A hunter recently shot a potentially new Pope & Young world record caribou while hunting in Newfoundland.
Last September, Jeff Samson of Newfoundland shot an incredible woodland caribou with his bow. This old brute measured 376 7/8″ “green,” which means it could possibly be the new world record caribou in the Pope & Young Record book.
Though he knew it was a really nice caribou, Mr. Samson had no idea at the time just what an incredible trophy he had just shot. He shot the big bull primarily for the meat and only researched the record potential of the caribou out of curiosity. By the time he discovered that the caribou was a potential world record, he had already disposed of the carcass and eaten most of the meat, though he did keep the antlers.
As reported by The Sportsman’s Guide, a panel of master scorers from the Pope & Young Club must verify the official score and ensure that it indeed meets the criteria to be the new world record caribou. This will establish with near 100% certainty exactly what the score of this new caribou is after the trophy has time to dry.
The previous Pope & Young world record caribou was taken in 1966 by Dempsey Cape in Victoria River, Newfoundland and scored 345 2/8″. Though the record stood for over 47 years, the caribou that Mr. Samson just shot could break the record by an incredible 31″!
Similar in many ways to The Boone & Crockett Club or Safari Club International records, the Pope & Young Record book only accepts animals that were hunted using archery equipment. At this time, it is not known where this incredible caribou would rank in either the B&C or SCI record books.