3. Remarkable Trophy Potential
Think a 150-class whitetail is immense? Wait 'til you see a 380-inch bull elk. Elk antlers can grow big in every way: mass, tine length, width, but the overall impression of seeing a big mature bull will take your breath away. The adjectives that come to mind are all cliched--majestic, royal, epic--but damned if I can come up with better ones. And maybe because they're occupying a vacant niche, reintroduced elk tend toward trophies. In Pennsylvania last year, hunters killed a collection of record-book bulls, including a 480-inch 9x7 and a 384-inch 8x9. Those are not just big for the Keystone State. They're big anywhere.