Montana elk likely largest ever taken with a bow

Steve Felix with his monster elk rack. (Boone and Crockett Club photo)

The Boone and Crockett Club and Pope and Young Club announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that an elk from Montana taken on public land during the archery season in 2016 is a potential new archery world record typical American elk.

After the mandatory 60-day drying period, the elk’s official entry score was confirmed at an astounding 430 inches. The bull was taken on a solo hunt early in the Montana archery season by a resident hunter, Steve Felix, who then brought the bull to the attention of the Boone and Crockett Club, headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

“History was made right here in Montana,” said Justin Spring, Boone and Crockett Club’s director of Big Game Records. This is the fourth-largest bull in our records, which date back to before 1900, the largest since 1968 and the largest from the state of Montana.”

The current Boone and Crockett record taken with a rifle scored 442-5/8. The second- and third-largest typical elk were taken before 1900. The current archery world record typical elk scored 412-1/8 and was taken in 2005 from Arizona.

“It’s a milestone in the success of our commitment to this iconic species,” Spring said. “Animals of this size do not happen by chance. It takes the combined commitment of wildlife managers and biologists, landowners, sportsmen and, above all else, it takes the best habitats we can set aside for elk in elk country.”

The last step in the process, in order to obtain an official score for Pope and Young Club world-record status, is to have the antlers panel scored by a group of Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett measurers. This will take place just prior to Pope and Young Club’s Biennial Convention and Big Game Awards Ceremony, April 5-8, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri, where the animal will be displayed.
Using the Boone and Crockett scoring system for big game, the Pope and Young Club maintains records for archery taken trophies. Boone and Crockett records animals taken by all legal hunting methods.”We’re excited, not only for the health of our elk populations and bowhunting, but to be able to share this outstanding specimen with the public for the first time at our biennial convention,” said Joe Bell, executive director for the Pope and Young Club.

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