Larry Barr has SCI’s coveted number one Rocky Mountain mule deer for typical rack with this awesome Idaho buck taken in late November with guide Ridge Taylor. It scores 221 2/8s, as a main frame 5×5, having a 27-inch inside spread.
Bowhunter Peter “The Greek” Tsoulamanis has every reason to be happy with his number one SCI typical Rocky Mountain mule deer taken by a bowhunter. The 5×5 buck scored 220 4/8s inches, and came from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on a self-guided hunt.
This Rocky Mountain typical mule deer by rifleman Dow Rippy scores 219 2/8s, and was taken during a self-guided hunt. The Garfield County, Colorado buck fell in early November, 2003, and ranks number three in SCI.
Merle Barnaby’s very high-rack Rocky Mountain typical buck holds the number five SCI spot, with a score of 217 1/8. Merle was hunting alone near the White River, Colorado when he shot the deer on New Year’s Day, 1968. The 5×5 has a 22-inch spread, with main beams each measuring over 25 inches.
Jim Tonkin’s still-in-velvet Utah non-typical Rocky Mountain mule deer measured 273 2/8s, with 20 scoreable points per side and a 19-inch inside spread. The deer is number four in SCI’s book.
This is the second best bow buck in SCI for a non-typical Rocky Mountain mule deer. Scoring 259 2/8s, archer Larry Jones guided himself to this great buck in Jefferson County, Colorado in late August 1994. It has 21 points and a 23 7/8s spread.
Sonora, Mexico is where rifleman Rick Lamb downed this 222 5/8s-inch typical desert mule deer. He took it just before Christmas in 2005, and it ranks number one in SCI. The 5×5 buck has a 24-inch spread and symmetrical main beams of 26 7/8s- and 25 7/8s-inches.
Ken Gangler downed this 217-inch desert mule deer typical buck near San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. It ranks number six with SCI, and has a 21-inch inside spread, with a near perfect 5×5 rack.
Sonora, Mexico again for this 211-inch, number 10 SCI typical desert mule deer. Russ Brice dropped the buck on New Year’s Day 2003. The dark, slick-horn 5×5 buck has 25 7/8- and 26-inch near-matching main beams, with an inside spread of 26 3/8s.
This number 11 SCI desert mule deer typical buck was taken by rifleman Kenneth Barr in Sonora, Mexico with Amigos Guides during a mid-December 2005 hunt. The beautiful 5×5 has an impressive 28-inch inside spread and scores 210 3/8s.
This number one SCI non-typical desert mule deer scores a huge 266 2/8s inches. Taken by gun hunter Fredric Decker, the 25-point deer has a 21-inch spread. It came from Sonora, Mexico with High Consome Outfitters.
Unbelievable is good word to describe Jason Cambell’s impressive 250 7/8-inch buck. The non-typical desert mule deer has 17 points, a 25 4/8s spread, and main beam lengths each stretching well over 27 inches. Sonora, Mexico again gave up this number two SCI deer.
Self-guided bowman Dagen Haymore arrowed this desert mule deer last January 22, while hunting in Cochise County, Arizona. It ranks number three in the SCI books, but best by a bowhunter for a non-typical mulie. It has 26 points and an inside main beam spread of 23 2/8s.
This magnificent mahogany-colored rack desert mule deer typical buck by Johnny Grimes scores 211 4/8s, taking the number nine spot in the SCI book. Shot two weeks before Christmas in 2006, the 5×5 buck comes from Sonora, Mexico and has a mind-boggling 31 1/8-inch spread.
This wide-spread 36 4/8s-inch non-typical Rocky Mountain mule deer scores number five in SCI. The velvet bucks scores 267 6/8s inches with 24 points. It was harvested by hunter Pax Prentiss in Mohave County, Arizona in early August 2006.
Avid deer hunters know how tough it is to tag a record-book whitetail. But collecting a trophy mule deer is even tougher. Mulies are significantly fewer in number than whitetails, and many of the big boys live in very wild places. The following SCI trophy bucks are worth a long look.