Boone and Crockett lists trophy counties

2012-10-30T17:00:00Z 2012-10-31T10:11:04Z Boone and Crockett lists trophy counties The Billings Gazette
October 30, 2012 5:00 pm

In commemoration of its 125th anniversary, Boone and Crockett Club has released an historic list of the top 125 trophy counties across the United States.

Not surprisingly, Wyoming and Montana are found on the list numerous times. Montana's main claim to trophy fame is for its wide dispersion of trophy bighorn sheep. The original list included Montana's Teton County as a spot for trophy Columbia black-tailed deer, a species not found in the state. The group later corrected the error and the new list is now below.

Wyoming tops the list for pronghorns and also has a few entries from Shiras moose.

The list is based on Boone and Crockett big-game records — trophy data going back to 1830.

Trophy production appears to be trending upward with many species and across much of North America. Last year the group's records program had 979 new entries, compared to 372 just 30 years ago.

A few counties are recognized on the list for multiple categories of trophies.

Boone and Crockett Club’s Top 125 trophy counties:

1. Wyoming, Carbon County—282 pronghorn in B&C records

2. California, Mendocino County—190 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

3. California, Trinity County—185 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

4. Wyoming, Sweetwater County—183 pronghorn in B&C records

5. Wyoming, Fremont County—153 pronghorn in B&C records

6. Nevada, Clark County—142 desert sheep in B&C records

7. Wyoming, Natrona County—142 pronghorn in B&C records

8. Montana, Granite County—134 bighorn sheep in B&C records

9. South Dakota, Custer County—134 bison in B&C records

10. Montana, Sanders County—132 bighorn sheep in B&C records

11. Arizona, Coconino County—128 pronghorn in B&C records

12. New Mexico, Socorro County—117 pronghorn in B&C records

13. Nevada, Washoe County—114 pronghorn in B&C records

14. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County—113 typical mule deer in B&C records

