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UTAH?S RED HOT RUN OF RECORD ELK

HUNTING ILLUSTRATED.com

BY DAVID KING

Over the past six years, Utah has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to trophy elk. No other state has dominated the record books and broken state records on an almost yearly basis like Utah. This amazing run has produced world records which might stand the test of time. Currently, as of 2008, Utah holds world records for muzzleloader typical and overall non-typical elk for Boone & Crockett. Utah also has a pending #2 in the world for archery non-typical (Pope & Young), potential #3 muzzleloader non-typical, and also the #4 overall typical elk in the world. This elk also happens to be the largest 6x6 on record. This proves a strong showing in three major weapon categories: rifl e, muzzleloader and archery. Amazingly, this has all happened in just the last few years. There is no long-standing history behind Utah?s elk legacy. There really wasn?t an outstanding history until about ten years ago when the combination of great conservation efforts came together with a higher age class. Things really exploded in 2003 when 400class elk from Utah dominated the West. From that time forward, no other state has put more bulls in the record books. As Utah celebrates the Denny Austad Spyder Bull as the new world record, non-typical bull elk, we take a look back on some of the great bulls over the years.

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