Wayne Munn is the new holder of the official state record elk in Oklahoma.
Munn’s elk, which scored 332 1/8 inches typical on the Boone and Crockett scoring system, easily beats the previous record of 310 1/8 inches.
Munn was able to harvest the elk on a limited entry hunt in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Upon hearing that he had drawn the tag, Munn said in a press release that he was “excited and somewhat in disbelief” since so few tags are awarded in the area.
Munn recognized that this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity and decided early on to hold out for a big bull. The first day of Munn’s hunt was eventful, with many bull sightings, but nothing that the hunter was interested in shooting. He later stated, “Most of the bulls were what I considered to be the average six-by-six bulls common to the refuge.”
In the late afternoon of the second day of his hunt, Munn finally found a shooter bull, but waning daylight and meat spoiling temperatures once again kept his finger off the trigger.
December 11, 2014 marked the third day of Munn’s hunt and it was destined to be eventful. The hunter said,
I set up in the dark in between some boulders, where I could see the area where I hoped the bulls were. I finally spotted one of the better bulls as it was slowly making his way along a ridge opposite of me. … So, I set up for a shot.
One shot from Munn’s .300 Winchester Magnum was all it took to bring down the new state record elk, but Munn had no idea exactly how big the bull really was until he got up close and personal. He later said, “Once I reached the bull, I was in complete awe at the size of the bull and its rack.”
Recently, Wayne Munn and his state record elk were recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation with a Cy Curtis award, an honor that recognizes trophy animals taken in the state of Oklahoma.
If you are interested in applying for an Oklahoma Controlled Hunt like the one that yielded this monster elk, visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next lucky hunter to shoot the state record elk and receive a Cy Curtis award.