Big Game Trophy Records

Nebraska big game trophy certificates have been awarded since 1962 for outstanding big game trophies taken in the state. This searchable database contains trophy whitetail, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and elk taken in Nebraska since 1945. You can search the database by species type, weapon used, year and by the hunter’s last name.

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Big Game Trophy Records book

Each year the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission publishes an updated edition of the Big Game Trophy Records book. Similar to the online database, this publication contains trophy records for whitetail, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and elk taken in Nebraska. The publication also contains additional information on the trophy records program, scoring qualifications and official measurers for Nebraska.
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Trophy scoring info

Trophy scoring is based on the standard scoring method developed by the Boone & Crockett Club, the organization which maintains records of all North American big game. Anyone who has taken big game in Nebraska by legal means during an authorized season is invited to present the trophy for scoring. This includes whitetail deer, mule deer, pronghorn, American elk, and bighorn sheep. Trophies taken in past years as well as the present are eligible.

Currently, 32 categories of big game trophies are recognized in the state records program by species (whitetail deer, mule deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and elk), type of rack, (typical or non-typical), and method of take, (archery, crossbows, modern firearm, or muzzleloader).

Minimum scores for qualification:

Species Modern firearm Muzzleloader / Crossbow Archery
Typical mule deer 150 145 140
Non-typical mule deer 170 160 155
Typical whitetail deer 150 140 125
Non-typical whitetail deer 160 155 150
Pronghorn 73 65 60
Typical American elk 300 255 210
Non-typical American elk 310 265 220
Bighorn sheep 165 136 130

To have your trophy scored, you may present it to one of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s district offices. You may also take it to an official measurer of the Boone & Crockett Club or the Pope & Young Club. Scoring must be delayed until at least 60 days after the animal is killed to allow for shrinkage. Any time spent frozen does not count toward the drying period.

More information

Both the Boone & Crockett Club and the Pope & Young Club have excellent information about trophy scoring along with score forms and instructions you can download. Each club’s homepage has additional facts, trophy pictures, and tips you may find interesting and useful.

Please contact Randy Stutheit, Nebraska Big Game Trophy Records Coordinator, by email or at 402-471-5564 if you have any questions or comments about the records program.