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Arizona hunter harvests world record nontypical Coues deer

 

Arizona coues deer
Photo credit: Pope & Young Club

Congratulations to Arizona hunter Wesley Ely who now holds the Pope & Young Club (P&Y) world record for nontypical Coues deer. Ely, who shot the velvet buck in August 2017, had the buck officially scored by a P&Y special panel of judges earlier this month. After it was stripped of velvet, the buck’s official measurement came in at 139 2/8, which ties with the existing P&Y world record.

Here’s the story of the hunt in Ely’s own words, per a P&Y press release:

“It all began on a summer scouting trip in 2013 when I noticed a young buck with massive antlers. I continued to scout and occasionally hunt the area while the buck kept getting bigger each year. After an unsuccessful 2017 early hunt, I decided to devote all of my time-off to find the buck’s summer habits. 16 days before opening day, I began to pattern this elusive animal.

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“On opening day in the middle of public land, I couldn’t help but hope that I was the only person chasing this big Coues’ deer. I watched the buck through my binoculars for four hours that morning and waited until he bedded down for the day. After an hour hike into the canyon, I was looking at the biggest Coues’ buck I had ever seen. In a stalk that seemed like an eternity, I crept and crawled closer to this small-bodied giant. I took my time, carefully applying all the things I had learned for years on how to make a successful stalk. As I released the arrow, my heart filled with hope and anticipation! Shaking with excitement, I watched through binoculars as the buck, with a complete pass through, slowly disappeared over the hill.

“When I discovered the Coues’ buck I had been hunting for four years lying motionless, I was in complete awe. I sat silently for a few minutes; admiring this intelligent animal and reflecting on what a humbling challenge it had been to take such an incredible buck.”

Ely’s Coues deer will be displayed during P&Y’s 31st Biennial Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, which will be held April 10 to 13, 2019.

Congratulations, Wesley!

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Dustin F. - posted 4 months ago on 06-05-2018 12:15:56 pm
Carmel Valley, CA
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Way to go Man, awesome hunt. Congrats on your perseverance and excellence! What a great looking deer.

Ty W. - posted 4 months ago on 06-03-2018 09:51:14 pm
Astoria, OR
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Now that a dedicated hunter! Congrats on all your hard work and homework paying off.

Josh B. - posted 4 months ago on 05-30-2018 08:20:47 am
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Well deserved!

Dan L. - posted 4 months ago on 05-30-2018 08:21:43 am
Corona de Tucson, AZ
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This is awesome. Lately I've been really eager to get out and start scouting for the upcoming season and seeing this isn't helping. Congratulations!