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14-Year-Old Harvests New Oklahoma Record Elk

Oklahoma's new state-record elk comes from a first-time elk hunter.

A first-time elk hunter took a monster bull last year in Oklahoma. That bull bull was just recently recognized by the state and by the Boone and Crockett Club as the new state record.

Olivia Parry, was 14 years old when she harvested the bull Oct. 16, 2016. Parry was on her first elk hunt and had been in the woods for only two days when she took her shot.

She reportedly passed on a shot that she felt was too long the second morning, before returning to town for softball practice. Upon heading back into the field after practice, she was able to shoot the big bull.

Parry's 5x5 bull scored 377.75 inches, surpassing the previous record elk by more than 39 inches. 

Her shoulder-mounted elk is apparently too big to fit in the house, so she hung it in the family's barn.

"The next morning, we were out at dawn looking for the bull again," Parry told RMEF. "While we were glassing our surroundings, the bull popped out on our hillside. I thought he was a really nice elk, but he was at least 300 yards away and too far to get a good shot. I wanted to shoot, but I didn't want to mess it up and scare him off.

"By afternoon, I still didn't have a good shot, so my dad and I decided to take a break and I went home and went to softball practice. I couldn't stop thinking about the big bull, so I asked my coach if I could leave practice a little early. My coach agreed and I was back in the field by 5 p.m. It wasn't long before the big bull ambled out into the open. I lifted my rifle and pulled the trigger. I started crying because I thought I missed him, but I didn't."

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