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Four New Pope and Young Awards Announced

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.


Species:            Polar bear

Score:              26 10/16

Location:          Cape Brown, Northwest Territories

Bowhunter:       Jimmie Ryan

Year:                2008

WR Ryan Polar Bear

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


Pope_Young Panel Photos

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

WR_Tule_Audrey Goodnight

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

WR Hens Desert Sheep

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.




Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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