World Record Archery Mule Deer from Canada

In the backwoods of Canada, Dennis Bennett, set a new world record after

downing a non-typical mule deer with a bow and arrow in the Arm River area of

Saskatchewan on Oct. 1, 2018.

Bennett, a bow hunting member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF)

shot the Mule Deer that measured in with a score of 291 and 1/8 on the Pope &

Young scoring system, earning him the new world record for non-typical mule


The Pope & Young Club’s Record Program is only for animals that have been

taken by the use of bow and arrow, and measures the antlers, horns, or skulls of

certain wildlife that have to go through a drying period with a minimum of 60


The trophy antlers were also measured on the Saskatchewan Henry Kelsey Big

Game Records System, which uses the green score and does not require a drying

period, also having minimum score requirements.

Official Henry Kelsey measurers declared the non-typical Mule Deer antlers a

provincial record on Oct. 7, 2019. Scoring the antlers 293 and 6/8, meeting the

minimum score of 200, and surpassing the previous Henry Kelsey record of 290

earned by Nelson Clark in the 1920s.

“Bennett’s Non-Typical Mule Deer entry now joins Milo Hanson’s Buck (White-

tailed Deer) as another recognized world record harvested from Saskatchewan,”

said Warren Howse, SWF Henry Kelsey Chair in a press release. “It is indicative

of the quality of wildlife resources we cherish here in our province.”

Hunting Story

According to a Pope & Young news release on Jan. 19, Bennett was scouting the

Arm River area early on the morning of Oct. 1, 2018, when he spotted the large

non-typical Mule Deer and got within 44 yards of the animal. The deer was

spooked when another smaller buck that was bedded nearby was alerted,

causing both deer to run away uphill and into the trees.

Later that afternoon, Bennett returned to the area where he had spotted the huge

buck and found it close to where he had first seen it that morning. The buck was

sitting near the top of the hill, and thanks to a change in the wind and

circumstance, Bennett was able to follow the fence line at the hilltop to get

within 37 yards.

With the buck now standing at a perfect angle for the broadside shot, Bennett

took aim and ranged in the buck that was feeding on brush. Bennett said the shot

hit a little high as it was on such a steep angle, dropping the deer which then

rolled down the hill approximately 50 yards.

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