Pope & Young registers record book entries into biennial (two-year) recording periods that end on December 31st of even-numbered years. Shortly after the end of each biennium, the Club requests that several of the largest animals in each of the species categories be sent to a specified location for Biennium Panel Judging. Panel Judging is a process of verification of the final scores of antlers, horns and skulls of the highest ranking North American big game specimen entered during the respective two-year recording period. Panel Judging is an additional level of scrutiny and assurance that these top-end animals have all been measured under the same consistent standards. It is the final step in the chain of events designed to keep the Club’s recording system as accurate as possible.
A hand-picked team of highly knowledgeable and experienced certified measurers gather for the actual scoring.
ANY animal which ranks in the all-time top five for that category is required to be sent to panel judging, else it will be removed from the Records. Naturally, any animal (pending world's record) whose initial entry score exceeds the current World’s Records for that species must be presented for Panel Judging before being acknowledged as a new World’s Record.
POPE & YOUNG PANEL JUDGING EXPLAINED:
The challenges facing bowhunting’s future are ever evolving. Anti-hunters and activists continue to work to destroy our heritage and redefine our way of life. Many of the privileges hunters enjoy are being trampled, but we will not let our heritage be destroyed. We will not forget our history. We will not permit these challenges to diminish the vital role bowhunting plays in our culture. For over 60 years, Pope and Young has procured and preserved the records of bowhunting and bowhunter’s greatest accomplishments. Under our watch these records will not be erased. Collectively, Pope and Young members will not allow our hunting privileges to be reduced or forgotten. Bowhunting’s long, proud heritage will not be destroyed.
Today we continue our 60-year long mission with a new brand and a renewed commitment.
A mission that seeks to Preserve, Promote, and Protect Bowhunting.