Elk taken on Christensen Outdoors TV show ranked SCI #3 All Time
New Berlin, WI — August 18, 2010 — Imagine seeing one of the largest elk racks in recorded history walk out of the thick brush and into close rifle range. Now imagine that you've got a film crew from one of the top hunting shows on television behind you as you place a perfect kill shot on the animal--that's exactly the dream scenario John Koster lived in real life last fall. Koster was hunting Arizona's Hualapai Indian Reservation as a guest on Christensen Outdoors TV when he encountered the monster bull. Watch this amazing hunt, August 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET, on Christensen Outdoors TV with re-airs Friday at 12:30 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., exclusively on Sportsman Channel. The elk scored an astonishing 478 5/8 points, good for the #3 SCI world ranking for a free-ranging, non-typical bull elk. To watch a sneak peak of the show, visit Sportsman Channel's Facebook page the week of August 16th at http://facebook.com/sportsmanchannel.
"As the leader in outdoor TV for the American sportsman, Sportsman Channel is proud to bring this riveting hunting story and absolutely spectacular bull elk to our audience" said Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel. "And as hunters, we applaud our friends at Christensen Outdoors for being there with John to capture this achievement with their crisp and close video footage!"
Early in the hunt, Koster spotted a magnificent 7x7 bull, with an estimated score of 400, during a spot-and-stalk with one of the native guides on the reservation. "(That bull) had a 'six pack' for a front and everything else we were looking for. I wanted that bull," said Koster in an article he wrote about the hunt titled "478 Arizona Monster" for Christensen's Hunting Illustrated.
Hoping to get a shot at the 7x7, they settled into the same spot the next morning. Instead of that trophy, though, a different bull walked on the scene, toting a massive split-beam rack in full velvet. "For some reason, I delayed (when I first saw him). Maybe it was that strange split that had me mesmerized'¦or that he was the biggest bull I've ever seen'¦but I almost blew the chance of a lifetime," Koster wrote.
Koster got his bull of a lifetime and thanks to the timing of the TV shoot, will always be able to back up his story. "I would strongly recommend the Hualapai Indian Reservation for anyone interested in beautiful elk county, good people and some of the largest bull elk in North America," Koster said in the article.
Christensen Outdoors, with host John Mogle, leads viewers around the world, into the serene wilderness and action-packed adventures that we have all come to love as hunting enthusiasts. Specializing in, but not limited to, western big game, Christensen Outdoors has its viewers longing for the next installment of our weekly hunting expeditions.
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