Largest Elk in 48 Years, Largest Ever With a Bow

Steve Felix's 430 Inch Elk Is Potential World Record
Steve Felix's 430 Inch Elk Is Potential World Record
Boone and Crockett Club
Boone and Crockett Club

USA – -( Today the Boone and Crockett Club and Pope and Young Club announced that an elk from Montana taken on public land during the archery season in 2016 is a potential new archery World's Record typical American elk.

After the mandatory 60-day drying period, the elk's official entry score was confirmed at an astounding 430 inches. The bull was taken on a solo hunt early in the Montana archery season by a resident hunter, Steve Felix who then brought the bull to the attention of the Boone and Crockett Club, headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

“History was made right here in Montana,” said Justin Spring, Boone and Crockett Club's director of Big Game Records. This is the fourth-largest bull in our records, which date back to before 1900, the largest since 1968 and the largest from the state of Montana.”

The current B&C World's Record taken with a rifle scores 442-5/8. The second and third largest typical elk were taken before 1900.

“It's a milestone in the success of our commitment to this iconic species,” Spring continued. “Animals of this size do not happen by chance. It takes the combined commitment of wildlife managers and biologists, landowners, sportsmen and, above all else, it takes the best habitats we can set aside for elk in elk country.”

The last step in the process, in order to obtain an official score for Pope and Young Club World's Record status, is to have the antlers panel scored by a group of highly qualified P&Y and B&C Measurers. This will take place just prior to Pope and Young Club's Biennial Convention and Big Game Awards Ceremony April 5-8, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri, where this exceptional animal will be displayed and honored.

Using the B&C scoring system for big game, the Pope and Young Club maintains records for archery taken trophies. B&C records animals taken by all legal hunting methods.

“We're excited, not only for the health of our elk populations and bowhunting, but to be able to share this outstanding specimen with the public for the first time at our biennial convention,” explained Joe Bell, executive director for the Pope and Young Club.

The current archery World's Record typical elk scores 412-1/8 and was taken in 2005 from Arizona.

Both organizations point to the fact that a free-ranging elk of this size, living a long life on good habitat, is just one more indicator that wildlife conservation and management is working well.

“Elk of this size are a sign that we're doing something right out there,” said Spring. “And the end result couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. He's been bowhunting a lot of years and really gets the spirit of the chase, the importance of conservation, and what records keeping is all about–honoring the animal and what it took to make sure we still have elk with us, and the opportunity to see and hunt them.”

Steve Felix's 430 Inch Elk Score Sheet
Steve Felix's 430 Inch Elk Score Sheet ( Click for Larger View )

About the Boone and Crockett Club:

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

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  • 24 thoughts on “Largest Elk in 48 Years, Largest Ever With a Bow

    1. Too bad this hunter had to kill this magnificent animal just for his bragging rights. He should have photographed it, let it breed and make more Elk and taken a lesser animal for eating or hatracks or whatever his final use. A damn waste and thoughtless hunting. Giving this man a Crockett and Boone medal for Conservation is laughable and stupid.

      1. TS is that you repeating yourself with a different name. Have you learned nothing? I believe that Vann is quite right about you and I am quite wrong about you.

          1. @Too Sweet, If there was no attempt to deceive, as you say, then how could I be gullible? Do you even know the English language or the words that you use? Once again you have discredited yourself by your own words.

      2. What is so hard to believe. We, as a nation sacrifice our best sons and daughters, so that people like you can live.

          1. @Twisted Sister, I do not feel terrible at all. I did everything I could to survive, and it worked out. Now, the other part of the contract is that your tax dollars, if you actually pay any, go to support me, no matter what I chose to do. My wife is also a veteran of foreign wars, and a pensioner. Work on young slave to the socialist system, work on!

    2. It’s big. It’s magnificent. It’s a majestic beast. I have to kill it so that I can send in a photo to Ammoland and be a hero. Oh, and the backwoods moustache is pretty impressive, too.

      1. @TS, you are probably not aware that the American hunter brought all of the species of wild animals back from the edge of extinction. For example: there used to be six species of elk in the United States. Market hunting reduced the numbers to unhuntable populations, and two species of elk disappeared entirely. Market hunting was banned by the Lacey Act. After thirty, plus or minus, years of being left entirely alone, the herds’ numbers did not recover. The American hunting community designed the Robertson-Pitman Act, where by a ten percent tax was imposed on every firearm sold in America. The tax money was used to improve habitat, buy land, and move some of the various species around to take advantage of special opportunities for the hunted species. The comeback of wild life in America is one of the world’s greatest success stories, all brought about by people that wanted to go hunting.
        Efforts by the United States government, on the other hand have been ill conceived, failures that have recently impacted what American hunters have brought about. Efforts by PETA and HSUS have been more than failures, and have bordered on out and out fraud.

        1. TS doesn’t care about any of that the same as he doesn’t care that, were it not for hunters and hunting community, there would not be a single Whitetail deer in the Northeast. He either believes hamburger is grown in Petri dishes in a basement or he grazes on grass on doesn’t understand that without wild game and hunting there wouldn’t be any of that either.

        2. Thank you. You expressed that better than I could have. I’m more into fishing than hunting,but lfishing license sales have raised money to do the exact same thing in the aquatic environment.

          1. @Tad, Everything that has helped wild life, in this country, is due to the careful thought, dedicated manpower, and diligent oversight of the American sportsman. Yes, a few animals and fish are harvested each year for the benefit of the entire species, but absent that there would be no sportsmen, no funds, no efforts, and soon no species. Now, the various governments and anti-hunting fishing groups (what do they call themselves?) want to claim the credit.We must not let that lie survive.

        3. Haha. Yes, nice little fairytale. Hunters clubbing to together to save species. Whilst it’s true that some funds go to wildlife management and are well used, it’s all in the name of killing. If you can’t kill it, you are not interested. Same fatuous argument when it comes to hunting species like the giraffe in Africa. You’d have everyone believe that money for safaris goes to poor natives or “conservation” when in reality it just goes right to corrupt politicians and the top guides. I don’t have anything to do with the nutters at PETA, but if push came to shove, I’d replace all of you with all of them. They’re nicer people.

          Back to the issue at point. That Elk was killed for its rack. NOTHING MORE.

          1. @Toy Story, It is merely historical facts. All the money was to go to support wild life, but liberal/democrat/socialist administrations have constantly stolen from the fund their pet projects. And how do you explain the plight of the American Mustang? The survived and thrived for 400 years in this country. After 20 years of “management” by the BLM, the American Mustang is ninety percent gone.

            1. Old Bill, what the [email protected] are you blathering on about you silly old fart. The moment someone calls you on your bs you just change the subject. Typical right winger. Has no answers or arguments, only sound bites fed to him by Rush Limbough and other such assclowns.

            2. The Mustang is an example of what happens to a non-game animal when the government “manages it” The the opposite of the game animals that hunters have a stake in, and the plight of the American Mustang is really famous. If you had any real interest in animal welfare you would have known about it. Just another trap for liberal frauds, like yourself, to fall into.

      1. …”easily” have killed that elk at over 100 yds??? You could have the most advanced bow on the market today and I guarantee you it still wouldn’t be “easy” to kill a game animal at that distance. You severely uneducated on the subject…

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