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How to SCI Score a Non-Typical Mule Deer

SCI’s Master Measurer Chris Emery shows you how to score a non-typical mule deer on SCI’s 18NT score sheet.

 

Number 2 Northeastern Non-Typical Estate Whitetail

#2-Northeastern-White-tailMy hunt was September 17 through 20, 2012 at Quest Haven where more than 2000 acres of mountains are covered with oak trees and a few pines. The ranch is an estate operation that controls genetics and age structure.

Hunting is from box blinds overlooking food plots. Roads and food plots were made with bulldozers and trucked in topsoil and Quest Haven has done a magnificent job in this huge undertaking. There are about 40 box blinds, with unbelievable obstacles to overcome in their construction.

The first morning we saw no deer from the blind, and started walking back so as to not disturb the area. After walking awhile, Heath Walk my guide, said he spotted a big deer bedded down in brush on the mountainside. Looking with my binoculars, I could not find it. All I saw was whitish tree roots sticking out, but no deer. After a while looking, I saw the tree roots move just slightly–THAT was the deer!

We could barely see the deer as brush and trees were in the way. With the binoculars we could see its outline facing away from us resting its rack on a log. The only shot I had was through a 4″ hole in the brush where its shoulder was exposed at an angle.The distance was 80 yards.

Heath asked if I thought I could make the shot. Thinking that might be my only chance at it, I said yes. We sat down on the trail, gun on my knee, scope on 10 power. I leaned my elbow on Heath to steady myself.

Heath told Bryson Weyandt, his brother-in-law and also a guide, to put his knees in my back to steady me. I shot, and nothing happened! My first thought was I had hit brush. Heath, who had his binoculars on the deer, said the rack slightly twitched, and that was it! The “tree roots” were dead!

When we got to the deer, we were awestruck. It was a monster! Heath said it was the biggest deer ever taken at Quest Haven, and guessed it over 500″. Heath called his Dad, Russ, to help us. Lots more “WOWS” and pictures followed. It was a majestic sight to see. 82 points, extreme mass and palmation, 33″ outside spread, and a 20 some pound rack.

The Walk family at Quest Haven could not be any nicer, accommodating or knowledgeable. This was a hunt I purchased on auction at the National SCI Convention in Las Vegas this past January, and I added a few other critters to my hunt. Chris Emery from SCI Headquarters scored this buck for me after and between doing measuring seminars at the Nebraska SCI Convention in February. I am also a Master Measurer, but this rack was past my knowledge. The final score is 569 6/8. It’s the Number 2 Northeastern, non-typical, estate white-tail at this time! I feel extremely lucky, and blessed!–Gale Sup

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Alaska Brown Bear Records

Male Alaska brown bear have a head and body length of 7 to 9 feet, sometimes more. Tail length is 4 to 5 inches. They are 4 to 4-1/2 feet high at the shoulder and weigh 800 to 1,000 pounds and sometimes much more. Females are considerably smaller.

With the possible exception of the polar bear, the Alaska brown bear is the largest land-dwelling carnivore in the world. It is considerably larger than its close relatives the grizzly or the brown bears of Europe and Asia. Its great size is the result of an abundant and protein-rich salmon diet and the relatively mild climate in which it lives. It has a prominent hump on its shoulders, a concave facial profile and short and stout legs ending in large paws. Its long, thick coat is usually brown in color, although individuals vary from blond to almost black.

Behaviorally, they are unsociable and usually solitary except when mating or when forced by circumstances to share a salmon fishery with other bears. With no enemies other than humans, it is active at all hours. Breeding takes place during May and June. The female mates every second or third year, producing a litter of one to four and usually two cubs that are born in the den in January or February. She is an excellent mother, the cubs remaining with her at least two years, and often three or four. An Alaska brown bear is full grown at 10 to 11 years and has a life expectancy, barring accidents, of 25 to 30 years. Individuals have lived in captivity more than 36 years.

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Omnivorous, it eats grasses, sedges, roots, bulbs, berries, rodents, salmon and also carrion. Eyesight is only fair, but hearing and sense of smell are very acute. Usual pace is a slow walk, but capable of running fast though unable to jump. It is an excellent swimmer and cubs can climb trees, but adults, with their long foreclaws and heavy bodies, cannot. Alaska brown bears are normally silent, but can growl, grunt, roar, sniff and cough. They’re extremely strong, highly alert and usually cautious and unaggressive toward man, but there are exceptions. They retire to their dens during the cold of winter and hibernates for months. A sleeping bear can come out of hibernation with little provocation, and a bear will often leave its den in late winter to briefly wander outside.

Habitat is restricted to a narrow strip of the Alaskan coast, plus adjacent islands, within reach of spawning salmon runs. These bears are at home anywhere within this area, from saltwater beaches through swamps and forests to rocky mountainsides above the tree line.

They are distributed in Coastal Alaska from the Yukon River delta southward and eastward to the British Columbia border, plus the offshore islands–notably Kodiak, Afognak, Montague, Baranof, Chicagof and Admiralty.

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For record-keeping purposes, SCI classifies all brown bears taken in Alaska Game Management Units 1-10 and 14-18 as Alaska brown bears. Those units encompass the area from the saltwater coast to the first ridge of inland mountains. All other brown bears from Alaska are considered grizzly bears. This boundary effectively separates the larger, salmon-eating, short-hibernating coastal bears from the smaller interior bears.

One of the top trophies of the North American continent, the Alaska brown bear is hunted on foot under trying conditions. Wearing hip boots and rain gear and carrying a heavy rifle, the hunter must wade rivers and negotiate muskeg swamps, tag alder thickets, steep mountainsides and soft snow. Should he find a good bear after long hours of glassing and waiting, he must get within range quickly because bears seldom remain in one place for long. He must shoot well, for a wounded brown bear is a very serious matter. He should be prepared to spend as many as half his allotted hunting days confined to his tent (or cabin, if he is lucky) in weather too foul to hunt. He can count on being wet, cold, and bone-tired much of the time, and he should use enough gun, for an Alaska brown bear is very large and very tough.

 

SCI’s Eye In The Sky

SCI’s Record Book and World Hunting Awards are a great way to document your hunting heritage and help fight poaching at the same time. Conservation and anti-poaching funds from the Record Book and World Hunting Awards Department support successful anti-poaching projects. One project that the SCI Foundation Conservation Committee and the SCI Record Book Committee helps to underwrite is a Microlight operating in Maswa. The Microlight provides an “eye in the sky” to help locate poaching and direct ground crews. From the air, pilots have observed poacher camps, snare lines and wildlife concentrations.

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