The Top 40 Biggest Moose Ever Taken

Record-book bulls from the Boone and Crockett Club archives

Moose are one of North America's largest game animals, second only to the bison. So it's no surprise that throughout moose hunting history, some gigantic bulls have been taken. There's been no better record keeper of massive bullwinkles than the Boone and Crockett Club, which divides its book into Alaskan/Yukon moose and Canada moose. With B&C's help, we've gathered the photos and stories of the 20 biggest bulls from each category.
When John Crouse and two friends flew into east-central Alaska, Crouse had made up his mind he would shoot just about any moose he saw. They were on a six-day hunt at the end of August and camped on a ridge when Crouse saw a glint of antler. That day there was the typical Alaska rain and fog, but there was enough visibility to spot this moose in his bed. Crouse waited for it to stand. When it did, the moose took two solid, well-placed shots from Crouse's .270. That's right: he killed a world-record moose with a .270. It took the three men an hour to get it in a position just to be butchered. It then took them two full days to pack it back to camp. When the pilot came to pick it up, the rack wouldn't fit anywhere in or outside the plane. And get this: Crouse suggested they split the skull to fit the antlers inside. The pilot wouldn't hear of it and sent for a bigger plane.
Hunter: William G. Nelson Score: 256 6/8 Year: 1997 Location: Beluga River, AK William Nelson, his son Brian and longtime hunting partner Dean were out to fill the freezer with some moose meat in the Beluga River drainage 30 miles west of Anchorage. It was the middle of November, 25 degrees and snowing hard when they left camp on snowshoes. William had shot his first moose in the area as a boy 40 years prior and knew the country well. The party stopped to glass the drainage when movement caught their attention. It was a moose, a big moose, whose palms were filled with snow. The bull was 250 yards away, but every time William put the scope on him, the massive antlers were covered the bull's vitals. Finally, the old bull put his head down, William emptied his scope of snow and took the shot. The moose moved ever so slightly and disappeared from view. Dean snowshoed down and found the bull curled up dead with a shot through the lungs.
Hunter: Kenneth Best Score: 255 Year: 1978 Location: McGrath, AK No one, it seems, is ever looking for a world record moose; they just find one and shoot it. At least that's the case for the top three Alaskan/Yukon moose. When Kenneth Best and hunting partner Art Beatie left camp near McGrath, Alaska, they did so in a 12 ft raft with a 12 ft ceiling of gray, wet clouds hanging over the willows. After a couple hours of floating and some unsuccessful forays onto shore to call for moose, they rounded a bend a saw this monster moose on a sandbar. They floated to within 75 yards and the moose vanished. Both men hit the ground and spilt up. Best found the moose browsing not 40 ft away from him, just opposite a patch of willows. He filled his scope with brown fur and shot the bull in the shoulder. He followed-up with a shot in the neck and spent the rest of the day wrestling that massive rack through the willows to the boat.
Hunter: Franz Kohlroser Score: 254 5/8 Year: 2005 Location: Kvichak River, AK When you're a guide and your client travels all the way from Austria, you want to get him on a bull. So when it came down to Franz Kohlroser's last day of his hunt, guide Eric Lantzer was feeling the heat, despite the Alaskan cold, wind and rain. They were near the Kvichak River in southwest Alaska when after a spot of tea, Lantzer finally spotted a bull–a very good bull. The moose bedded down and the two closed the mile-long gap and stalked to within 76 yards. Lantzer gave two grunts, and the bull jumped from its bed. Franz fired twice and brought home a fine specimen for any Swiss Chalet.
Hunter: Bert Klineburger Score: 251 Year: 1961 Location: Mt. Susitna, AK
Hunter: Dyton A. Gilliland Score: 250 3/8 Year: 1947 Location: Kenai Pen., AK
Hunter: Josef Welle Score: 249 6/8 Year: 1967 Location: Mother Goose Lake, AK
Hunter: David W. Boone Score: 249 6/8 Year: 1996 Location: Pedro Bay, AK
Hunter: Real Langlois Score: 249 4/8 Year: 2008 Location: Earn Lake, YT I first saw Real Langlois at SHOT Show. He is not a very big man and the Vegas working girls he'd hired to hand out flyers towered over him in their stilettos. My eyes eventually made it to his TV screen where the video of him arrowing this massive bull at three yards played over and over again (See the video here). And I had to watch it again and again. He calls himself "Homme Panache"—that's French for rack man. No, I don't make this stuff up. He's been a bowhunter for three decades, and he's good at what he does. As for this bull, Langlois was in a boat on a lake in the Yukon in September. He spotted something unusual on the shore, grunted and saw this massive bull. He snuck onto shore, got the wind in his favor, rattled and flashed his wooden paddles. The bull had two cows and started to come in. Langlois had not one, but two cameramen by his side. The bull was a decade old and 1,600 pounds. He came straight in to the grunts, flashing his behemoth rack right in the mens' faces. The bull turned when he was within spitting distance. In a move that takes a serious gut check, Langlois drew and fired at a mass of brown. Lucky for the crew, the bull bolted and bedded down one last time.
