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Nebraska Teen’s Bull Elk Officially Shatters Non-Typical State Record


Teen’s massive elk officially ascends to the No. 1 spot in Nebraska.

Back in early October, we told you about 14-year-old Hannah Helmer’s awesome first bull elk. It was suspected early on the massive animal would take over the top spot in the Cornhusker State for a non-typical elk.

On Wednesday, Hannah’s bull was confirmed not only as a state record, but a potential top 20 spot in the nation!

The massive bull had originally green-scored 428 1/8, but surprisingly, the final score taped out by Nebraska big game trophy records coordinator Randy Stutheit was higher after the 60-day drying period.

“The official score was 430 and 6/8 of an inch,” Hannah told “It’s amazing. I just can’t believe that happened to me.”

It also turns out Hannah’s elk absolutely obliterates the old mark of 409 7/8 inches that was harvested back in 2008. The bull still has to be reviewed and certified by Boone & Crockett before it receives a place in the national record books but there’s no denying how much attention the bull has already garnered for the eighth grader.

She received notes of congratulations and interview requests from all over the U.S. One particularly noteworthy letter came from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

“He said congratulations and I hope you get the record,” Hannah told

This season was an especially good one for elk across North America. A massive bull taken by a bow hunter in Montana is expected to become a new Pope & Young world record once final scoring takes place.

Another non-typical bull out of Saskatchewan is also believed to be a contender for the record in that province.


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Nebraska Teen’s Bull Elk Officially Shatters Non-Typical State Record