New World Record Mule Deer with a Bow?
So here is the biggest rumor and news of 2011 – A possible world record archery mule deer. There is not much information yet on this buck and is being held pretty quiet for now (I can understand that). But some information that has been trickling through is this buck was taken last week in Saskatchewan, Canada by Cody Robbins. This monster double drop tine buck could quite possibly be the biggest mule deer taken with a bow. Numbers of 295 gross and 287 net P&Y are being thrown around right now. Until I can find out some more definite information, this is what we have to go by. (Update: I have now heard that the green score came in at 294 6/8 gross and 287 7/8 net).
So what does this mean?
This is big news! If this information is true, could this buck really be the new world’s record? The current world record buck from Pope & Young is the Kenneth Plank mule deer that officially net scores 274 7/8 inches. The Plank buck was taken in Colorado in 1987 and has stood a long time as the top spot, which is quite surprising when you think about how far bowhunting and archery equipment has come in the last 20 years. There have been some big archery bucks taken in years past, but nothing to beat out the Plank buck. If the green score of 287 net holds up with this new buck, it could very well become the new world record.
What about the velvet?
Clearly this buck was taken in the velvet. Pope and Young does accept and recognize velvet bucks, but in their own separate category. However, it is important to note that a velvet buck will not be recognized as an official world record. It can be the biggest velvet buck, but won’t be the top dog even if it scores higher than the current score of 274 7/8 P&Y. The Kenneth Plank buck was taken hard-horned in 1987.
What are the Options?
If Cody Robbins really did arrow this monster buck and scores what it does, he has a choice to make. Keep it in the velvet and probably easily be the biggest archery buck….but no chance at world record? Or strip the velvet and wait the 60-day drying period and enter it hard-horned. If the score still comes in higher than 274 7/8 net, he will be the new world record. It will take some time as it will have to wait to be panel scored to be officially official. At a possible green net score of 287, he does have some room to play with. It is still green, so there will be some shrinkage for sure after 60 days. Add to the fact that if he strips the velvet he will lose additional inches on top of that. It all comes down to how tight they green score it and keep the numbers very conservative so there are not big surprises later (I have seen that happen all too many times).
Update 1/26/2012:Cody’s buck has been officially scored by Pope & Young at 288 net non-typical. This scores includes the velvet. Cody has chosen to keep the velvet on at this time. Will he keep the velvet or end up stripped it down as this score easily beats out the current world record? We will wait and see.
Current Official World Record Non-typical Mule Deer with a Bow
Kenneth Plank buck courtesy of Pope & Young Club
The Kenneth Plank buck was taken in 1987 in Colorado and has maintained the worlds biggest mule deer taken with a bow for 24 years.
What is the Biggest Non-typical Velvet Mule Deer taken with a Bow?
Friends Richard Burton and Ron Cordes were sitting in a Saskatchewan crop field during the 2005 season waiting for the right moment to arrow what now has become the largest archery non-typical velvet buck in the world. After the drying period, the Burton/Cordes buck officially scored 271 7/8 net P&Y.
There is no question they grow them big up North of the Border as it looks like another Saskatchewan buck is headed to the all time record books. I will keep you posted as new information surfaces about this amazing archery buck. Comments are open if you have more information to share.