Nebraska: Seward Girl’s Bull Elk More Than Just a State Record

Hannah Helmer of Seward and her Nebraska state-record non-typical American elk that scored 430 6/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system. The 14-year-old harvested the bull near Crawford, Nebraska, on September 24, 2016. Courtesy Photo.
Hannah Helmer of Seward and her Nebraska state-record non-typical American elk that scored 430 6/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system. The 14-year-old harvested the bull near Crawford, Nebraska, on September 24, 2016. Courtesy Photo.
Nebraska Games and Parks Commission
Nebraska Games and Parks Commission

LINCOLN-(Ammoland.com)- A bull elk harvested by a Seward girl in September is not only the new non-typical record for Nebraska, it also ranks 16th in the all-time world records maintained by the Boone and Crockett Club.

Hannah Helmer’s bull, harvested on the Sept. 24 opener of the elk season in the Hat Creek Unit near Crawford, was officially scored at 430 6/8 on Nov. 30 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist Randy Stutheit. That topped the previous mark of 409 7/8 taken by Dana Foster of Ogallala in Garden County in 2008.

“I think this is a very big deal for Nebraska,” Stutheit said. “A lot of people don’t even think of Nebraska when they think of elk, let alone Boone and Crockett class animals of that size. I think it’s going to surprise sportsmen all over the place when they see a Nebraska elk making the top 20 in the all-time Boone and Crockett records.”

There are between 2,000 and 3,000 elk in Nebraska, mostly in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills, Niobrara River Valley, and the Loess Canyons south of near North Platte. Annual hunts have been held since 1995. Helmer was one of 111 to draw a bull permit in Nebraska in 2016. Another 210 cow permits were issued.

Hannah Helmer of Seward holds the antlers of a bull elk she shot in the Hat Creek Unit near Crawford on September 24, 2016. The elk scored 430 6/8 on the Boone & Crockett scale, making it the new state record for non-typical American elk and putting it 16th on Boone & Crockett’s current (13th edition, Records of North American Big Game) all-time records list. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Hannah Helmer of Seward holds the antlers of a bull elk she shot in the Hat Creek Unit near Crawford on September 24, 2016. The elk scored 430 6/8 on the Boone & Crockett scale, making it the new state record for non-typical American elk and putting it 16th on Boone & Crockett’s current (13th edition, Records of North American Big Game) all-time records list. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Joel Helmer, Hannah’s father, said he and a friend were simply hoping to get Hannah a good bull and have a good hunt. They called in a smaller bull on opening morning, but Hannah wasn’t able to get a clear shot. A half hour later, Joel’s friend blew on his elk call when this 8×7 bull stepped into a clearing, and when he stopped and bugled in reply, Hannah made a perfect shot to its vitals at just over 200 yards.

“It seemed so unreal,” Hannah said of the moment that followed. “I’m like, I can’t believe that I shot this.”

It was the first time her father had put her name in for the drawing for elk permits and only the second big game animal she’d harvested, the first being a white-tailed buck in 2015.

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Wyoming hunter

I’d say WMJ is probably off on a late season elk hunt .fellas this t s is just a sick parasite with no feelings of self worth that gets some sick feeling of existence by getting a rise out people (t s must stand for truly sick) ignore him and his trollish ways and he’ ll crawl back into the rotting vegetation.

