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
||*Mule Deer, non-typical
||170 (12 4/8)
||*Whitetail Deer, typical
||*Whitetail Deer, non-typical
||*Roosevelt’s (Olympic) Elk
|*Barren Ground Caribou
||*American Elk, typical
|*Central Canada Barren Ground Caribou
||*American Elk, non-typical
||Rocky Mountain Goat
|*Columbian Blacktail Deer, typical
|*Columbian Blacktail Deer, non-typical
|*Sitka Blacktail Deer
|*Coues’ Deer, typical
||Dall’s (White) Sheep
|*Coues’ Deer, non-typical
||Desert Bighorn Sheep
|*Mule Deer, typical
*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.