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New Kentucky Record Non-Typical Bull

Kentucky has a new state record for a bull elk with non-typical antlers.


Kentucky resident Terrell Royalty's 7x7 elk scored 372 6/8 in the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, besting the old record of 367 7/8 taken in Harlan County in 2008. Royalty took his record elk from a wildlife management area in Knott County on Oct. 4, 2009.

The trophy could not be officially scored until after a 60-day drying period.

"I've hunted all of my life, I've had buck fever and all, but this bull was by far the biggest adrenaline rush of my life," said Royalty, 52. "Once it hit the ground, I felt like I was being stabbed with a million needles and it lasted two or three hours. I was almost in shock."

Royalty said he scouted the area with help from his friend Paul Moore. The first week of the 2009 bull elk season started Saturday, Oct. 3. His hunt proved fruitless for a day and half, and it just took a few seconds for his luck to change. Royalty, who was hunting with his best friend, Brad Smith, and guide Bob Hunter, heard a bugle.

"After we heard that bugle, we moved to get out front and downwind," he said. "We tracked and tracked to stay out in front of this bull. About 5 p.m. or so, a cow calf came out and we cow called back and forth. Then, the one cow calf turned into about nine. The cows came out in twos and got older and bigger as they came out."

The trophy bull then appeared in the clearing around 6 p.m. and bugled at another bull in the distance. "He turned broadside and everything was perfect," Royalty said. "It took 15 minutes to get the right angle on him."

Royalty, who estimated that he was 340 yards away from the bull, aimed his .300 Win. Mag. and shot only once.

Applications for this year's hunt are now on sale online at, the official Web site of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. It costs $10 to apply, and a hunter may apply only once. The drawing for the elk quota hunt is open to residents and non-residents. The deadline to apply for this year's hunt is April 30.

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