Heinz Naef got his world record moose confirmed by the Boone and Crockett Club.
We first shared the story of Naef and his trophy in December, and thought the best part of the entire ordeal was that he was merely hunting for meat and not questing after a trophy to hang on his wall.
Nonetheless, when the Yukon Territory bull was taken, few doubted that it would be eventually measured as the largest ever, at least for the Alaska-Yukon moose subspecies.
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The Boone and Crockett Club published the confirmation with a final score of 263-5/8, beating the previous record by two points. At the widest point of spread, it measured a remarkable 75-5/8 inches.
The trophy data used by the club to measure potential record antlers is a testament to North American conservation programs, as they reward the symmetry and size of horns and antlers. Those are great indications of outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting, according to Boone and Crockett.
"Congratulations to Yukon Territory's wildlife conservation agency, Environment Yukon, on succeeding in the many factors that go into ensuring healthy populations of moose," Eldon L. "Buck" Buckner, VP of Boone and Crockett Club's Records of North American Big Game Division, said in the story.
Naef was on a self-guided hunt near the Yukon River, close to Stewart Island on September 22, 2013 when he shot the moose with his .303 British with open sights and 180-grain Winchester ammunition.
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