News of the Week

March 16, 2015
New Cy Curtis State Record Mule Deer Harvested

   While bow hunting elk in Cimarron County, Chandler Henderson took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and bagged a record-breaking buck. With a final score of 191 7/8 inches, he now holds the all-time Cy Curtis record for a typical mule deer taken in Oklahoma. 

     Henderson's wife, Brooke, spotted the big buck first. Henderson drew back his bow and let an arrow fly. Henderson knew he had just harvested a large mule deer, but a state-record mule deer was "out of the question," he said.

     After a week, Henderson's curiosity got the best of  him. He decided to green-score the antlers on the Boone and Crockett website to estimate what the deer would score. Realizing he might have a state-record mule deer, Henderson contacted official scorer, Weston Storer who is a biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation at Beaver RiverOptima and Rita Blanca wildlife management areas.  After a 60-day drying period required for all trophies, the mule deer was officially scored. It is required that all potential state-record trophies be scored by three certified Boone and Crockett scorers. The final score of 191 7/8 surpassed the previous Cy Curtis record by more than 11 inches. Henderson along with another hunter are the only two sportsmen who have taken a record Cy Curtis mule deer with archery equipment, in the typical and nontypical categories.

     The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation established the Cy Curtis Awards Program in 1972 to recognize trophy game and hunters in Oklahoma. The program originally recognized only trophy white-tailed deer and mule deer. But in 2014, the Cy Curtis Awards Program was expanded to include trophy elk, pronghorns and black bears.

   To get Henderson's full story, click the video link below.

 

Oklahoma's Top Five Typical Mule Deer

 

1. Chandler Henderson          191 7/8        Bow                11/4/2014

2. Curtis McBrien                   180 1/8        Gun                11/19/2001

3. Kirie Willimon                    178 6/8       Primitive       10/27/1992

4. Robert Crow                       178 4/8        Gun               11/25/1985

5. Jeremy Brobst                     171 4/8         Gun               11/18/2000


 
 

Chandler Henderson stands with his mounted state-record mule deer at the 2015 Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo in Oklahoma City.



Oklahoma State Record Mule Deer November 2014
On a recent interview with "Outdoor Oklahoma" producers, Chandler and Brooke Henderson give details explaining how Chandler harvested a state-record mule deer.