Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New World Record Elk Boone & Crockett Makes Official

We reported on October 8th that a possible new world record elk was taken by Denny Austad of Ammon, Idaho. B&C officials made it official on January 5th.

Denny purchased the govenor's tag from Utah and hunted with Mossback Outfitters. He hunted the Monroe Mountain District in south-central Utah. Austad killed the bull on Sept. 30, 2008. This bull was taken on public land and many oufitters and hunters had seen this bull earlier in the season but could not connect with him during the open season.

Back in October I called Mossback's office and found out this interesting part of the story...

Denny spent 12 straight days in the field searching for this brute. He actually missed this bull on the 12th day. One of Doyle’s guides saw this bull over 8 miles away from where Denny took the shot. Denny came back and they were able to locate the bull and took him on the 13th day of his hunt. Congratulations Denny and Team Mossback!
The bull had 9 points on the left antler and 14 points on the right. The larger antler base had a circumference of over 9 inches! It is the only elk on record with a gross score approaching the 500 inch mark, at 499 3/8.

The previous World’s Record for non-typical American elk was 465-2/8 B&C points. That bull was found dead, frozen in Upper Arrow Lake, B.C., in 1994, and was entered into Boone and Crockett Club records by the provincial Ministry of Environment on behalf of the citizens of British Columbia. For hunter-taken non-typical American elk, the previous top bull scored 450-6/8 B&C points, taken in 1998 in Apache County, Ariz., by Alan Hamberlin.

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