From: Kevin Hisey

Three new World’s Records were officially recognized during the Pope and Young Club’s 27th Biennial Convention and Awards Banquet in Rochester, Minnesota, this spring.


Species:            Non-typical Coues’ Deer

Score:              127 1/8

Location:          Gila County, Arizona

Bowhunter:       Nathan LaCost

Year:                2008

Nathan Lacost - Non-Typical Coues Deer.

This Coues’ deer (the small subspecies of whitetail deer found in the arid southwest—Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico) bested a World’s Record that had stood since 1989.


Species:            Typical Mule Deer

Score:              205 0/8

Location:          Hermosillo, Mexico

Bowhunter:       George Harms

Year:                2009


George Harms - Mule Deer.

This gigantic mule deer exceeded the previous world’s record that had stood since 1979 (a mule deer from Colorado).


Species:            Alaska-Yukon Moose

Score:              249 1/8

Location:          Earn Lake, Yukon

Bowhunter:       Real Langlois

Year:                2008


Real Langlois - Alaska-Yukon Moose.

Like the other two, this new World’s Record exceeded one that had stood for a long time.  In fact, many believed the 248 0/8 bull that Michael Cusack shot in 1973 would stand as the world’s record Alaska-Yukon moose forever.

In addition to the 3 World’s Records, other extraordinary animals included:

  • The fourth largest black bear ever (22 8/16, taken in North Carolina, in November of 2008, by Thad Surrett)
  • A new #5 non-typical whitetail deer all-time (264 6/8, taken in Jackson County, Iowa, in October of 2008, by Kyle Simmons)

The 27th Recording Period (two-year period 1/1/09 to 12/31/10) again set a new record for total number of entries, with 8,717 entries accepted.

Just over 100 of the biggest and best animals taken in the last two years were requested and received for verification by the 27th Biennium Panel Judging Session prior to the Minnesota Convention.  These outstanding specimen represented all 34 categories of North American big game and were displayed in an unforgettable public exhibit during the four-day convention that was the Pope and Young Club’s big 50th Anniversary Celebration.


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