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.
10. Brian Andrews
It was Brian Andrews’ first year bowhunting and at 16 years old, I’m sure he would have been thrilled to kill just about any buck. But on Nov. 14, 2003, Andrews killed the buck of a lifetime.
After recovering the Buchanon County, Iowa, giant, Andrews recalled, “When I walked up on the buck, I was in total shock. I just stood there and stared at him.” I don’t think anyone can blame him for that either. His reaction seems perfectly normal, given the 253 1/8-inches buck he walked up on.
9. Robert K. Taylor
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.”
8. Ronald Ewert Jr.
If someone told me that a 255 6/8-inches buck was only the third largest bow killed non-typical whitetail in Kansas, I wouldn’t believe them for a second. But it’s true. If someone told me this buck was killed from the ground by a hunter who simply walked up to the buck while it was bedded 40 yards away, I still wouldn’t believe them. But it's all true.
Ewert’s 2004 bow killed buck truly defies belief, but that's how it goes with world-class whitetails. Taken on October 15 in Leavenworth County, Kan., this buck was the largest Ewert had ever seen in his life.
7. Kenneth B. Fowler
Taken in Reno County, Kan., Kenneth B. Fowler’s No. 7 non-typical Pope & Young whitetail is truly a unique buck. With sensational brow tines and a tight, tall frame, this buck definitely stands out in a crowd. Fowler killed this giant Oct. 22, 1988, and it’s held it’s own near the top of the Kansas record books ever since. Coming in at 257 inches, it’ll be a hard one to beat for many years to come.
6. Dale R. Larson
Many Kansas hunters have grown accustomed to seeing heavy horned, big-bodied bucks. But every once in awhile a whitetail comes along that even impresses the locals, and for Dale R. Larson, this was certainly the case with his 1998 bow kill. With a score of 263 1/8 inches, Larson’s monster buck comes in as the No. 6 non-typical in the Pope & Young record books.
Killed on Nov. 7 in Pottawatomie County, Kan., this giant whitetail sported 31 points, an impressive 24 2/8-inch spread and a long, spiraling drop tine. Needless to say, this was a jaw-dropper of a buck, no matter what state it came from.
Read more here: 10 Biggest Pope and Young Non-Typical Whitetails of All Time