I should probably get more familiar with how Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett records are kept prior to this post. What are the categories? Are there separate records for varying weapons? I’ve just never been close to either for a trophy so I haven’t really researched it. I didn’t purchase mechanicals for broad heads because someone said if I got something worthy it wouldn’t count. I started to draft this post with the intentions of stating if someone gets a Boone & Crocket or Pope & Young while hunting over bait there should be an asterisk beside their entry. Well I just checked B&C official site and the policy for baiting is as follows: “Trophies taken with the aid of bait are eligible for entry in the Club’s Awards Programs and listing in the records books so long as the practice is legal in the state or province where the trophy was taken.” I could not locate a specific Position Statement from P&C on hunting over bait. That just nullified my original post idea but then again it got me thinking that a trophy doesn’t necessarily have to be a Boone and Crockett or Pope & Young. (That’s what us none Record Books holders always say J) Interestingly enough I did find that my Bowtech Assassin does qualify for taking at P&C but will be recorded with an asterisk. “Effective January 1, 2004, animals taken with bows have nominal percent of let-off greater than 65 percent shall be listed with an asterisk (*) in the Records” No wait nominal percent of let off cannot be 85%. Guess I don’t qualify for P&C unless I go back to my PSE Coyote recurve. Would I love to say I have P&C or B&C on the wall? Sure I would. Can I say that if I didn’t actually submit my entry? I suppose not. Is it still a trophy heck yeah! I still won’t hunt over bait. But I’ll sit on a road planted with winter rye grass in the late season. Hmmmmmm. Hunting these days has me questioning my own ethics of what I consider an asterisk in my game log.
My only trophy qualified for the Biggest Bucks in Maine Club. I got a cool patch and braggin rights with the boys from hunting camp. No bait no planted field just me and this buck out in the middle of a vast clear cut.
Links to B&C and P&C are below for your own research.