This is one look at what may be the new No. 1 typical American elk taken with a bow. Others are below.
Word of this has been floating around for a few days now, so maybe you’ve seen it.
But if not?
Boy, it’s a beauty.
The Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young clubs have confirmed they’re investigating what appears to be a potential world record elk killed in Montana by a resident of that state.
According to Boone and Crockett, the elk’s green score was “an astounding 429-6/8 net and 448-4/8 gross.”
A press release says the animal was taken on a solo hunt early in the Montana archery season. After a couple days of packing the bull out, the hunter — who at this time prefers to remain anonymous — took his bull to a taxidermist. That’s when everyone knew just how special an animal this was.
“The antlers need to complete a required 60-day drying period before they can be officially scored,” said Boone and Crockett’s director of big game records, Justin Spring. “But a senior Boone and Crockett measurer taped the bull, so we’re confident with the green score.”
The green score of this bull is 4-3/8 higher than the current #4 typical bull in Boone and Crockett’s all-time records. So it will likely rank high there, but not take the top spot.
The current Pope and Young Club’s world’s record typical American elk, though, taken in Arizona in 2005, scores 412-1/8 points. This bull seems to surpass that.
“This bull may well be the largest typical American elk taken in the last 48 years,” Spring said.
He contacted Pope and Young after meeting the hunter and seeing his bull to record this “historic moment in big game hunting and conservation.”
“Any game animal taken in an ethical, sportsmanship-like manner is a trophy worth honoring. However, some specimens are remarkable, not only for their size, but how they symbolize successful conservation efforts,” said Pope and Young executive director Joe Bell.
“The existence of outstanding specimens like this incredible animal is testament that today’s hunters, wildlife professionals, and conservation organizations are achieving tremendous success by practicing sound conservation and wildlife-management programs.”