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.”
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.