Check out this list of the six biggest bull elk ever scored by Boone & Crockett, North America’s premier big-game record organization.
Have you ever had your elk antlers scored on the Boone and Crockett scale? If so, where did you land? We compiled a list of the biggest bull elks in their record books. The first three bulls are typical elk, and the last three are non-typical. All six are remarkable trophies.
Click through the slideshow to view Boone & Crockett’s biggest elk of all time.
Alonzo Winters, 1968
Cattle rancher Alonzo Winters’ killed this record bull elk in Arizona’s White Mountains back in 1968. Winters never had the antlers scored in his lifetime, but he made a point of showing them to all of his friends whenever they visited him. When Winters died in 1994, his sister inherited the antlers. She sold the antlers out of the back of her pick-up truck at a restaurant to collector Allan Ellsworth, who later submitted them to Boone & Crockett for scoring. The antlers picked up a world record score of 442 5/8 for a typical bull elk. Winters would have been proud had he known his name was at the top of the record books.
John Plute, 1899
With a score of 442 3/8, John Plute’s 1899 bull is still worthy admiration – even if it’s been in the books for 115 years. Hunting historians are not sure where exactly the bull was killed. They have narrowed down the last place where he had them in his possession to Crested Butte, Colo. Legend has it that Plute used his record-breaking rack to settle a bar tab. Since then, the antlers have made their way around the country and into Boone and Crockett record books. The rack is currently on display at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce building. As for Plute, he was written out of the story after that fateful day at the bar, and no one has a clue where he went or what happened to him.
The third biggest typical bull elk in Boone & Crockett’s record books is a hunting industry enigma. The bull was supposedly killed in Wyoming back in 1890. It scored 441 6/8. Whoever the hunter was, he or she managed to bag a truly impressive elk.
Denny Austad, 2008
Hunter Denny Austad is the world record holder for the biggest non-typical elk. His trophy bull was nicknamed “Spider-bull” for its web-like antlers. Austad hunted the bull in Utah, and paid $150,000 for tag to do it. The bull scored 478 5/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale. The elk was only seven or eight years old when it was harvested, and might have surpassed a score 500 had it lived longer. Nevertheless, Austad’s “Spider-bull” is one seriously impressive trophy elk.
Unknown – Non-Typical, 1994
This bull elk washed up dead at a boat launch in British Columbia in 1994. The ferry worker who found it claimed the elk had a small caliber bullet hole in its neck, but due to the decomposition of the corpse, conservation officers were never able to confirm the cause of death. The antler rack, which was recovered elsewhere, scored an impressive 465 2/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale. The bull’s death remains a great hunting mystery. Was he actually felled by a bullet, or did the ferry worker who found him make a mistake? That question will likely never be answered. The antlers are currently in the possession of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.
Frank Cameron – Non-Typical, 1936
Hunter Frank Cameron killed this non-typical bull that scored 460 1/8. Little is known about Cameron or where he killed the elk.