A truly North American native species, the pronghorn is the sole survivor of a prehistoric group of ungulates that populated North America as long a 2 million years ago. The pronghorn was here before other game animals and humans crossed the Bering land bridge. The pronghorn is fast, able to achieve speeds of up to 60mph and able to maintain speeds of 40 to 50 mph for several miles. While it doesn’t take cover, it is constantly on the alert and stealth and patience is vital to get within shooting range especially when hunting with muzzleloaders or bow.
Here are the current Top Ten Pronghorn from the SCI Record Book.
#1 John Grimmet took this beauty in New Mexico in 1986. It measures 99 7/8″.
#2 belongs to Michael Gallo who took this pronghorn in 2011 in Catron County, New Mexico. It measured 99 2/8″.
#4 David Meyer took this 97 5/8″ pronghorn near Yavapai County, AZ in 2008 with Tony Grimmett of Pronghorn Guide Services.
#5 Reade Taylor bagged this 97 4/8″ pronghorn in Converse County, WY with Dick Lisco of Lisco Ranch.
#6 Patrick Brewer got lucky in Coconino County, AZ with this 97 2/8″ pronghorn taken in 2003 with the help of Eli Grimmett of Pronghorn Guide Service.
#8 Wayne Webber took this pronghorn in 2004 in Yavapai County, AZ with Pronghorn Guide Service. it measures 96 5/8″.
#9 Denny Austad holds the number nine spot with this 96 2/8″ pronghorn taken in Arizona, guided by Pronghorn Guide Service.
#9 Kirk Winward took this 96 2/8″ buck in Catron County, NM with Dave Brown of Pronghorn Guide Service.
#10 Jeff Erickson took this 96 1/8″ pronghorn buck in Coconino County, Arizona in 2014.
#10 Dale Hislop took this 96 1/8″ pronghorn in 2003 near Lincoln County, NM with Trevor Cox.
#3 Dale Hislop took this 99″ pronghorn in 2014 in Mohave County, Arizona with the help of Clay Bravo.
The Southern Impala, like most of the impala species is noted for its speed and agility, traits that make hunting them a bit more challenging than some of the other African plains game. From Angola to Zimbabwe, the Southern Impala currently enjoys strong population numbers, making them a must have on any safari hunters list, and with over 4,000 entries in the SCI Record Book, one of the most popular species for the modern trophy hunter. Here are the top ten Southern Impala as currently recorded in the SCI Record Book.
The #4 Southern Impala was taken by Lawrence Wolfgram in 2003 in Thabazimbi R.S.A. with Mbalabala Safaris. It measured 68 4/8″. Unfortunately there is no image of this impala.
#1 Jan Loubser bagged this monster buck near Limpopo, R.S.A. in 2007. It measures 69 6/8″.
#2 Lemmer Petrus Britz scored this beauty near Thabazimbi, R.S.A. in 2007 with Dries Visser Safaris. It measured 69″.
#3 Jeffrey Osment holds the number 3 spot with this big impala taken in 2005 with Hannes Els. It measures 68 6/8″.
#5 belongs to Gerald Beck. Taken in 1996 near Transvaal, R.S.A. with Andreas Duhring of Ntshonalanga Safaris, it measured 68 3/8″.
#5 David Frederick is also in at number five with this big buck he took with de Klerk Safaris in Kalahari, R.S.A. in 2007. It measures 68 3/8″.
#6 Alfredo Julian took this impala near Bray, R.S.A. in 2000 with Doug Cox of Thwane Hunting Safaris. It measures 68 2/8″.
#7 William Mosesian bagged this Southern impala in 1976 in Transvaal, R.S.A. guided by John Coleman. It measured 68 1/8″.
#7 Sten Sjogren took this beautiful impala in 2005 in Thaba Thola, Republic of South Africa guided by Mark Dedekind. It measures 68 1/8″.
#7 Donald J. Wilson rounds out the three-way tie for the number 7 spot with this impala taken nin 2005 in Ingogo, R.S.A. with Ingogo Safaris. It measures out at 68 1/8″.
#8 belongs to Rick Warner who bagged this impala in 2002 near Hoopstad, R.S.A. with Phillip de Bruyn of Sanveld Safaris. It measures 67 6/8″.
