Short Shots


Published: August - 2004

For decades, the Chadwick Ram has been recognized by many sportsmen as the most outstanding big game animal ever recorded in North America. Now, in my opinion, there is another serious contender for this honor. Seems Boone & Crockett has recognized a giant non-typical (11 x 15) Coues deer rack from Arizona as a new World Record at their 25th Big Game Awards Banquet in Kansas City. Its official score is 196-2/8 points! It was taken in either the late 60s or early 70s on the San Carlos Reservation.

Apparently, before this rack was discovered recently by a horn buyer, it had lain around for years. Several points were broken off. Others were gnawed down by rats. Can you imagine what this rack scored before all that damage?

Indeed, by any measure, this is an amazing trophy that has to be considered right up there with the best ever taken in North America. Consider for a moment how it compares to the Chadwick ram in terms of its Boone & Crockett score. The stone sheep minimum for an All-Time B & C award is 170 points. For a non-typical Coues deer, it's 120 points. The World Record Chadwick ram scores 196-6/8 points, or 16 percent more than the minimum in that category. The new Coues deer scores 64 percent more than the minimum in its category! Note also how these two trophies compare against the second highest score in their respective category. The Chadwick ram exceeds the next closest entry by six-plus points, while the new Coues deer rack exceeds the old record by a whopping 10-plus points.

I could go on, but you get the picture: This new World Record Coues deer is in a class by itself. Mind you, I am not belittling the Chadwick ram. It's just that this new World Record Coues is so much bigger than any previous bucks that have been recorded. There are a lot more sheep hunters than Coues deer fanatics, and the fraternity of sheep hunters is certainly an avid lot. So, this Coues........(continued)

 
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