Biggest by Bow

The record book of world big-game animals that is compiled and maintained by Safari Club International has a staggering number of remarkable trophies. But none are more impressive than the big game collected by some of the world’s best bowhunters. Here are some of those top trophies: This number-two-ranked SCI African elephant was taken in late March 2009, by bowman Tom Dyer in Zimbabwe with outfitter Kent Yeatman. It had a score of 115 inches.
This immense Alaska brown bear was collected by Kevin Wong in late November 2007, on Afognak Island in the Aleutians, with outfitter Tim Booch. It ranks as the sixth-largest SCI bow-taken brown bruin, having a score of 27 7/16.
This number-four-ranked SCI African lion was taken by bowhunter George Harms in Zambia, in July 2008. It has a score of 24 5/16, and was taken with outfitter Athol Frylinck.
Few big-game animals are more aggressive and fearless than the polar bear, which presents an especially difficult and formidable archery trophy. This number four SCI polar bear was downed by bow by Mark Gutz Gutsmiedl while he was hunting with Canada North Outfitters near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. It has a score of 25 6/16, and was taken in mid-May 2006.
One of Africa’s most cantankerous and dangerous animals is the hippopotamus, and archer Glenn Burney took one of the largest recorded with SCI in June 2006, near Omay, Zimbabwe, with Dries Visser Safaris. The massive animal had a score of 51 2/16.
Robert Kadyk arrowed this number-two SCI archery Yukon moose while hunting in Alaska’s Game Management Unit 30. The monster bull scored 553 7/8 inches, with 31 points and an outside spread of more than 73 inches. It was taken September 6, 2007.
This number-one SCI record book Cape buffalo scored 135 4/8, and has massive horns. Gregory Williamson traveled to the Republic of South Africa in June 2006 to take the buff with Madubula Safaris.
This number-eight SCI-ranked Pacific Coast black bear came from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Kenneth Shemonski arrowed it on May 4, 2008, while hunting with David Vey’s Trophy West Outfitters. It scored 19 9/16.
This 121 2/8-inch Cape buffalo was arrowed by Richard Flynn in the Republic of South Africa in September 2008. This oversize and dangerous big-game animal was collected with the help of Steyn Caracal Safaris.
Taking a barren ground musk ox with a bow is rugged, tough and cold work. Dr. Patrick Allen was up to the task, however, in March 2005, when he collected this number-five SCI record animal, having a score of 81 5/8. Allen used a recurve bow to harvest the bull near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada.
That’s a croc–a Nile crocodile, that is. Richard Flynn took this 16-footer in May 2007, near Vryburg in the Republic of South Africa. It’s the largest croc taken by an archer in the SCI book.
This impressive mountain caribou is the number-one SCI bow record for the species. Shot by Pete Cintorino, it scored 547 2/8 inches and has an astounding 52 points, with an inside spread of 40 inches.
With a score of 106, Victor Zeni’s African elephant ranks number three in SCI’s bow record book. Its tusks weigh well over 100 pounds, and it was taken from the Republic of South Africa in August 2006.
James Gabrick’s 29-inch Alaska brown bear came from Kodiak Island, and ranks number one in SCI. Outfitter Cole Kramer of Kodiak Outdoor Adventures led Gabrick to the bruin on September 29, 2007.
This enormous African leopard ranks number five in the SCI record book. Noted bowman Tom Dyer collected it from Zimbabwe in March 2009, while hunting with outfitter Kent Yeatman of African Safaris.
Ricardo Longoria’s sixth-ranked SCI barren ground caribou was arrowed in late August 2009, near White Wolf Lake in the Northwest Territories. Adventure Northwest was the outfitter guiding Longoria to the bull, which sported 37 points.
Archie Nesbitt’s number-one SCI African lion was felled in mid-September 2005, while Nesbitt was hunting with Althol Frylinck of Luawata Conservation Limited in Zambia. The impressive king of beasts had a skull score of 24 9/16 inches.
Mark Smith’s musk ox is impressive in many ways, among them that it was taken with a recurve bow, and he collected it on a self-guided hunt near Caribou Creek, Alaska. The bull was taken September 19, 2009, and had an SCI score of 79 5/8 inches and a tip-to-tip horn measurement of nearly 51 inches.
Few African animals are more beautiful, impressive and elusive than the Eastern Cape greater kudu. Scott Coleman took this great bull in July 2004, in the Republic of South Africa. It’s number two in the SCI book, and has almost perfectly matched horns, each more than 52 inches.
The always dangerous Cape buffalo is tough to bring down with even the heaviest of rifle bullets. With a bow and arrow, it is especially difficult and dangerous to take. Ricardo Longoria collected this 123 4/8-inch buff in July 2007, with Tanzania Bundu Safaris and guide Brian van Blerk. It ranks number six with SCI.
Archie Nesbitt’s number-five SCI Pacific Coast black bear came from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It had a score of 20 6/16, and was taken on October 31, 2007.
Canada’s Northwest Territories gave up this number-six SCI polar bear to Jake Ensign. With a score of 24 11/16, it was arrowed in late March 2007, with Adventure Northwest outfitters.
Check out the dentures on this hippo! Each tusk measures more than 28 inches long, with a circumferences of 8 inches. Tom Dyer took this number-three SCI animal in September 2008, from the Republic of South Africa.
This massive Cape eland fell to Douglass Haywood’s arrow in September 2008, in the Republic of South Africa. It’s number three in SCI, with a score of 108 7/8. Each of its majestic spiral horns measures more than 42 inches.
This number-one SCI bow-kill warthog is a scary desperado. Each tusk measures nearly 17 inches long. Nico Jacobs is the bowman, and he collected it in the Republic of South Africa in June 2006.
Victor Zeni’s number-one SCI common hippopotamus came from the Republic of South Africa. It was arrowed in mid-August 2006, and has a score of 76 4/16. Each tusk measures about 29 inches long, with a circumference of well over 9 inches!