Boone & Crockett Crowns New World-Record Pronghorn

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As a whole, we as hunters have consistently demonstrated (and subsequently defended) our commitment to conservation as long as we've been hunting. And the proof is in the proverbial pudding.

The Boone & Crockett Club officially certified a new world record pronghorn yesterday, beating out the old record of 95 inches held by David Meyer's 2002 Arizona buck and Dylan Woods' 2000 buck, both taken in Arizona. Last year, avid hunter Mike Gallo harvested the record-breaking pronghorn in Socorro County, N.M. At 96 4/8 inches, the inch and a half difference between the new record and previous record accounts for the widest margin between the 3,400 entries in the B&C pronghorn records.

Socorro County is considered to be one of the premier pronghorn destinations in New Mexico for its reputation as a big buck producer. The notable features of Gallo's record lends considerable credence to that notion. With horn lengths of 18 3/8 inches right, 18 4/8 inches left; a total mass of 23 3/8 inches right, 23 2/8 inches left; and prong length of 7 inches right and 6 5/8 inches left there is no denying the big buck potential of the region.

While the record pronghorn is impressive in it's own right, perhaps more remarkable is the conservation efforts that stabilized the pronghorn population and produced the record.

"Records reflect success in big-game conservation," said Richard Hale, chairman of the Club's Records of North American Big Game Committee. "Remember, the pronghorn was once nearly lost, much like the bison, until sportsmen led an era of wildlife recovery. Now the species is flourishing. And the fact that such incredible specimens exist today says a lot about how far we have come, and how bright the future might be."

The record also serves as a testament to conservation efforts when you take into consideration that the severe drought in recent years has been wreaking havoc on residents, vegetation and wildlife alike.

However, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish big game manager Steward Liley said Socorro County was not affected by the drought like many other regions and has continued to produce trophy animals.

Overall, New Mexico is second in pronghorn entries in the Boone and Crockett records, with 627. Wyoming is first with 1,154, while Arizona (339), Nevada (288) and Montana (183) make up the rest of the top five.

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