TS
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TS

Hello Wyoming hunter. Double post must mean you are extra riled up, eh? Nice of you to step up and defend Wolfman Jackoff in his absence. Personally, I think he’s hiding in the basement with his really old guns, sweating profusely and having hallucinations about the demon bull elk that will stalk him if he leaves his unibomber shack in the woods. So, someone with a different opinion to you must be a troll? Must be nice to have such a sheltered existence. Sorry to burst your bubble. Forums are so much more fun and easy when everyone agrees with… Read more »

Wyoming hunter
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Wyoming hunter

Late season elk hunt , no doubt a good plan too.fellasthis t s is just an insignificant parasite with no self worth that gets a sick feeling of existence from the rise he can get out of everyone ;ignore him and his trollish behavior will cease as he crawls back into the rotting vegetation.

jim
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jim

TS, please. Show some civility. Why is it that you took time out of your day to cast such disdain on this little girl’s accomplishment? Is there evidence that she took this elk simply for the trophy? Why can she not feel pride in obtaining provender for the family? Why is it so distasteful to you that she mark the event with a photo of her take? ( an outing with her dad, most likely) We get it. You don’t like trophy hunters. Since you are a hunter, can you not congratulate her on a good shot and move on?… Read more »

TS
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TS

I have not picked on her at all! Read my comments. If anyone is to blame, it is indeed her parents. The world is small now, so trophy hunters cannot hide like they used to in their self-congratulatory, back-slapping boys clubs. Ultimately, what they do will be banned, like all sick backward traditions that hold the human race back from progress. You get upset over a girl not being congratulated, but never even spare a thought for the life that she took, for SPORT. Big old bulls are not the best for eating, so don’t give me the “we were… Read more »

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

TS, you seem to be here simply to have fun riling people up. Doesn’t appear to me she went trophy hunting. She saw a big bull and plugged it. They’ll eat it. Therefor nothing wrong. I agree that trophy hunting is wrong but this kind of hunting is OK. Would you outlaw hunting? Then what happens when there are too many animals for the environment? Do you shoot at all? If you are trolling, kindly stop.

Bill
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Bill

Larry, the best thing to do is not even respond to the sub-human parasite. TS is nothing more than a little boy in a large body that’s undecided about the rest of his life. Let TS continue to eat the drug riddled meat he picks-up out of the grocery stores and meat markets.

Wolf man jack
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Wolf man jack

Ok t.s. Pick us off one by one eh! After two tours in country ,the second as a MAC V sog squad leader many many better men than you could ever hope to be tried and failed you wouldn’t even be a challenge!

TS
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TS

Firstly, thank you for your service. I’m really impressed by that. Honest. However, just because you did that do you think it gives you any more “authority” on subjects like this? The F*ck it does. Okay, Wolf Man Jackoff, you will be the first to bow to my superior morals and intellect. I’m being facetious, of course. But, I do love it when you veterans pull the hero card, like now the conversation should end. NO, it has just begun. Again, trophy hunters are cowards with no morals who inflict pain and suffering, and who kill for the fun of… Read more »

TS
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TS

Where’d you go, Wolf Man Jackoff? Have you been picked off, already? I await the Depends, tranny, and gay jokes.

circle8
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circle8

Congrats Hannah. Nice harvest. Good luck in your future hunts.

TS
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TS

It’s actually quite amusing to witness you lowbrows trying to formulate even a basic argument. You should all go back for that high school diploma like your momma told ya. When it really comes down to it, you are just small minded people living small, inconsequential lives. Maybe killing animals, for food (yawn) is the only power you can find. Don’t worry though there are plenty of you, so you have safety and affirmation in numbers. Forums like Ammoland are a pile of dung to you flies. Full of “clever, witty” articles about gun rights, killing Lions and hating Obama… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Only 33. Plenty more years of killing innocent animals left in this guy. Cooking a white tail roast as we speak in the crock pot. This particular head is going to the taxidermist so I can look at him and fuel my desire for more meat and the chase. Since you were having an argument and you’re likely a rainbow flag flying liberal let me break it down for you. You believe that since even though you were born with male parts you are actually living as a woman in a man’s body. Right? Well similar to you….I’m a decendent… Read more »

