Again in September 2023, a California hunter shot a Roosevelt elk that’s now poised to interrupt the Boone & Crockett Membership’s 9-year-old world report for the subspecies. In line with a B&C press launch issued at present Timothy Carpenter’s bull sports activities a preliminary rating of 439 7/8 inches. If licensed by a panel of judges, it’ll beat the earlier world report Rosie—set by Rick Bailey in British Columbia in 2015—by a whopping 20 inches.
An avid elk hunter with a number of Roosevelt information to his identify, Carpenter, 39, works as an elk information within the fall and a wildlife biologist within the springtime. He killed the now-pending report on Sept. 21 is northern California’s Humboldt County whereas searching with a rifle, a B&C official tells Discipline & Stream.
“It is extremely rewarding to be a part of any profitable Roosevelt’s elk hunt,” Carpenter mentioned, the press launch. “It’s that rather more rewarding once we are capable of take animals which are mature—and even previous their prime—and are Boone and Crockett animals.”
Carpenter believes the bull was 11 or 12 years previous, however he mentioned its physique wasn’t as large as you would possibly count on—given the large measurement of its trophy rack. “You’d suppose that packing antlers round like that, it might be beefier,” Carpenter informed Boone & Crockett. “The elk’s physique was the typical measurement of a mature Roosevelt’s bull, and his antlers nonetheless dwarfed his physique. It was most likely from a mix of nice genetics, excellent environmental situations, and plenty of late rain offering nice forage for ending out antler development.”
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Roosevelts are the biggest of the three elk subspecies for which B&C maintains information. Named by C. Hart Merriam in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, Rosies are the biggest elk subspecies on the North American continent. They’ll weigh as much as 1,100 kilos and are discovered solely within the Pacific Northwest—from northern California up via British Columbia’s mainland and into Alaska. Carpenter’s report gained’t be official till after his elk is analyzed by both an Awards Program Judges Panel or a Particular Judges Panel, B&C mentioned.