Five new P&Y records.
Alaska Brown Bear--Texas bowhunter Jack Brittingham's giant brownie, arrowed near Lake Iliamna, has a skull measurement of a whopping 29 1/6 to beat the former world record by 12/16 inches. Co-holders of the previous record were Dr. Jack Frost and Monty Browning, who took their bears in 1987 and 1998, respectively.
Grizzly Bear--Dennis Dunn of Seattle shot his monster griz while hunting Alaska's Unalakleet River area. The bruin's official score is 26 3/16 Derril Lamb's and Jim Boyer's big bears, each scoring 25 13/16, had shared the world record title since '86.
Nontypical Whitetail--Mike Beatty's incredible Greene County, Ohio, buck tallied a final score of 294 0/8, easily breaking a record that had stood unchallenged for decades. In fact, "Old Mossy Horns," Del Austin's giant Nebraska whitetail, had reigned as the existing world record for 43 years. The P&Y Club also honored the well-known Beatty Buck with its prestigious Ishi Award.
Nontypical American Elk--Also shattered was an elk record that had stood for years. Arizona bowhunter Nick Franklin arrowed a Coconino County bull that stretched the tape to an unbelievable 442 inches to easily overshadow Steve Mullin's 1981 Idaho bull that scored 420 5/8.
Mountain Caribou--Pete Cintorino traveled north from his Idaho home to take a huge bull scoring 416 4/8. The new world record was shot near Yukon's Fire Lake. The old record was Chuck Adams' 413 6/8 bull downed in the Northwest Territories in 1995.
Watch for a complete report on the '05 Pope and Young Club gathering in the upcoming Oct/Nov '05 issue, due out in August.