Minnesota hunter Lacey Lupien has officially broken a state record, taking the second-largest bull elk ever shot in the state. According to the Star Tribune, the Boone and Crockett Club has formally recognized Lupien's massive bull elk, shot near her Lancaster home over the summer, as the second-largest Minnesota elk in the books. With a 7-by-8 rack, a gross score of 380, and a net of 367, the elk is so big, she and her husband, Lance, are having to remodel their home just to make room for the mount.
On August 6, the second day of the season, Lupien was in a neighbor's old box stand when the animal stepped out of the woods and into a bean field 250 yards away. She shot once with a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle, not sure she hit it. But a slight blood trail led to the downed elk, 120 yards from where it was shot.
"We heard it crash into the woods,'' said Lupien, a nurse who won the elk tag in this year's license lottery. "It was so exciting.''
For more on this story, check out the original reporting by the Star Tribune.