#9 C. James Baille took this impala in Thabazimbi, R.S.A. with Thabazimbi Safaris. It measured out at 67 4/8″.
#10 Clayton Williams III took the number ten impala in 2002 with Steven Edkins of Coenraad Vermaak Safaris. It measures 67 3/8″.
The Gredos Ibex is one of the most coveted trophies of the mountain regions of Spain. They are the largest of the Spanish Ibex with the biggest horns. These traits coupled with the difficult terrain of their habitat make these majestic animals a must for any mountain hunters bucket list. Here are the top ten from the SCI Record Book.
#3 Juan Bilbao Hormaeche took the number 3 spot with this Ibex taken in Madrigal de la Vera, Spain guided by Francisco Torraba of Great Spanish Hunts in 2011. It measures 99 3/8″.
#1 Alexander Smuzikov holds the number one spot with this magnificent Gredos Ibex taken in 2012 in Leon N.R. Riano, Spain with Great Spanish Hunts. It measures 106 7/8″.
#2 Arturo Gutierrez makes the list with his Gredos Ibex taken in 2008 near Leon N.R. Riano, Spain with ESPACAZA. It measures 101 7/8″.
#4 Dr. M. Gomez Sequeira bagged the number 4 Gredos in 1990 in Salamanca, Spain. Measurement was 97 2/8″.
#5 Esteban Larragain took this beatiful Gredos near Avila, Spain in 2013 guided by Jose Mallo. It measured 97 1/8″.
#6 H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani scored the number six Gredos in 2003 near Riano, Spain. It measures 96 4/8″.
#6 In 2012 Jorge Alberto Ferreiro took this ibex in the Gredos Mountains guided by Curro Carrizosa. It measures 96 4/8″.
#7 Arturo Gutierrez takes the number 7 spot with this beauty taken in Avila, Spain in 2005. It measured 95 3/8″.
#9 Charles D. Patterson bagged this 94 7/8″ ibex near Castilla-Y-Leone Soria Spain in 2007.
#10 Arturo Gutierrez took this Gredos Ibex in 2013 near Avila, Spain with Jose Mallo of ESPACAZA. It measured 94 5/8″.
#5 Kenneth Behring scored with this ibex taken near Salamanca, Spain in 1994. It measures 97 1/8″.
When thoughts turn to hunting Africa, one of the indisputable images that comes to mind is invariably one of a charging elephant with ears flaring and trumpeting his rage at being disturbed. While the lion has been called the king of beasts, it is the elephant that rules the African veldt. Modern management techniques and sound biological science, keep populations in many African nations at huntable numbers, but poaching and well intentioned mismanagement still pose a threat. Here are the SCI Record Book Top Ten African Elephant entries.
#2 (no image) Roberto de Cesare scored the number 2 elephant near the Akobo River, Ethiopia in 1986. Guided by Nassos Roussos, the tusks weighed 288 lbs.
#3 (no Image) Jan Schalling took the number three elephant in 1978 in Haute Ouboume, C.A.R. with the help of Luis Lopes da Silva. The tusks weighed 286 lbs.
#1 Marc Pechenart holds the number one spot with this 302 pounder taken in Mbomou, C.A.R. in 1970.
#4 Ray G. Petty bagged this nice set of tusks in 1986 near Gambella, Ethiopia with Tom Mattanovich guiding. They weighed in at 282 1/2 lbs.
#5 was taken with a bow and arrow by Robert Eastman in 1975 in Mucusso, Angola. Robert was guided by Angola Safaris and the tusks weighed 270 lbs.
#6 Marc Pechenart bagged this tusker in 1978 in Mbombou, C.A.R. It scored at 265.
#7 Helmut Seilstorfer took this big bull with the help of guide Tom Mattanovich in the Goderre Region of Ethiopia in 1989. The tusks weighed 258 1/2 pounds.
#8 belongs to Marc Pechenart who bagged this 248 pounder in 1972 near Mbomou, C.A.R.
#9 Taken by Watson Yoshimoto in 1965, this bull’s tusks weighed in at 245 lbs. Bill Jenvy was the guide.
#10 John Fritze took this elephant in 1986 with Nassos Roussos near Ilubabor, Ethiopia. Combined tusk weight was 244 lbs.