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These Moose Kills Made It Into the Record Books

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These are biggest moose kills in the Safari Club International Record book.

Thinking about going on a moose hunt in the near future? With big bulls standing nearly seven feet tall and weighing up to 1,500 pounds, moose are massive animals and are the largest species in the deer family. The bull moose on this list are the biggest entries from each sub-species of moose currently listed in the Safari Club International Record book.

Safari Club International recognizes four North American sub-species of moose: Shiras Moose, Eastern Canada Moose, Western Canada Moose, and Alaska-Yukon Moose. To score a moose using the SCI measuring system, measure each palm its longest place. Add those measurements together and multiply the sum by two. Do the same with the width (not circumference) of each palm.

Then, measure each tine on each antler that is greater than one inch long and longer than it is wide. Next, measure the circumference of each main beam at the smallest place. Finally, measure the greatest outside spread of the antlers.

Add all of these measurements together for the final score of the moose. Unlike the Boone and Crockett Club, SCI does not deduct the score for abnormal points of differences in symmetry. As a result, SCI the score is often significantly higher than the B&C score for the same animal.

Keep reading to see the biggest moose kills by hunters in the SCI record book.

Shiras Moose

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Though they are the smallest sub-species of moose in North America, Shiras Moose can still weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Shiras Moose currently live in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Joe Arnt took the current SCI #1 Shiras Moose with a bow in Alberta, Canada in September of 2005.

This moose had a very impressive 57 6/8″ spread and 13 points on each antler. It scored 503 6/8″ overall, which is a full 40″ larger than the current #2 moose

Eastern Canada Moose

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Eastern Canada Moose live in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Big bulls can weigh nearly 1,400 pounds.

Jeremy Boileau shot the current SCI #1 Eastern Canada Moose with a rifle in Quebec, Canada in September of 2011.

Boileau’s behemoth moose scored an incredible 666 3/8″, which is over 80″ larger than the next biggest Eastern Canada Moose and over 175″ bigger than the third biggest moose in the record book! Not only did the moose have a massive outside spread of 56″, but it also had a ridiculous 20 points on each antler, which is one of the reasons why it scored so high.

Western Canada Moose

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Western Canada Moose live in British Columbia, Ontario, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Wisconsin, Minnesota, parts of North Dakota and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With big bulls weighing nearly 1,500 pounds, they are the largest sub-species of moose found in the Continental United States.

Doug Rehbein killed the largest Western Canada Moose in the SCI record book in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia in October 1998. This giant moose scored a remarkable 557″.

This moose had a 64 2/8″ outside spread with 12 points on one antler with 10 on the other. Though the number of points may seem low for the score, this moose had absolutely massive T-2 and T-4 points which put it over the top.

Alaska-Yukon Moose

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Alaska-Yukon Moose, as the name implies, live in the state of Alaska and the Yukon Territory and are the largest moose in North America, both in terms of body size and antler size. The largest moose ever recorded was a bull taken in the Yukon which weighed a ridiculous 1,800 pounds.

The largest Alaska-Yukon Moose in the record books, as well as the highest scoring moose for all of North America, was taken by Debra Card near Cordova, Alaska with a rifle in September 1999.

Not only is this the only moose on the list taken by a female hunter, it is also the biggest moose hunted in the United States. Her moose had whopping 74 2/8″ spread with 19 points on one side and 20 on the other and scored an extraordinary 731 1/8″.  To put in perspective how gigantic this moose was, it is over 225″ (68%) larger than the largest Shiras Moose in the record books.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on his hunting blog. Follow him on Twitter @TheBigGameHunt or check out one of his BC moose hunts.

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These Moose Kills Made It Into the Record Books