For most big game hunters, the chance to square your sights on a 400-inch elk is an once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Every time an elk hunter sends a bugle echoing through the hills he's hoping to get closer to the ultimate Wapiti record breaker. To help all you bone collectors get pumped up for this season, we've compiled eight examples of Boone & Crockett elk. Enjoy. (photos: Boone & Crockett Club)
Paul Kunzler's Monster California Elk
This big ol' Roosevelt's Elk was taken in Del Norte County, Cali., in 1999. The bull scored 300 1/8, which is currently the No. 285 Roosevelt's in the record books.
Dan Agnew's Non-Typical Giant
Dan Agnew harvested this 436 4/8-inch bull—currently ranked No. 11 in the B&C record books—in Columbia County, Wash., in 2008. What most might not know is that he has killed bigger. Agnew took a 442 3/8-inch non-typical elk in Gila County, Ariz., in 2001.
Ted Brookman's British Columbia Bull
Ted Brookman took this 7x7 bull in British Columbia in 2001. It is currently the 44th largest Roosevelt's elk ever harvested with a score of 349 3/8.
Archie J. Nesbitt's New Mexico Monster
Archie J. Nesbitt harvested this 375-inch bull in Cibola County, N.M. some 13 years ago.
Steve Perry's Monster
Steve Perry's Nevada bull scored 400 4/8 and is currently ranked as the No. 46 typical elk in the Boone & Crockett record book. He harvested this beauty in 1999.
Kirk Winward's Oregon Elk
Kirk Winward took this Roosevelt's elk in 2005. It scored 314 3/8 and is currently No. 191 in the record books.
Ken Thulin's Monster Roosevelt's Bull
Ken Thulin took another in a long line of record book Roosevelt's bulls harvested in British Columbia in 1996. Thulin's trophy scored 351 4/8 and is currently ranked No. 42.
James Cook's Utah Beauty
James Cook took this Utah beauty in 1999 in Tooele County. It scored 391 5/8 and is currently ranked No. 132 in the record books.