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Over the weekend of November 22-23, 2003, G Fred Asbell, T.J. Conrads, Scott George and Marv Clyncke (Compton Traditional Bowhunting Archives Committee), met in Boulder, Colorado, to formulate a system of recording game animals taken with traditional bowhunting equipment. This equipment includes recurve bows, longbows and selfbows. Since the inception of Compton Traditional Bowhunters, Fred and I have discussed the possibility of a listing of traditional taken animals. We did not want to be in competition with any other scoring system, and traditional bowhunters have always been as much interested in the hunt and methods of hunting as they have taking animals, so the committee wanted to incorporate hunting method and equipment into the Archive system.

At the Boulder meeting, the Archives Committee decided on a system that would include the measuring of the animals taken, without any deductions in symmetry from one side to the other of all antlered and horned animals. On antlered animals there would be no difference taken between the inside spread of the main beams and the length of the longest main beam. This system gives the antlers credit for all points and mass on the head except for small non-typical points. If the antlers have enough non-typical points to make the non-typical category, and the owner wants it entered into the non- typical category, then all these non-typical points are included in the final animal score. If the antlers meet the typical category minimum score, even though it has some non-typical points, and the owner wants it entered in the typical category, then the non-typical points that are present would not be scored at all, so there would be no deduction on a typical antlered animal for any non-typical points.

There is a minimum score for entry into all categories for the Compton Archives. Minimum scores include the animal score plus Compton method of hunting and equipment points. Minimum scores for the animal taken are as follows;

Click on the individual links in the chart below to download score forms for each animal. (PDF format, approx. 1mb file size)

Black bear - 17 Stone sheep - 115 Non-typical mule deer - 150*
Brown bear - 19 Pronghorn antelope - 63 Typical Columbian blacktail deer - 80
Grizzly bear - 18 Canada moose - 130 Non-typical Columbian blacktail deer - 90*
Polar bear - 19 Alaskan moose - 160 Sitka blacktail deer - 65
Bison - 90 Shiras moose - 120 Typical whitetail deer - 125
Cougar - 13 Central Canada Barren Ground caribou - 300 Non-typical whitetail deer - 140*
Rocky Mountain Goat - 38 Barren Ground caribou - 325 Typical Coues deer - 55
Musk-Ox - 85 Woodland caribou - 220 Non-typical Coues deer - 70*
Bighorn sheep - 135 Mountain caribou - 300 Roosevelt elk - 200
Desert sheep - 115 Quebec-Labrador caribou - 325 Typical Yellowstone elk - 240
Dall sheep - 115 Typical mule deer - 135 Non-typical Yellowstone elk - 310*
Turkey - 7
* Note Min.Pts. non-typical on forms

Fair Chase Affidavit
To find a measurer in your area contact Dennis Harper at

We have a category for wild turkeys, we measure the length of both spurs plus the length of the beard.

Compton equipment points will be awarded as follows; recurve bow +0, longbow +1, selfbow+2, self-made wood arrow +1. Also added will be method-of-hunting points as follows; for taking a black bear or a cougar from a ground-blind +2, all other animals taken from a ground blind + 1; for stalking a cougar +3, for stalking a bear +2. Also, Compton points will be awarded for unguided hunts: brown bear + 1, black bear +1, grizzly bear +1, polar bear +1, bison +5, all caribou species +1, cougar +1, typical and non-typical whitetail deer +1, all other deer species +5, both elk species +5, Rocky Mountain goat +5, all moose species +1, pronghorn antelope +1, bighorn sheep +5, Dall sheep +1, Stone sheep +1, and desert sheep +10. The equipment and method-of-hunting points will be added to the animal score for a total Compton Traditional Archives score. There will be no designated World Records.

Each entry must be accompanied by a fair chase affidavit [fairchase_2.pdf] , plus information on the hunter and the hunt. The listing of all animals entered will include the hunters name, method of hunting (treestand, ground blind, etc.), type and make of bow used, bow draw weight, arrow material, broadhead type, shot distance, etc. All this information will be listed, along with the data on the animal, on each entry. The purpose of this is to include the hunter, his equipment and his method of hunting, along with the animal. The fee for entering an animal in the archives is 25.00. Each entry will receive a certificate suitable for framing. We also will be able to take animals that have been previously measured by submitting a copy of that measuring form along with a fair chase affidavit to the Compton Archives office, or a Compton Archives Measurer.

This is an exciting time for traditional bowhunters as this is the first system to be set up exclusively for traditionally taken big game animals. It will also be subject to some minor changes as we go along. We hope you all will support this new adventure and enter your animals in the Compton Archives. We will list the entries in the Compton newsletter as they come in.

We currently have available the first edition of our Compton Traditional Bowhunters Archives Book. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend ordering one from our website or picking one up at the next rendezvous. This book is sure to be a collector’s item, and when they are gone they are gone, don’t miss out on this piece of bowhunting history. As the number of entries grows we will be printing either companion booklets or complete Archives books. The Compton Traditional Bowhunters have taken a bold step forward in promoting traditional bowhunting with the formation of this Archive system. It’s your club and your archives system so lets keep good records to help ensure the future of traditional bowhunting for future generations to come.

Dennis Harper

Archives Chairman
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