3/8, Tillamook County, Oregon, Dale Baumgartner, 1985).
Species: Tule elk Score: 312 5/8 Location: Solano County, California Bowhunter: Audrey Goodnight Year: 1990
Audrey’s bull is the first declared world’s record for a new record book category that was formally introduced last year. Found in central California, Tule elk are an elk subspecies that exhibit the similar crowning point structure as do Roosevelt’s elk, found on the west coast further to the north. Since establishing the category July 1, 2008, the Pope and Young Club has accepted 22 Tule elk entries into the Records.
Species: Desert Bighorn sheep Score: 178 6/8 Location: Hidalgo County, New Mexico Bowhunter: Jim Hens Year: 2007
New York state bowhunter Jim Hens traveled to New Mexico on a lengthy hunt that resulted in a ram that narrowly surpassed the previous world’s record (178 2/8, Tiburon Island, Mexico, George Harms, 2000).
Just over 100 of the biggest and best animals taken in the last two years were requested and received for verification by the 26th Biennium Panel Judging Session prior to the Denver Convention. These outstanding specimen represented all 34 categories of North American big game and were displayed in an unforgettable public exhibit during the three-day convention in Denver.