Will Your Buck Make the Book?

Crossbow hunters have their own record book. See if you quality.

The largest Typical B&C buck killed in the USA was taken with a crossbow.  You may also be surprised that the Boone and Crockett Club accepts animals taken with a crossbow as long as they meet their fair-chase qualifications.  Dustin Huff killed an Indiana buck in 2021 that scored 211 4/8ths with a used crossbow that he purchased from a friend for $300.

Pope & Young

Nearly every archer has heard of the Pope & Young Club, where deer and other North American game can be scored and entered.  Sadly, P&Y does not accept animals taken with a crossbow, so what does a horizontal archer do?  Answer- Enter the Bolt and Quarrel Club, designed especially for crossbow hunters.

Bolt and Quarrel Club

“Quarrel” is a French word for arrow, whereas “bolt” has a German derivation.  Regardless of the name, the Bolt and Quarrel Club is designed for archers who use crossbows and has a similar structure to the Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young scoring system.  They have a minimum score to make the “book,” which may be lower than you think.  A whitetail deer will qualify with a score of 125.  To see the list of minimum scores, click HERE.

Why Records are Important

Bagging a record book animal is a great achievement, and I’d be incorrect if we pretend that bragging rights aren’t a motivation.  Cavemen probably boasted over who clubbed the biggest meal.  However, entering an animal’s data into a crossbow system is important information for wildlife managers.  The major premise of anti-crossbow groups was that crossbows would decimate deer herds and that everyone would use them due to their ease of use.  Statistics have proven that this hasn’t happened, which is one of the reasons so many DNRs allow crossbows in archery seasons.

Many wildlife management decisions are based on harvest data, and awards programs add to this process.  Age and animal health are important elements in antler size, and harvest entries help measure progress in these areas.  Areas known for mature animals attract hunters, boosting local economies and motivating landowners to increase the age structure of their herd.  To reach the Quarrel and Bolt Club website, click HERE.




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