Top 10 Biggest Pope and Young Typical Bucks of All Time
For many hunters, there is nothing like a perfect typical buck. The symmetry and design of tall, wide antlers that are equal on either side is definitely a sight to behold. It’s really hard to find a giant typical, and even harder to kill one with a bow. The 10 bucks below are the top 10 biggest pope and young typical bucks of all time and their photos and stories are worth checking out.
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10. Robert Miller- Iowa
9. Kent Anderson- Illinois
8. Barry Peterson- Colorado
7. Justin Metzner-Ohio
Justin Metzner took this great Ohio buck back in 2006 after driving three hours at 3 a.m. to his hunting grounds. Ohio has produced some dandies and this buck proves this state is definitely a trophy state. The deer scored an impressive 196 6/8 inches and was shot on October 21, 2006. It’s #7 in the list of the Top 10 P&Y Whitetails.
6. Don McGarvey- Edmonton, Alberta
Don McGarvey is the winner of the number 6 spot on the list of the Top 10 biggest P&Y bucks of all time and he shot this great deer in Edmonton Alberta in 1991. The deer was killed on September 20 and sported a huge 29-inch spread. It was shot in what is called the “Edmonton Bow Zone”. This area is a 1,600 square mile tract of land in Alberta that is only open to bow hunters.
5. Curt Van Lith- Minnesota
The 1986 archery season was a good one for Minnesota hunter Curt Van Lith. He chased a giant buck from 1983 to 1986 and finally was able to seal the deal in the 1986 archery season. The buck scored 197 6/8 inches and is one of the biggest typical bow kills ever. The deer features 11 points and almost 30 inch long main beams. It is tied for the fourth spot in the Top 10 biggest Pope and Young Typical Bucks of all time.
4. Lloyd Goad- Iowa
Iowa has had some amazing bucks shot in it, but Lloyd Goad’s 1962 bow kill is one of the best ever shot there. The deer nets an incredible 197 6/8 inches and has a nearly perfect 7×7 frame. In 1962, when it was shot, it was the No. 1 Typical Bow kill in the world, but lost it’s spot four years later to Mel Johnson. The most impressive part was that it was shot with a recurve bow and wooden arrows.
3. Tim Reed- Ohio
The third highest scoring Pope and Young Typical buck of all time goes to Tim Reed, who killed his 198 3/8 inch buck in Ohio in 2004. The buck was shot on public ground in Muskingum County on November 10 and has a gorgeous 7×7 frame. The G2’s tally over 14 inches long and are absolutely incredible.
2. Hubert Collins- Saskatchewan
The enormous buck shot by Hubert Collins in 2003 made waves across the whitetail world with rumors of a new potential world record Pope and Young. The long-standing record shot in 1965 was thought to have been beat, but in the end, Collins’ buck fell just short with a typical score of 203 3/8 inches. Collins shot this buck in Saskatchewan during a hunt that he was just hoping to kill a doe on. The deer has a 6×6 frame and an inside spread of 19 3/8 inches, showing how much mass this deer had.
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1. Mel Johnson-Illinois
One of the biggest and most iconic bucks ever shot in Illinois has to be the Mel Johnson buck. This deer has almost a 24 inch spread and 13 score able points. The buck scores a whopping 204 4/8 inches and is the largest Pope and Young Whitetail Buck ever shot.
Johnson shot this buck while using a recurve bow, on the ground, hiding in some brush in 1965. This is truly one of the most incredible hunts in history and was done the old fashioned way. It just goes to show you that all the gadgets and camo in the world are sometimes unnecessary.