New state record certified for nontypical bull elk in Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. — Kentucky has a new state record for a bull elk
with non-typical antlers.

Harrodsburg resident Terrell Royalty’s 7×7 elk scored 372 6/8 in
the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, besting the old record
of 367 7/8 taken in Harlan County in 2008. Royalty took his record
elk from a wildlife management area in Knott County on Oct. 4,
2009.

“This new state record shows the quality elk hunting we have on
our public lands,” said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Resources Commissioner Jon Gassett. “In addition to the great elk
hunting on private lands, Kentucky boasts world-class elk hunting
on public lands as well.”

A non-typical rack means the tines are not located in a typical
location. Royalty’s elk had seven tines each on either side of its
rack. The score is the totaled measurements of the main beams,
tines, width and mass. The trophy could not be officially scored
until after a 60-day drying period.

“I’ve hunted all of my life, I’ve had buck fever and all, but
this bull was by far the biggest adrenaline rush of my life,” said
Royalty, 52. “Once it hit the ground, I felt like I was being
stabbed with a million needles and it lasted two or three hours. I
was almost in shock.”

Royalty said he scouted the area with help from his friend Paul
Moore, who participated in the 2008 cow elk hunt. “We started
scouting well before the hunt and found this bull,” Royalty said.
“Paul and I grew up together, and he helped me a bunch.”

The first week of the 2009 bull elk season started Saturday,
Oct. 3. Royalty’s hunt proved fruitless for a day and half. Then,
about 2 p.m. Sunday, Royalty, who was hunting with his best friend,
Brad Smith, and guide Bob Hunter, heard a bugle.

“After we heard that bugle, we moved to get out front and
downwind,” he said. “We tracked and tracked to stay out in front of
this bull. About 5 p.m. or so, a cow calf came out and we cow
called back and forth. Then, the one cow calf turned into about
nine. The cows came out in twos and got older and bigger as they
came out.”

The trophy bull then appeared in the clearing around 6 p.m. and
bugled at another bull in the distance. “He turned broadside and
everything was perfect,” Royalty said. “It took 15 minutes to get
the right angle on him.”

Royalty, who estimated that he was 340 yards away from the bull,
aimed his .300 Winchester Short Magnum rifle and shot only
once.

Tina Brunjes, big game coordinator for Kentucky Fish and
Wildlife, was not surprised to learn the record had been broken.
“Kentucky continues to produce new state records with regularity,”
she said. “Each year drawn hunters can reasonably expect a chance
to beat the state record.”

Applications for this year’s hunt are now on sale online at
fw.ky.gov, the official Web site of
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. It costs $10 to apply, and a hunter may
apply only once. The drawing for the elk quota hunt is open to
residents and nonresidents. The deadline to apply for this year’s
hunt is April 30.

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