Do you Know the Pope And Young Minimum Scores?
By Toby Trigger


Maybe you are like me and don’t really care about tape measures and record books.  Or maybe you do care and you are trying to “make the book” on several species.  Still yet, maybe a scoring system is good for relaying information like “I saw a One-hundred-fifty class white-tailed buck or a 300 inch bull elk.  What does that mean?

Here’s the official Pope and Young Chart posted on their website at :https://www.pope-young.org/records/score_chart.asp

MINIMUM POINT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
Under the heading of North American big game are the following species categories with their appropriate minimum entry score requirements (using the Boone & Crockett/Pope & Young scoring system). Geographic boundaries, as described in the publication Pope and Young Club Measurer’s Manual, are established for the categories.

Alaska Brown Bear 20 *Mule Deer, non-typical 170 (12 4/8)
Black Bear 18 *Whitetail Deer, typical 125
Grizzly Bear 19 *Whitetail Deer, non-typical 155 (15)
Polar Bear 20 *Roosevelt’s (Olympic) Elk 225
Bison 100 *Tule Elk 225
*Barren Ground Caribou 325 *American Elk, typical 260
*Central Canada Barren Ground Caribou 300 *American Elk, non-typical 300 (20)
*Mountain Caribou 300 Rocky Mountain Goat 40
*Quebec/Labrador Caribou 300 *Alaska/Yukon Moose 170
*Woodland Caribou 220 *Canada Moose 135
Cougar 13 8/16 *Shiras’ Moose 125
*Columbian Blacktail Deer, typical  95 Muskox 90
*Columbian Blacktail Deer, non-typical 115 (10) Pronghorn Antelope 67
*Sitka Blacktail Deer 75 Bighorn Sheep 140
*Coues’ Deer, typical 70 Dall’s (White) Sheep 120
*Coues’ Deer, non-typical 80 (5) Desert Bighorn Sheep 120
*Mule Deer, typical 145 Stone’s Sheep 120

*Velvet entries are accepted. The same minimums apply as for the corresponding hard-horned category.

For official measurements you must let the skull dry for a minimum period of time and have an official scorer from the Pope and Young club measure your trophy.

 

For your best guess while in the field, well, you can just wing it.






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