TS
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TS

What the f*ck does that even mean? Seriously, go back to school. “Enjoy” and “killing” in the same sentence speaks volumes about you. Who is the lower life form, you or the Whitetail? For the record, I eat plenty of meat. I just don’t revel in the cowardly killing of animals. I don’t stand over them and gloat. The meat industry is generally disgusting, but equating someone eating meat and doing what you do as the same is just moronic. Standard deflection response to justify your own base wants. Go back to the original argument about trophy killing, if you… Read more »

Idadho
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Idadho

Would it have made a difference if he said ‘enjoyed harvesting food for his table’? It’s like enjoying making a living from the sweat off one’s own brow. But, the concept of being self-sufficient may be foreign to you. Who killed the grouse you had for dinner ? Was it slaughtered in a poultry processing facility ? Did it ever live in the wild ? Standing over a harvested large game animal is about the pride of being a successful hunter. Harvesting a trophy means you were able to outwit a very smart animal. They don’t get to be trophy… Read more »

TS
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TS

Outwit a smart animal? Yes, sit in the utter safety of your treestand and just shoot it as it’s eating food. Goddamn, son, you are so f*cking smart, and brave!! God bless the hero trophy hunters.

Idadho
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Idadho

TS, You are showing your utter ignorance. It is illegal to hunt over bait except in very limited situations in some states. Wild hogs are one of those exceptions. Do you object to killing wild hogs ? Elk are never hunted over bait. And, tree stands are anything but safe. Tree stands are not used to be safe from the target game. They are so the hunter, often an bow hunter, can have a better shot with a higher likelihood of a quicker kill vs poor shot with reduced chance of finding the injured animal that ran off and died.… Read more »

TS
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TS

Don’t talk shite, man. Bears are killed over piles of old donuts/pastries, while hunters sit in a tree and just wait for the biggest one to roll up. Cowardice extraordinaire. Actually, I feel ashamed for you. Your tree stand is your biggest danger on a hunt. Kind of proves my point. Morons. Second biggest danger is being shot by your drunk buddies. And, if you are so old and wrinkled and wise, how is it that in your looooong life of learning and wisdom training you still have no clue about honor, courage,and sense of fair play? No, just because… Read more »

Idadho
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Idadho

Yes, bears are the only game besides wild boar that can be hunted over bait except for the states that allow baiting deer on private lands. Baiting is often restricted based on whether there is a need to maintain a successful harvest so deer do not over-populate and cause a herd collapse. It is common when weather has kept hunters out of the wilds during the short season. But, only 10 states allows bears to be hunted over bait. Alaska and the states with the biggest bears do not allow it. A tree stand is no protection from black bears… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@TS You say that you eat plenty of meat, but you don’t kill your own meat, and yet, hunters are the cowards. Then after this stunning demonstration of non logic you think that you have the moral high ground to tell us to go back to school? Jim is correct when he observes that “…even though you were born with male parts you are actually living as a woman in a man’s body.”

TS
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TS

Who said I don’t kill my own meat? Not all of it, of course. I haven’t killed a cow lately.
Not all hunters are cowards. All trophy hunters are cowards –killing for sport, not for food. Prime example is that C8nt, Walter Palmer,whose life is now ruined. I’m happy about that.

Idadho
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Idadho

More ignorance. Cecil was a prideless lion that would not have lasted another year or two. Few African wild game are harvested that are not identified as needing culling. Nobody hunts giraffes or elephants unless the game managers need them culled. I used to live within a mile of an elk graveyard where old, often trophy elk, die as they try to survive a winter as they get old. They die slow painful emaciated deaths. Hunters often haul feed to the wintering grounds so more survive the winter. btw, Hannah wasn’t hunting for a trophy. She was hunting for a… Read more »

TS
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TS

Don’t make excuses for that grinning sh*tbag, Walter Palmer. He was just after a rug, a shirtless posed picture, and a fantastic tale of derring do to tell his chinless rich friends at the club–over cognac and cigars, of course. I hope he gets cancer–now that would be a cull I could get behind.

Also, your facts about about hunting in Africa are just plain wrong. You merely want to believe it.