Hunter: John R. Johnson Score: 249 3/8 Year: 1995 Location: Tikchik Lake, AK This may not be the world's record, but it certainly scores high for the best story. When Doug Johnson graduated from Eastern Oregon State College, his dad, John, celebrated by treating them both to a self-guided, 10-day moose and caribou hunt in Woodtikchik State Park. But when the weather turned calm and warm, the bugs emerged and pushed all the moose into the brush. The men finally took to the high country to glass any hidden bulls and found one 200 yards away. Both men had never hunted moose before and Alaska's regs for non-residents can be about as annoying as any mosquito swarm on a warm day. So they waited and watched the moose to be absolutely certain it had three brow tines on each antler. When the moose bedded, both men saw the bull was legal. Suddenly, it jumped up, looked at the men, and Dad got in three body shots and one neck shot and put him down. They packed out 600 pounds of meat four miles back to camp over four days with junior packing out the massive rack.
Hunter: Henry S. Budney Score: 249 2/8 Year: 1967 Location: Alaska Range, AK
Hunter: David B. Parent Score: 249 1/8 Year: 1982 Location: Granite Mt., AK
Hunter: Loren G. Hammer Score: 248 7/8 Year: 1967 Location: Farewell Lake, AK
Hunter: Bill Foster Score: 248 5/8 Year: 1912 Location: Kenai Pen., AK
Hunter: Myron A. Peterson Score: 248 3/8 Year: 1988 Location: Natla River, NT
Hunter: Bruce B. Hodson Score: 248 1/8 Year: 1970 Location: Mulchatna River, AK
Hunter: Mark S. Rose Score: 247 7/8 Year: 2003 Location: Rapid Creek, AK
Hunter: Vol S. Davis, Jr. Score: 247 5/8 Year: 1984 Location: Bering River, AK Vol and his guide used a plane to glass 5,000 acres of swamp and mosquito larvae. In three days of "scouting" they lost count at 65 moose, but zeroed in on one massive bull. Three days of zig-zagging in the swamp on foot put the hurt on then 53-year-old Vol so they decided to head a little higher out of the muck. Vol's guide would climb a tree and glass, climb a tree and glass–he did this for several hours until Vol saw his guide grin. They stalked in on three massive bulls standing antler to antler. The bulls stared at the men. It took three shots to the brisket from a .300 Weatherby Magnum to bring down the biggest of the trio. His two buddies scattered at the first shot, only to return as the men were admiring the dead moose. They stood rifles ready and one bull bluff charged, grunting in disapproval before it walked off.
Hunter: Craig S. Spence Score: 247 5/8 Year: Selawik Hills, AK Year: 2008
Hunter: Gale L. Galloway Score: 247 4/8 Year: 1970 Location: Iliamna Lake, AK
#1 Canada Hunter: Michael E. Laub Score: 242 Year: 1980 Location: Grayling River, BC Michael Laub had always dreamed of a big game hunt in the great unknown for moose and grizzly bear, but he had a few things working against him. He'd never seen a moose before, he was afraid of flying and once he actually made it to the bush he had to sleep with the comforting notion that his rifle was snuggled in with him. He had hunted for moose in British Columbia for nine straight days and hadn't seen so much as a rabbit, which could explain the itchy trigger finger once he did see his first-ever moose. The big bull was 350 yards away when Laub shot the first time. When the moose didn't stick around, Laub and his guide took off after him on their horses. After riding, shooting and riding some more, Laub hit him in the hind quarter. They rode to within 25 feet and Laub shot him in the head.
Hunter: Doug E. Frank Score: 240 6/8 Year: 2002 Location: Kinaskan Lake, BC This hunt almost never happened. Frank tweaked his knee playing softball a month before the hunt, but persevered only to discover rain and fog threatened to cancel all his flights north. But alas, he and his buddies made it in time to hunt. Riding into the base camp, the hunters had two bulls run right in front of them and then fought each other in the brush for a good half hour. Things were looking up. The next day produced some bulls, but not ones big enough to justify a shot. Then the guide glassed across a canyon from their spike camp and spotted a massive bull. Frank had a solid rest, but a shot of 500 yards has a lot of variables. One shot. Two shots. Then on the third shot the 1600-pound moose finally flinched. He was down for good. Upon field-dressing it, the men found three holes in a softball-sized group.
Hunter: Albertoni Ferruccio Score: 240 2/8 Year: 1982 Location: Teslin River, BC When Feruccio came to the Cassiar Mountains in British Columbia, he was looking to do some serious hunting. He had a Mauser 375 H&H Magnum with 270-grain soft-points, tags for moose, caribou, grizzly, and wolf, with 21 days to fill them. A couple days into the hunt, the guide put him on a good moose, but Ferruccio didn't feel comfortable with the shot, so he passed. The guide was miffed, and they moved on. Later, they found a pair of bulls 300 yards away. Feruccio picked out the big boy and with four shots, had himself the number three Canada moose to take back to Europe.
