Ever dreamed of taking an elk of record book proportions? These hunters made it happen.
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Denny Austad grabbed headlines across the country after downing the new world record elk dubbed "Spider Bull." The huge animal officially scored 478-5/8 B&C non-typical points.
Few animals are as jaw-droppingly impressive as a full-grown elk. With a body weight approaching half a ton, antlers spanning six feet, and a multi-point wide rack, white-tipped and majestic, a rut-crazed and bugling wapiti is something to behold.
Rare is the America big game hunter who doesn’t dream of tagging one of these elusive and awe-inspiring animals. To help stir those dreams, here’s a photo gallery of some of Safari Club International’s all-time record-book elk trophies. For more, check out the SCI website, (www.scirecordbook.org).
Alan Hamberlin traveled to Navajo County, Arizona in October 1998 to down this giant non-typical Rocky Mountain elk. With a score of 474 3/8, it ranks No. 2 with SCI. Everything about this enormous 8x8 elk is impressive—inside antler spread of 40 2/8s inches, and main beam lengths of 53 inches (left) and 59 5/8s inches (right).