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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Six Washington counties earn mention in prestigious Boone & Crockett trophy animal hunting list

The Boone and Crockett Club released a historic list of the Top 125 trophy counties in the United States, and six Washington counties made the prestigious list.

According to the news release, the club based their trophy data list back to 1830, and long used by conservationists to gauge outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of game animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting.

Earning the top spot on the list was Carbon County in Wyoming with 282 pronghorn in Boone & Crockett (B&C) records.

Runner-up was Mendicino County in California with 190 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records, and third went to Trinity County in California with 185 pronghorn in B&C records.

Topping the Washington list was Lewis County in 42nd place with 49 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records.

Next in 81st place was Pierce County with 34 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records; Pend Oreille County in 87th place with 32 Shiras’ moose in B&C records; Clallam County in 107th place with 29 Roosevelt’s elk in B&C records; Chelan County in 123rd place with 15 Rocky Mountain goat in B&C records; and Okanogan County in 124th place with 15 rocky Mountain goat in B&C records.

Other notable Pacific Northwest states being recognized were Oregon with nine counties, and Idaho with three counties.

The Oregon list includes: Jackson County in 19th place with 93 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records; Clackamas County in 28th place with 70 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records; Harney County in 38th place with 51 pronghorn in B&C records; Lake County in 47th place with 47 pronghorn in B&C records; Clatsop County in 56th place with 43 Roosevelt elk in B&C records; Lane County in 59th place with 41 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records; Linn County in 60th place with 41 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records; Columbia County in 95th place with 31 Roosevelt’s elk in B&C records; Marion County in 96th place with 31 typical Columbia blacktail deer in B&C records; and Wallowa County in 99th place with 30 bighorn sheep in B&C records.

The Idaho list includes: Idaho County in 36th place with 53 cougar in the B&C records; Bonneville County in 72nd place with 37 Shiras’ moose in B&C records; and Caribou County getting the final 125th place with one grizzly in the B&C records.

The news release also pointed out that the list didn’t include Alaska brown and polar bears; 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.

According to the club these species are recorded by geographic location instead of county. However, these native North American big game animals are followed by B&C as well.

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