Hunter: Silas H. Witherbee Score: 238 5/8 Year: 1914 Location: Bear Lake, QC
Hunter: Roger J. Ahern Score: 229 2/8 Year: 1977 Location: Muncho Lake, BC
Hunter: Brenton Holland Score: 228 6/8 Year: 1997 Location: MacEachern Lake, NS
Hunter: Frank A. Hanks Score: 227 6/8 Year: 2004 Location: Kawdy Mt., BC For Christmas, Frank Hanks' family decided to get him a moose hunt. Frank's son Wade went along for good measure. Together with their .338 Win Mags, they had a 24-hour truck ride, a plane ride, a 2-hour Argo cruise and a 20-mile horseback ride to get to their destination. And when they got there, moose were coming out of every willow and swamp in sight. One day, they glassed more than a dozen moose and picked one out for a stalk. As they crept in, they bumped an even bigger bull and Frank shot him off-hand. The moose came at them, more scared than charging, and dad kept shooting until the moose crumpled 60 yards away. The rack was 60 inches wide and boasted 33 points. Not to be outdone, Wade took off after the first bull they saw. One shot put him down. It was nearly 60 inches with 23 points. It took 24 horses to pack both moose and their spike camp back to the main camp.
Hunter: Donald F. Blake Score: 227 4/8 Year: 1985 Location: Cook Co., MN You read that right, we're talking about Minnesota here. With only four percent of hunters pulling this moose tag, it's a hunt not to take lightly. Donald Blake was trying hard for a week and a half in the '85 season, and he threw every grunt and rattle he could find all to no avail. He was feeling a little bummed when he called in to check in with his wife. Unfortunately, she told him, Floyd, the family dog had died in the night. Things could only get rosier from here, right? He was hunting a clear-cut when a very big moose caught his attention. He ran after it, shooting his .30-06 at the animal. The moose took off, even though the bullet had hit the heart and gone through both lungs. He drove his truck to within 800 feet of the bull, but he still had a huge deadfall and creek between him and his truck. He started skinning the bull at 3 pm. By midnight, he passed out in the bed of his truck and awoke to timber wolves prowling 100 yards away. He boned the rest of the moose out, and on the last trip, his pack frame finally gave in and broke. He got a shoulder mount for the bull, but it wouldn't fit through the door, so Blake put in a bigger door.
Hunter: Tim Harbridge Score: 226 7/8 Year: 1978 Location: Whitecourt, AB
Hunter: Richard Petersen Score: 226 6/8 Year: 1977 Location: Halfway River, BC
Hunter: Carl J. Buchanan Score: 225 Year: 1960 Location: Driftwood River, AB
Hunter: Keith A. Grant Score: 224 6/8 Year: 2008 Location: Tatshenshini River, BC Grant traveled to the Tatshenshini River in British Columbia for moose and mountain goat. He bagged a goat shortly after his feet hit the ground. He and his guide lounged around in camp after packing the goat out, and the next September morning was cold and still. They glassed up this bull the guide had seen two years prior, and they started grunting. The bull heard them and slowly took his time to come in. It was an hour before the guide and Grant wondered if they should pack it in, but then the moose parted the willows. Grant waited until he was 40 yards away and shot him twice. While they field-dressed it, two more bull moose stood watch.
Hunter: Roy M. Hornseth Score: 224 1/8 Year: 1959 Location: Nipawin, SK
Hunter: Pierre A. Lachance Score: 223 7/8 Year: 1985 Location: Buffalo Lake, MB
Hunter: Ray Olson Score: 223 6/8 Year: 2008 Location: Cassiar Dist., BC
Hunter: N/A Score: 223 5/8 Year: 1980 Location: Island Lake, MB
Hunter: Donald G. Allen Score: 223 Year: 1995 Location: Stikine River, BC At the time, Allen was a guide in Montana and Idaho, so he knew his way around the woods. He drove two days from Montana to reach Dease Lake in British Columbia to hunt goats. When the weather turned too nasty for goats, Allen and his guide shifted gears to moose. On the horseback ride in to moose camp, the guide saw an antler across a lake. He got the bull to stand, and started yelling in his loudest whisper, "Shoot! Shoot!" Allen took the 350-yard shot across the lake and connected. They took the bull into town, and it caused quite a stir. When a big moose is shot in small-town Canada, you might as well have the Stanley Cup on display. They left the bull and took off again for goat, but they got snowed out. A record-book moose would have to do.
Hunter: Manuel Dominguez Score: 222 Year: 1947-no photo Location: Clearwater River, AB
Hunter: Picked Up Score: 222 Year: 2006 Location: Eagle Creek, SK
Hunter: Roland Wilz Score: 221 7/8 Year: 1971 Location: Goat Creek, BC