15. Wyoming, Teton County—108 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

16. Texas, Hudspeth County—106 pronghorn in B&C records

17. California, Humboldt County—100 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

18. New Mexico, Mora County—99 pronghorn in B&C records

19. Oregon, Jackson County—93 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

20. Arizona, Pima County—92 typical Coues’ whitetail deer in B&C records

21. Arizona, Yavapai County—92 pronghorn in B&C records

22. Nevada, Humboldt County—89 pronghorn in B&C records

23. Wisconsin, Buffalo County—86 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

24. New Mexico, Catron County—79 pronghorn in B&C records

25. New Mexico, Colfax County—79 pronghorn in B&C records

26. Montana, Blaine County—73 bighorn sheep in B&C records

27. Oregon, Clackamas County—70 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

28. Arizona, Yuma County—67 desert sheep in B&C records

29. Colorado, Eagle County—67 typical mule deer in B&C records

30. New Mexico, Lincoln County—67 pronghorn in B&C records

31. Wyoming, Teton County—67 bison in B&C records

32. California, Siskiyou County—66 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

33. Wyoming, Sublette County—61 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

34. Montana, Fergus County—54 bighorn sheep in B&C records

35. Idaho, Idaho County—53 cougar in B&C records

36. Minnesota, St. Louis County—53 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

37. Oregon, Harney County—51 pronghorn in B&C records

38. Arizona, Coconino County—50 typical American elk in B&C records

39. Arizona, Mohave County—50 desert sheep in B&C records

40. Texas, Webb County—49 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

41. Washington, Lewis County—48 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

42. Wyoming, Lincoln County—48 typical mule deer in B&C records

43. Arizona, Gila County—47 black bear in B&C records

44. California, Humboldt County—47 Roosevelt’s elk in B&C records

45. Colorado, Mesa County—47 typical mule deer in B&C records

46. Oregon, Lake County—47 pronghorn in B&C records

47. Texas, Dimmit County—47 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

48. California, Tehama County—46 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

49. Montana, Deer Lodge County—46 bighorn sheep in B&C records

50. Montana, Missoula County—46 bighorn sheep in B&C records

51. Nevada, Nye County—46 desert sheep in B&C records

52. Texas, Maverick County—46 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

53. Colorado, Moffat County—45 pronghorn in B&C records

54. Colorado, Garfield County—44 typical mule deer in B&C records

55. Oregon, Clatsop County—43 Roosevelt’s elk in B&C records

56. Arizona, Coconino County—41 typical mule deer in B&C records

57. Arizona, Pima County—41 desert sheep in B&C records

58. Oregon, Lane County—41 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

59. Oregon, Linn County—41 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

60. Montana, Ravalli County—41 bighorn sheep in B&C records

61. Montana, Lewis & Clark County—40 bighorn sheep in B&C records

62. Texas, La Salle County—40 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

63. Utah, Weber County—40 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

64. Wyoming, Lincoln County—40 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

65. Arizona, Apache County—39 typical American elk in B&C records

66. Montana, Lincoln County—39 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

67. Colorado, Gunnison County—38 typical mule deer in B&C records

68. Montana, Rosebud County—38 pronghorn in B&C records

69. Nevada, Elko County—38 Rocky Mountain goat in B&C records

70. Wisconsin, Price County—38 black bear in B&C records

71. Idaho, Bonneville County—37 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

72. Minnesota, St. Louis County—37 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

73. Utah, Garfield County—36 bison in B&C records

74. Wisconsin, Trempealeau County—36 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

75. Colorado, Montrose County—35 typical mule deer in B&C records

76. Arizona, Coconino County—34 non-typical mule deer in B&C records

77. Colorado, Delta County—34 typical mule deer in B&C records

78. Colorado, Jackson County—34 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

79. Iowa, Allamakee County—34 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

80. Washington, Pierce County—34 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

81. Wisconsin, Bayfield County—34 black bear in B&C records

82. Wisconsin, Sawyer County—34 black bear in B&C records

83. Wyoming, Campbell County—34 pronghorn in B&C records

84. Colorado, Montezuma County—33 typical mule deer in B&C records

85. Wisconsin, Buffalo County—33 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

86. Washington, Pend Oreille County—32 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

87. North Carolina, Hyde County—32 black bear in B&C records

88. Wyoming, Albany County—32 pronghorn in B&C records

89. Arizona, Gila County—31 typical Coues’ whitetail deer in B&C records

90. Illinois, Jo Daviess County—31 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

91. Montana, Beaverhead County—31 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

92. Montana, Flathead County—31 Shiras’ moose in B&C records

93. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County—31 non-typical mule deer in B&C records

94. Oregon, Columbia County—31 Roosevelt’s elk in B&C records

95. Oregon, Marion County—31 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records

96. Wyoming, Park County—31 typical American elk in B&C records

97. Iowa, Clayton County—30 typical whitetail deer in B&C records

98. Oregon, Wallowa County—30 bighorn sheep in B&C records

99. Wisconsin, Baron County—30 black bear in B&C records

100. Wyoming, Carbon County—30 typical mule deer in B&C records

101. Arizona, Maricopa County— 29 desert sheep in B&C records

102. Colorado, Rio Blanco County—29 cougar in B&C records

103. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County—29 cougar in B&C records

104. New Mexico, Taos County—29 bighorn sheep B&C records

105. Utah, Kane County—29 typical mule deer in B&C records

106. Washington, Clallam County—29 Roosevelt’s elk in B&C records

107. Illinois, Pike County—28 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

108. Nevada, White Pine County—28 typical American elk in B&C records

109. Illinois, Fulton County—26 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

110. New Mexico, Catron County—26 typical American elk in B&C records

111. Minnesota, Itasca County—25 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

112. Arizona, Apache County—24 non-typical American elk in B&C records

113. Arizona, Pima County—24 non-typical Coues’ whitetail deer in B&C records

114. Illinois, Adams County—24 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

115. New Mexico, San Juan County—24 typical American elk in B&C records

116. California, San Bernardino County—23 desert sheep in B&C records

117. California, Solano County—23 tule elk in B&C records

118. California, Trinity County—20 bighorn sheep in B&C records

119. Iowa, Van Buren County—19 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

120. Wyoming, Teton County—19 typical American elk in B&C records

121. Montana, Park County—17 bison in B&C records

122. Texas, Culberson County—16 desert sheep in B&C records

123. Washington, Chelan County—15 Rocky Mountain goat in B&C records

124. Washington, Okanogan County—15 Rocky Mountain goat in B&C records

125. Idaho, Caribou County—1 grizzly bear in B&C records (1900)

Native North American big game species tracked by Boone and Crockett Club but not included in the Top 125 counties include Alaska brown and polar bear; barren ground, central Canada barren ground, Quebec-Labrador, mountain and woodland caribou; Dall’s and Stone’s sheep; Alaska-Yukon and Canada moose; Sitka blacktail deer and muskox. These species are recorded by geographic location rather than by county.

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