A archery ew world record banteng has been taken by a bowhunter on the Coburg Peninsula of Australia. The bull green-scores an incredible 79 3/8 SCI, smashing the current No. 1 SCI record of 67 7/8 in the bow category and possibly beating out the No. 1 banteng in the rifle hunting category, which scores 78. We'll know for sure once the required 60-day drying period has passed. The lucky hunter is Ricardo Longoria. He took the trophy with Simon Kyle-Little of Australian Big Game Safaris, guiding for Peter Davidson's Arnhemland Hunting Safaris. Longoria says he stalked the bull 60 to 80 yards on his hands and knees through thick grass to get a 20-yard shot. The brush made shooting difficult, but Longoria says the bull eventually moved into a clear shooting lane. Longoria says he had no clue he had taken a world record animal until it was on the ground and Kyle-Little announced the news.
We have posted a photo of the banteng to the Trophy Gallery section of our web site (www.huntingreport.com). Regardless of whether it finally ranks as the new No. 1 or No. 2, the horns on this beast are truly impressive. Australia, of course, is the only place in the world where you can currently hunt truly wild, free-ranging banteng.