These are the biggest moose kills currently entered into 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 the largest species in the deer family. The animals on this list are the biggest animals from each sub-species of moose that are 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.
Using the SCI measuring system, each palm is measured at its longest place. The length of the palms are added then multiplied by two. The same is then done with the width (not circumference) of each palm.
Then, each tine on each antler is measured. Only tines greater than one inch long and longer than they are wide are measured. Next, the circumference of each main beam is measured at the smallest place. Finally, the greatest outside spread of the antlers is measured.
All of the measurements are added 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.
SCI accepts entries taken with a rifle, archery, muzzleloader, shotgun, crossbow, and handgun. All animals that rank in the Top 20 of the SCI Record Book must be scored by a master measurer at least 60 days after the hunt.
Though they are the smallest sub-species of moose in North America, Shiras Moose can still weigh up to 1,000 pounds. They are currently found in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, and British Columbia.
The current SCI #1 Shiras Moose was taken by Joe Arnt with a bow and arrow 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
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.
The SCI #1 Eastern Canada Moose was shot Fern Blais with a crossbow in Ontario, Canada in September of 2011 and is the most recent entry on the list. Like the top Shiras Moose, the fact that this moose was not taken with a modern rifle makes it even more impressive.
Fern’s moose scored a remarkable 584 1/8″ and had an excellent 61 6/8″ spread along with 16 points on each antler. This behemoth is over 90″ larger than the next largest Eastern Canada Moose in the record book.
Western Canada Moose
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.
The largest Western Canada Moose in the SCI record book was taken by Doug Rehbein in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia in October 1998. This is the first moose on the list to be hunted with a rifle and 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 seems low for the score, this moose had absolutely massive T-2 and T-4 points which put it over the top.
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 only one which was 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 a full 225″ (68%) larger than the largest Shiras Moose in the record books.
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While the moose on this list are probably orders of magnitude larger than anything a typical hunter will encounter on a moose hunt, it never hurts to dream. Good luck to all the hunters who have the opportunity to hunt moose this year!
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