Over 50 years ago near Seattle, Wash., Glenn St. Charles founded the Pope and Young Club to “advocate and encourage responsible bowhunting by promoting quality, fair chase hunting, and sound conservation practices.” Since then the Pope and Young Club has grown into one of the largest bowhunting groups in the country, especially for bowhunters.
We decided to dive into those record books to find the 10 most impressive whitetails ever taken with a bow. We’ve highlighted the 10 highest scoring non-typical bucks entered into the Pope and Young records, but it’s important to remember that antler score isn’t everything.
Glen St. Charles offered the following reminder many years ago, but it still holds true today.
“I’d just like to remind everybody that it’s about the hunting, not just the killing. In other words, it’s about the total experience, the sport itself and the challenge involved. Bowhunting, done right, is a justifiable and honorable pursuit.”
Enjoy the photos and stories of these remarkable whitetails and dream big, because someday it might be you behind one of these once-in-a-lifetime racks.
- The old saying might seem cliché, but it has to be said here. They claim “everything is bigger in Texas,” and Robert Taylor’s 2012 buck is evidence that there’s some truth to it. At 254 4/8 inches, Taylor’s buck comes in at No. 9 in the all time Pope & Young non-typical whitetail ranks, and it does so in style. With multiple drop tines and 129 6/8 inches of abnormal points, this is a heck of a whitetail to behold. Robert Taylor explained his feelings on this buck by saying, “I guess it was just my time. I’ve waited all my life to kill a deer like this. To be able to pull it off with a bow and arrow made it even more special.”
Mark Kenyon runs Wired To Hunt, one of the top deer hunting resources online, featuring daily deer hunting news, stories and strategies for the whitetail addict.