In an article published April 13 by Kristen Schmitt on gohunt.com, she noted that Cheeney and his son Aaron were out hunting August 13, 2016 somewhere north of Pioche, “going through dusty sagebrush, trying to edge up on a group of bucks bedded down.” Cheeney said when the largest of the bucks stood up he took the shot.
According to Pope and Young officials, the buck was measured by two separate panels consisting of qualified authorities as well as a representative from Boone and Crockett. Cheeney’s buck measured 205 6/8”, topping the previous record typical mule deer of 205 0/8”.
Schmitt noted in her article, Ed Fanchin, Pope and Young Records chairman commented, “This was the first time the P&Y club has used a special panel for verification of a potential World Record trophy.” He added, “The score was authenticated and this tremendous mule deer was declared the new Pope & Young World Record typical mule deer. Congratulations to Frank Cheeney and to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for using successful wildlife management practices. It’s great to know that deer of this caliber are still roaming the wilds of North America.”
Cheeney was quoted as saying, “(Hunting’s) always been about the time spent together with friends and family preparing for and carrying out hunting activities. It’s about passing on skills and traditions that are a part of our heritage and way of life. It’s about sharing a campfire, good food and even better, stories with family and neighbors. It’s about teaching my three kids to be ethical hunters and conservationists so that they can pass these same traditions on to their children.”