A judges panel determined a final score of 478-5/8 non-typical points, an incredible 93-plus inches above the minimum score of 385 for non-typical American elk, and more than 13 inches larger than the prior world’s record.
It is the only elk on record with a gross score approaching the 500-inch mark, at 499-3/8. Official data dates back to 1830.
The giant bull has 9 points on the left and 14 on the right. The larger antler has a base circumference over nine inches.
The Boone and Crockett scoring system rewards antler size and symmetry, but also recognizes nature’s imperfections with non-typical categories for most antlered game. The bull’s final score of 478-5/8 inches includes an amazing 140 inches of abnormal points.
Hunter Denny Austad of Ammon, ID hunted the Monroe Mountain District in south-central Utah. Hunting with a self-designed rifle, he killed the bull on September 30. He hunted for 13 days before connecting with the trophy, dubbed “spider bull” for its unique antlers.
The previous world’s record for non-typical American elk was 465-2/8 points. That bull was found dead and frozen in Upper Arrow Lake, B.C., in 1994.
For hunter-taken non-typical American elk, the previous top bull scored 450-6/8 B&C points, taken in 1998 in Apache County, AZ, by Alan Hamberlin.