Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young recently confirmed a potential new archery world-record elk killed recently in Montana, and it's a beast!
A massive bull was recently confirmed by both the Boone & Crockett Club and the Pope & Young Club as being a potential new World Record elk.
It was a resident hunter in Montana who harvested the animal.
Boone & Crockett's Director of Big Game Records, Justin Spring reported, "After meeting the hunter, hearing the story, and seeing the photos I knew this was a special animal and a historic moment in big game hunting and conservation. I immediately contacted Pope & Young."
The Pope & Young Club is a conservation and bowhunting record keeping organization. Pope & Young Club Executive Director Joe Bell said,
Any game animal taken in an ethical, sportsmanship-like manner is a trophy worth honoring. However, some specimens are remarkable, not only for their size, but how they symbolize successful conservation efforts. The existence of outstanding specimens like this incredible animal is testament that today's hunters, wildlife professionals, and conservation organizations are achieving tremendous success by practicing sound conservation and wildlife-management programs.
The Montana elk's B&C green score is an amazing 429-6/8 net and 448-4/8 gross. The current P&Y World Record typical American elk scores 412-1/8 points, and was taken in Arizona in 2005.
"The antlers need to complete a required 60-day drying period before they can be officially scored," said Spring. "But a senior B&C Measurer taped the bull, so we're confident with the green score." The green score of the elk is 4-3/8 higher than the current #4 typical bull in Boone & Crockett's all-time records.
"This bull may well be the largest typical American elk taken in the last 48 years," said Spring.
The bull was killed on a solo hunt early in this year's Montana archery season. After a rough score by a taxidermist a B&C Official Measurer was called in to remeasure and confirm the green score.
When questioned as to how the harvest of such a monstrous, potential World Record elk can be equated to a conservation success story, B&C replied, "The size of the animals harvested are an indicator of the success of conservation efforts, which are primarily funded by sportsmen."
One commentator, Reed Schwarck, also responded:
Because of the conservation efforts of hunters, trophies like this bull are on the rise. With healthier herds that would not be possible. Without the money and hard work of the hunting community elk would be in a vastly different position as a species and you would not be hearing of world record animals being harvested. We manage the populations to help prevent the spread of disease and to keep ecosystems balanced.
If you do not see the correlation between hunting and wildlife conservation you need to take a closer look and maybe break out your checkbook in the name of habitat preservation and reconstruction.
We would not be hunting these animals if their populations were endangered. And we as sportsmen and women have a love for the land and the animals that inhabit it. We have a respect that few share outside of the hunting atmosphere. While the ultimate goal of a hunt is to harvest game. It is not the sole measure of the success of a hunt.
The same goes for conservation our goal as conservationists is to support a stable and healthy population of all species within a given ecosystem. The lands that have been set aside for preservation of habitat have not only helped game species but many other animals as well. We count our kills as conservation for the simple fact that were it not for conservation efforts of the hunter we would not have sustainable populations that would afford hunting opportunities that we enjoy today.
The Montana hunter who killed the bull wishes to remain anonymous at this time. If this bull does become the next Pope & Young World Record elk his anonymity may be short-lived.
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