Wyoming bowhunter kills record whitetail buck

Wyoming hunter Shane Sanderson poses with the 10-point whitetail buck he killed last September near Kinnear in western Wyoming. The Pope and Young Club said the buck was the largest whitetail taken by a bow in Wyoming.

According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, a whitetail buck killed in September by an archery hunter was the largest recorded whitetail buck taken by an bowhunter in Wyoming.

Shane Sanderson, 39, of Kinnear, shot the 10-point whitetail on Sept. 1, opening day for the Wyoming archery season for deer.

Sanderson, a lifelong hunter who has been archery hunting for 13 years, had scouted the big buck since August and was waiting in a blind when the buck, accompanied by two smaller bucks, passed 35 yards away.

Sanderson took his shot and the deer ran a short distance before falling.

At the time, Sanderson had no idea he had a state record, but after the required 60-day antler-drying period, the deer was scored at 170 3/8, easily beating the 125 minimum points required for inclusion in the Pope and Young record book for typical whitetail.

According to the Wyoming Fish and Game Department, Pope and Young officials confirmed it was Wyoming’s largest recorded bow-killed typical whitetail.

The score is comprised of length, circumference, and spread measurements of the antlers.


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