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Nevada bowhunter harvests new world record typical mule deer

Photo credit: Frank Cheeney via Pope and Young
It’s official: Nevada bowhunter Frank Cheeney now holds the world record for largest typical mule deer ever taken with a bow. Cheeney shot the monster buck on Aug. 13, 2016 while hunting with his son, Aaron, in southeastern Nevada. Luck was on his side as they stalked through the dusty sagebrush, trying to edge closer to a group of bucks bedded down. While Cheeney waited for a shot, the largest in the bunch stood, making this hunt one for the record books.

“As luck would have it, the breeze was blowing straight in my face as I headed towards the bucks,” said Cheeney in a press release. “They seemed oblivious to my presence. As fate would have it, the biggest buck stood up from his bed. I drew my bow and with the deer in my sights I let the arrow fly.”

That buck was measured during the Pope And Young Club’s (P&Y) 30th Biennial Convention by two separate panels consisting of qualified measurers as well as a Boone & Crockett representative. Cheeney’s buck scored 205 6/8", topping the previous typical mule deer world record at 205 0/8".

“This was the first time the Pope and Young Club has used a Special Panel for verification of a potential World Record trophy,” said Ed Fanchin, P&Y Records Chairman, in a press release. “The score was authenticated and this tremendous mule deer was declared the new Pope and Young Club World Record typical mule deer. Congratulations to Frank Cheeney and to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for using successful wildlife management practices. It’s great to know...
My buddy Sam and I have been at it for a few weeks now. We've been defeated more times this season, than any previous season that I can remember. Our last hunt out there, about two weeks ago, every time we had a working bird, a hen would run in yelping and steal him away. One tom in particular, flew down from a ridge above, crossed a fence line and was heading straight towards us, when a hen came out of nowhere... he stopped in his tracks about 100 yards away, ended up breeding with her and Sam and I couldn't do anything but watch. We were hopeful that our hunt on Sunday would be different, and it was... but not at first.

Sunday morning, we decided to sit in an area that we've always talked about hunting, up on the hill. Birds always cross there and the hill ties into a big ridge line on an adjacent property, 1000's of acres of open land. As we're setting up the decoys and the blind, birds are lighting up the rolling hills and California oaks all around us. We count about 10-12 birds, and we're thinking... today is going to be the day. When the birds hit the ground it sounded like we had a group of 3 working our way, but then we heard a hen, once again... deal breaker. The morning would continue like this, hens all around us and no sight of the toms. They were there, definitely in the area, though they went fairly silent about mid morning. We heard a hen behind us, before we knew it, we could hear her purring right behind the blind. I peaked out the window, couldn't see her due to all the brush, but I thought, man.... she sounds like she's right there. As the morning continued, we finally had a single bird working in from the big property. Closer and closer he got, until I caught movement out of my side of the blind, there he was... but he was about 70-80 yards out and running for what seemed like, his life. He certainly was, because right behind him was a cow chasing after him. I kid you not, and it's actually not the first time we have watched one of them...

I have one and they are smart.