In the late afternoon of September 5th, 2013, local Newfoundland resident Jeff Samson stalked an exceptional looking bull caribou to within 15 yards. The single fatal bow shot yielded an extraordinary specimen of unparalleled size. The bull has an initial record book entry score that could completely shatter the current P&Y World’s Record once it is verified.

The current World’s Record woodland caribou is – 345 2/8 Victoria River, Newfoundland – 1966 – Dempsey Cape

The Dempsey Cape woodland caribou, which is currently on display in the Pope and Young Club’s Museum of Bowhunting in Chatfield, Minnesota, is one of the longest standing current P&Y World’s Records—having stood as the WR for 48 years!!

Mr. Samson’s woodland caribou has an initial entry score that is a whopping 31 inches larger than the existing World’s Record. It’s initial entry score, 376 7/8, is yet subject to Panel Judging verification, which may change the final accepted score for a variety of reasons, including unusual shrinkage, initial mis-measurement, etc.

Woodland caribou are the smallest of five subspecies of caribou recognized by the Pope and Young Club’s Records Program (barren ground caribou, mountain caribou, Central Canada barren ground caribou, Quebec/Labrador caribou and woodland caribou). Woodland caribou are currently found in sustained huntable populations throughout the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

This caribou is entered into the current, ongoing 29th Recording Period—the biennium representing entries accepted into the P&Y Records Program from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

New world’s records are verified and proclaimed, and awards are presented to these outstanding animals during the Pope and Young Club’s biennial convention and awards banquet.

Prior to the actual convention and banquet, outstanding trophies are requested to be sent to a designated site for panel judging.  Panel Judging is a process of verification of the final scores of antlers, horns and skulls of the highest ranking North American big game specimen entered during that two-year recording period.  A hand-picked team of highly knowledgeable and experienced certified measurers gather for the actual scoring.  Congratulations to Mr. Samson on this incredible animal!

See this outstanding North American big game specimen, plus roughly 100 more of the biggest and best over the last two years, on display at the Pope and Young Club’s National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, April 15-18, 2015.


Rick Mowery @: • Ph: 989.884.3800

Image courtesy Pope & Young Club

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