WolfMan Jack
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WolfMan Jack

Congratulations Hannah! Unfortunately in today’s society we have far to many of the wrong and sick people allowed out of institutions like t.s. Please just ignore him and his vile comments. It is obvious that if he doesn’t agree with anyone he wants to control them just as a good communist acts, sadly he is in the early stages of edee V.D. Amin disease that has reached epidemic levels on the commie coasts and Hollywood. His bullying way is wrong,UN-American and copied from the the communists control handbook! The commies always go for the weak minded to help them! Congratulations… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@WMJ, Yes, it is so.

Wolf man jack
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Wolf man jack

First off Hannah congratulations!-unfortunately there are these wrong sick individuals in our society who want to control-everyone else -mostly they are communists, but in the case of t.s.it is obvious he is sick suffering from the early stages of Edee V.D. Amin disease that in at epidemic level in the commie coasts and Hollywood. Please just ignore him and his vile comments ,his bullying way is wrong and UN-American ;copying a page from the communist control handbook he is! Congratulations again!

TS
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TS

Like I said. This has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with your low hillbilly instincts.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@ TS, Science tell us that human beings do not have instincts. Whatever could you be referring to? Something in your own head, perhaps? Projecting on others, maybe?

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

TS, ever bought elk meat or venison at your local Safeway? Me, either. Dad shot a moose when we lived in Alaska and we ate fabulously all winter. So did the dog. I’ve eaten bear, too. Do you fish or only shop for groceries?

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

As long as her family eats it or gives the meat to feed the hungry, this is a good thing. You go, girl!

Idadho
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Idadho

One of the primary laws about hunting is about Wanton Waste. The whole animal must be harvested and used. Even freezer burned meat is sought out by dog owners. In some jurisdiction like Alaska, you will get a serious fine if you do not trim the meat from the ribs and every nook and cranny. Unfortunately, food banks often cannot take wild game meat that has not been processed by a USDA inspected facility. Not all wild game cutters are USDA inspected. A field or home butchered animal cannot be donated except to friends. Even then, state and federal laws… Read more »

TS
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TS

Right. This is ALL about EATING. Get over yourselves. This is about killing for fun. Proven beyond doubt by your pathetic ritual of standing proudly over the dead animal, like you just f*cking ACHIEVED something. Sorry, Hannah, you are just a kid, but your dimwit excuses for parents taught you that this was a civilized way to be. Killing a magnificent beast, so that you can stand there and take a picture. Sure, you “harvested” it. It had a life–and you took it. I’m ready for the day when humanity evolves beyond your moronic asses. And, don’t confuse me with… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@TS, Do you know how elk, deer, antelope, and all the other creatures die when nature is left to itself? This elk’s death was humane and quick. Have you ever seen the remains of any animal caught by a predator? Wolves are particularly bad. Wolves eat the animal while it is still alive, and that is neither quick nor humane. Think of yourself caught by the throat, while other wolves tear out your intestines, rip off your arm, and chew on your soft tissue. Your brain screams but your mouth can’t. And that is not all of mother natures trick.… Read more »

bob
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bob

THere’s no CONFUSION about it…You ARE a liberal, pacifist, animal-loving tree hugger!!! Ive analyzed you animal worshipping freaks……you are clinically mentally ill!! And calling hunters low life hillbillies is a clear indication of your bitterness from something connected to hunting….I would strongly suggest seeing a very good psychiatrist! Brcause If i had to choose who is sick between MILLIONS of hunters worldwide since the begining of time or you…….Guess what buddy…… YOU ARE A SICK LIBTARD!

Bill
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Bill

TS, a typical Liberal, Progressive Socialist Democrat that’s pis*ed because he has soiled his diaper and there is no one around to change it for him.

I ready for the day when your so hungry that your stomach is growling and the only recourse for you is to kill an animal in order to survive.

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

There are liberals who hunt and enjoy it.

