In January 2013, bowhunter Brian Benyo (above center) traveled from his home state of Ohio to Tiburon Island in Sonora, Mexico, to pursue desert bighorn sheep. A successful stalk on the second day of the hunt yielded a 25-yard shot at a giant ram that could top the current Pope & Young Club world record, which scored 178 6/8 points and was tagged in 2007 by Jim Hens in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.
Benyo's sheep has an initial entry score that is a half-inch higher than Hens' sheep. It is yet subject to P&Y panel judging verification, which could change the final accepted score for a variety of reasons, including unusual shrinkage during the natural drying process.
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 that 2-year recording period. A hand-picked team of highly knowledgeable and experienced certified measurers gather for the actual scoring.
Want to see Benyo's massive ram in person? His amazing desert sheep plus approximately a hundred more of the biggest big game animals tagged during the past 2 years will be on display at the P&Y Club's National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, April 15-18, 2015.What do you think of Benyo's monster ram? Join the conversation here and let us know what you think.