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.
While whitetail get all the press and the Coues in Arizona and Mexico are highly sought after, the Rocky Mountain mule deer tends to get lost in the shuffle. To help amend that, we have compiled a gallery of the Top Ten SCI Record Book Typical Free Range Rocky Mountain Mule Deer.
#4 David Meyer’s magnificent muley measured 223 even and was taken on the Arizona Strip in 2011.
#10 Merle Barnaby took this hansome buck measuring 217 1/8 on a self-guided hunt near White River Colorado in 1968.
#5 John Woodruff harvested this wide tined beauty near Mohave County, Arizona in 2010. It measured 221 3/8.
#3 Matthew Liljenquist took this big buck in Mohave County, Arizona in 2010. It measured 223 2/8.
#6 J. Larry Barr took this beautiful buck measuring 221 2/8 in 1996 in Southeast Idaho.
#9 Bill Goswick displays the rack that measured 217 4/8. He shot this buck in Routt County, Colorado in 1969.
#7 Peter “The Greek” Tsoulamanis took this muley buck measuring 220 4/8 with bow and arrow in 2007 near Calgary, Alberta
#8 Dow Rippy poses with the 219 2/8 buck he took in Garfield County Colorado in 2003.
#1 Max Keele Johnson took this monster muley in San Juan County Utah in 1968. This buck scored 228 5/8.
#2 Del Brady’s superior buck measured 226 3/8. He bagged him in Garfield County Utah in 2008.
Reason No. 10—It’s an experience you can’t afford to miss!
Kick off the new year with four days of excitement, entertainment and education that can only be found in Reno at the Ultimate Hunters’ Market® – The SCI Annual Hunter’s Convention.
It’s the only show of its kind where you can see a unique combination of the latest guns and hunting equipment, outfitters from six continents, world class artists and entertainers all under one roof.
The convention offers a rare opportunity to find that hunt of a lifetime at the price of a lifetime, meet outfitters, face-to-face and mingle with industry experts.
By day, dozens of seminars presented by industry experts and celebrities give you a chance to learn new techniques, enhance your skills and become a better hunter and outdoorsman. Check out the auctions that run both day and night. They feature items ranging from the practical to priceless. At night, socialize with your fellow hunters, celebrate their accomplishments and enjoy top entertainment and speakers.
The total experience is one that is hard to describe, but never forgotten. And, ultimately by coming to Reno, you contribute directly to wildlife conservation worldwide and the preservation of our hunting legacy.