Bill
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Bill

I have no doubt about that, but, the powder puff babies can not bring themselves to supply their own meat via, hunting.

Justsomeguy
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Justsomeguy

And a person should care what you think because?

Bill
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Bill

Actually, could care less what you think of my comment!!!! Like it fine, don’t like it, I could care less. Got anymore smart as* remarks????

Bad Cyborg
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Bad Cyborg

Why would a person of your obvious ideological leanings possibly be coming to a site like Ammoland? Only reason I can see is to troll. Same for that TS (Trans Sexual?) nitwit.

Bill
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Bill

Why would a person of your caliber be coming to AmmoLoad????? I’m Not a troll, that’s for sure and certain. Also, not a trans, gay or any other fancy word. Just a person that’s very tired of all you powder puffs complaining when someone harvest their own meat by hunting.

bill knight
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bill knight

Congratulations Hannah! Good thing I just ate, as I am now hungry for elk.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Hannah, Wow!

Ivano
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Ivano

TS.. wants to start an argument. JUST IGNORE HIM….THAT WILL BRUSE HIS EGO!

Westerner
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Westerner

Congratulations Hannah! Well done indeed! Your elk is the envy and dream of countless elk hunters nationwide. A fellow elk hunter I am

5WarVeteran
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5WarVeteran

Nice shot Hanna! You got to do what billions never will. Congratulations!

Whiskey For My Men Beer For My Horses
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Whiskey For My Men Beer For My Horses

What a cool article. Hannah’s relatives will be telling her story of the epic bull elk kill for generations. And justly so!

TS
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TS

Disgusting.

jim
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jim

Yup, TS. Food doesn’t magically appear neatly wrapped in cellophane at the butcher cabinet. Someone has to harvest it.

Mr Man
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Mr Man

I love it! You mean that the hamburgers, sausages, turkey, chicken wings and pork chops don’t grow naturally on the Grocery trees and Butcher Vines??? Really?? My world is ROCKED!! LMAO

5WarVeteran
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5WarVeteran

Only for city dwellers…

Bob
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Bob

Man you fool….of course it dont! All meat is grown in these white styreform trays…and when its ready they weigh it and cover it with clear saran wrap and put a price tag on it to be put on the meat counters all across America. Ask TS….it knows! ( I think TS stands for TERRIBLY STUPID!

Mr. Man
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Mr. Man

Grow up. Humans have hunted game for millions of years. We are ALL basic animals, some are herbivores and some are carnivores like HUMANS. Our teeth are meant to remove and process MEAT, not plants alone, but in combination.

Capn Jack
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Capn Jack

TS couldn’t wait to start the “Hate Mail”.
I believe the initials stand for, “Tenaciously Stupid”.

Idadho
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Idadho

Yes, it is disgusting they are only allowed to harvest 10 percent of the herd. Eventually, the herd will be larger than the habitat will support and the health of the herd will decline. I hope wildlife managers are keeping track of herd health.
Just wait until gray wolves make it to Nebraska. They will devastate the herd.

bob
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bob

Waaaaaaaaa…..Waaaaaaaaa…… YOUR PRESIDENT EATS DOGS!

Terry
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Terry

Can you read? “Helmer was one of 111 to draw a bull permit in Nebraska in 2016. Another 210 cow permits were issued.” This is a highly controlled hunt. The Nebraska spends considerable time and resources on determining what level the yearly harvest must be for the welfare of the herd. Nebraska Revised Statute 37-507 Revised Statutes Chapter 37 37-507 Chapter 37 Section 507 37-507. Game bird, game animal, or game fish; abandonment or needless waste; penalty. Any person who at any time takes any game bird, game animal, or game fish other than baitfish in this state and who… Read more »

jim
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jim

Nice article. Congratulations, Hannah!
Author: What gun/ammo was she using?

Vanns40
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Vanns40

Exactly what I was wondering!