California Guide Tags Pending World-Record Roosevelt Elk. It Wouldn’t Be His First

Tim Carpenter already holds the Pope & Young record for the largest Roosevelt bull ever taken with a bow. Now he'll likely hold the Boone & Crockett world record with his 2023 bull
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Tim Carpenter with a his pending world record Roosevelt elk. Boone & Crockett Club

The Boone and Crockett Club announced on Wednesday that a giant Roosevelt elk killed by Tim Carpenter in northern California in 2023 could be a new world record. The skull is awaiting confirmation by a judge’s panel, which will determine whether it’s crowned the new No. 1 Roosevelt bull in the B&C book. Although the panel won’t convene until April 2025, the new record seems likely at this point. The bull’s preliminary score of 439 7/8 inches is well over the current world record, which Rick Bailey holds with a bull from British Columbia that scored 419 6/8 in 2015.

As the B&C Club says in a press release, Carpenter is “no stranger to big elk.” He’s taken several other record bulls, and he already holds the archery world record for Roosevelt elk with a bull that he killed in 2011 and scored 398 1/8, according to the Pope & Young Club. This means if Carpenter’s most recent bull holds up to the scrutiny of the B&C Special Judge’s Panel next April, he’ll have the No. 1 Roosevelt bulls in both books.  

And those are just the bulls that Carpenter has harvested himself. When he’s not working as a wildlife biologist in northern California, he guides elk hunts in the area, and he’s had success putting clients on other notable animals over the years. This includes the new P&Y world-record velvet Roosevelt elk that hunter Chris Krampe killed on Aug. 4, 2023. Krampe’s bull scored 324 2/8 inches, which was more than 76 inches over the previous world record. As Krampe explained to P&Y in December, Carpenter was the guide on that hunt as well.

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The bull’s preliminary score of 439 7/8 inches would smash the current record. Boone & Crockett Club

“We had already put a stalk on two giant bulls that my guide, Tim Carpenter, had mentioned would have probably both been a world record,” Krampe said, referring to their August 2023 hunt. “Honestly, I thought he was joking with all the ‘new world record’ talk, but he ensured me that he was being serious about it being a chart-topping bull. Carpenter was very familiar with the bull that was the current world record because he guided the hunter that had killed him as well. Carpenter has a history of getting on giant Roosevelt elk, and this bull was very special to say the least.”

Carpenter killed his pending world-record Roosevelt bull on Sept. 21, a little over a month after putting Krampe on his own world-record elk. Both bulls were taken in Humboldt County, which lies on the northern coast closer to Oregon. (Any elk taken south of the Humboldt County line are classified as Tule elk, according to the boundaries set by B&C.)

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Carpenter was not available for comment on Wednesday, and the details behind his September hunt are slim. But he told B&C that he estimated the elk’s age around 11 or 12 years old. He added that it wasn’t as big in the body as some of the other record-book bulls he’s put his hands on.

“You’d think that packing around antlers like that, it would be beefier,” Carpenter said. “The elk’s body was the average size of a mature Roosevelt bull, and his antlers still dwarfed his body. It was probably from a combination of great genetics, perfect environmental conditions, and lots of late rain providing great forage for finishing out antler growth.”