Did You Score Big In 2015 ?The 2014 Records of Exotics says 621 Hunters Did!
With 621 total entries in the 24th Volume of the Records of Exotics, it is fun to give some analysis of those numbers. The largest number of exotics were taken with a rifle. A vast majority of 62% of all ROE record holders for 2014 are listed in the rifle category. The second place method goes to the archers who represented 34%. That only left 3% for the hand gunners and a surprising 1% for the muzzle loaders.
Of the numerous species available to the Exotic Hunters, 37 were listed in the 2014 ROE. Of those listed, the top ten most desired began with the Merino (92) as the exotic with the most records awarded. The Catalina (76) and the Corsican (71) followed with a close second and third. The fourth place Texas Dall (62) took a good lead over the fifth place Hawaiian Black (44) and the sixth place black buck (37). The Mouflon Type (30) ranked seventh, the Aoudad ranked eighth (25). The top 10 countdown concluded with the Fallow (21) and the Mouflon (18) closing out the count as ninth and tenth respectively.
One of the few facts of interest is that of all the black bucks making the ROE, only one was not taken with a rifle. The lone archer can claim bragging rights to that fact. Nine animals harvested stand alone with no others taken of the same type.
Eight hunters completed personal milestones by securing their slams which requires multiple species to complete.
It is obvious that there are plenty of spaces for more record holders in the lesser hunted exotics and with the lesser used weapons. For those who enjoy the hunt and want a little extra from their successful hunt, a personal record for the year is certainly within reach.