A trophy American elk taken last fall in Montana is an apparent archery world record, according to the Boone and Crocket Club.
After the mandatory 60-day drying period, the bull killed by Stephan Felix in September in Powder River County in Southeastern Montana, scored an astounding 430 inches by B&C; presumably a world record elk. The previous typical elk archery record was 412 1/8, taken in 2005 in Arizona, the club said in a press release.
Boone and Crockett, which is based in Missoula, Mont., said the elk was the largest taken by bow and arrow in nearly 50 years.
Felix reportedly killed the bull while on a solo hunt on public land during the early stages of Montana's archery season.
"History was made right here in Montana. 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," said Justin Spring, Boone and Crockett Club's director of Big Game Records
The current B&C world record taken with a rifle scored 442-5/8. The second and third largest typical elk were taken before 1900.
The record will be recognized by Pope & Young, which maintains archery-taken trophies.
"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," Joe Bell, executive director for the Pope and Young Club, said in the press release.
The final step in obtaining an official score — and thusly the world record — is to have a panel with scorers from both clubs score the antlers again before Pope and Young Club's Biennial Convention and Big Game Awards Ceremony on April 5-8 in St. Louis.
"Elk of this size are a sign that we're doing something right out there," Spring said. "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."