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How Bowhunting Records of Alberta Came to Be

In 1980 I was holidaying in California and came upon a copy of “Bowhunting Records of California” in a San Francisco archery shop. When I returned to Alberta I checked the Pope & Young Record Book and was surprised to find that only 20 animals in total had ever been taken in Alberta that surpassed the Pope & Young’s minimum.

As an avid bowhunter myself and confident that bowhunting popularity in Alberta was going to grow tremendously, I started working with all of Alberta’s official Pope & Young measurers to record the Alberta records for posterity. My first publication in 1983 had only 78 animals that surpassed Pope & Young minimums. The edition linked to below has records up to the end of 2011, and includes 3,315 entries of 10 different Alberta species!

View the Bowhunting Records of Alberta by Ryk Visscher. If you are looking for an up-to-date version of the Bowhunting Records of Alberta, send an email to