Pennsylvania Big Game Scoring Program Book Available In Hardcopy

Pennsylvania Big Game Scoring Program Book Available In Hardcopy

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, PA –-( You asked for it, and now it’s available; the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s big game records in a bound, printed version.

Copies of the Pennsylvania Big Game Records are available from the Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop,, or call 1-888-888-3459, or mail your remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. The book costs $5, which includes sales tax, plus $1.25 shipping and handling. For additional information, contact Pennsylvania Big Game Records Program Coordinator Bob D’Angelo at the Game Commission Harrisburg headquarters ([email protected]).

The Big Game Records Scoring Program “record book” has been on the Game Commission’s website for several years now, and will continue to be so. But, responding to public requests, it now has been put into a bound booklet form.

Pennsylvania’s Big Game Scoring Program is based on the Boone & Crockett Club’s scoring program that was copyrighted by that organization in 1950. Established in 1887, by Theodore Roosevelt, the B&C Club was initially organized for the conservation of wildlife and natural resources on a national basis.

The Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writer’s Association started Pennsylvania’s Big Game Measuring Program in 1965 (although score sheets and listings in the record book go back as far as the early 1900s), to showcase the outstanding big game hunting opportunities available in this state. Since 1965, 14 measuring sessions have been held, with the last one taking place this past June.

Scoring and keeping track of big game animals is important because harvesting a record book animal brings to attention the excellence of habitat and wildlife management practices that produce quality wildlife populations. The Big Game Scoring Program also stresses hunter and conservation ethics, and is another tool that promotes recreational hunting and supports Pennsylvania’s strong hunting heritage.

Pennsylvania Big Game Records contains a wealth of information, including the minimum scores required for each big game category, some Boone & Crockett Club and Pope & Young Club information, a few photos, but most importantly, the trophy listings. In each big game category the trophy is ranked, the hunter is listed, and the county, year taken and the trophy score are listed. The record book is not only interesting, but it can be used as a tool to identify where the “big ones” are being taken.

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