Once again we have something that really starts to cause a major frenzy on the Internet. Message boards and emails are draining the bandwidth of America trying to find the “real” story about this huge bull elk. The last few days I have been hit so hard with emails about this bull I had to just make a post.
Similar to last year, we have a huge bull elk that is making people wonder. Last year we had two instances that I was able to clear up on the King’s Blog. Kevin Reid and his two monster Idaho high fenced bulls and also the big archery bull from Texas caused quite a storm of interest. Fortunately, people were able to find some closure on the King’s blog and find out the real story on all of these bulls. Well, here we are again…another big bull and nothing but questions seem to arise with not very many answers.
For all of you who are already very familiar with this bull due to the emails that have been forwarded to you, this is basically what is being stated about the bull:
“This Elk was killed with a bow in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. He green scored 575″ and should net out at about 530″ non typical. He has and unbelievable outside spread of 79″. This is the biggest bull ever taken with any weapon.”
There is no question after looking at the photo of this elk, that a score of 575 seems very possible. Some people have claimed that the photo has been doctored up and points have been added to it. That could very well be the case. However, let’s just assume this bull is legit and really does score 575 gross and 530 net non-typical. This would clearly destroy all records whether you are talking Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young, or Safari Club International (SCI). However, the biggest question that is coming to everyone’s mind…is this a legit, fair chase, no high-fence bull elk?
The email states that it is from the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. This Wilderness is found in Idaho and ranges over 1.3 million acres of land. This area is the Idaho Montana border and the Wilderness also extends into Montana. Idaho does have high fence operations, therefore Idaho is a very valid location that this bull may have come from. I don’t believe it came from the Montana side as high fence hunting is illegal in this state (however, I know there are some operations who are getting around the system there…but that is for a different time and topic).
So Idaho could be the place, but a bull of this caliber just doesn’t match Idaho’s elk. Sure there are some good elk – potential big stuff, but Idaho is not a state that is continually producing big bulls. I have also heard of people talking about a huge elk taken up in Canada. Canada, specifically Saskatchewan, has many high fence hunting operations. One thing you can probably tell from my own assessment is that this bull is a high fence bull. Too many things lead to this, but I will keep my mind open to the contrary until I can finally prove otherwise.
I will be honest. I just got done with a marathon session busting out our next issue of the magazine and getting a fall catalog ready. I have not had a lot of time to research this bull out. I am feeling in a pretty good mood and therefore want to put all of our heads together and get this one figured out. I will go out on a limb and call this a high fenced bull. THE FIRST PERSON TO PROVE THE LEGITIMACY OF THIS BULL GETS A NICE FREE GIFT.
Yes, you heard right. The first person to email me correct information about this bull or a lead that will help me track down the correct information I will give them a free ShadowCamo fleece jacket and hat. Hey, that is about a $100 value! Not bad for a Tuesday. Good luck.
NOTE: This is now over…the prizes have been given out and I no longer need you to email me stuff about this bull. We have it covered now. Thanks…Read on.
UPDATE: Here are some additional photos that have been emailed to me. I think this pretty much clears up the fact that this is a high fence bull elk. Where it was taken and who the hunter is is still unanswered.
CONCLUSION: So here we are after 115 comments and many versions on what people may think about this elk, what is the final conclusion. I have actually been waiting the last few days to make this post as I have had trouble getting in contact with the person I needed to at the Ranch. After emails and multiple phone calls I have been able to talk to people there, but unable to hook up with the person who had the details I was looking for. However, I do know enough to make my own conclusion in addition to a lot of information that is out there and information that people have emailed me.
It is not that hard to conclude that this bull elk IS a high fence bull elk. The elk was taken within a high fence confinement. That is confirmed. The elk was NOT taken in Idaho, Montana or anywhere in the U.S. This elk was from a game farm/ranch operation located in Quebec, Canada. It was taken during their 2006 hunts. Rumors that the bull scores 575 gross is not true, however it is close. The bull elk scores 560 gross or 560 SCI. It was in fact taken with a rifle, not a bow. Many people are concerned that a bull of this size will somehow trick everyone and make it into the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young record books. This is not going to happen. You don’t need to worry about this at all. B&C and P&Y are very protective of their records program and go to great pains to keep them clear of these types of animals. Many have wondered if the photos of the bull in velvet eating out of the dish is really the same elk in the kill shot. It is.
Contrary to what people think, the “shooter” in the photo next to this huge elk is not stating any kind of record, is not claiming any kind of B&C or P&Y status. It could however be a world record for SCI in their “high fenced” category, but I am unsure of this. Whoever started the email stating the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness location is unknown at this time. My purpose of posting this photo and information was soley to confirm and clear up all of the confusion that the bull caused and the concern that thousands of people had that this may or may not be a world record and was it a legit, fair chase, non high fenced animal. I think we have all helped in clearing this up. Thanks.