Sunday, April 22, 2012

Biggest Elk Confirmed, Sets Pennsylvania State Record

A bull elk taken in 2011 had the largest rack ever registered in Pennsylvania. Last week, officials of the Boone and Crockett Club announced that William G. Zeeof Doylestown, north of Philadelphia, had set a new state record while hunting in Goshen, Clearfield County. The bull's estimated live weight was 930 pounds.
Boone and Crockett trophies must be taken in fair chase, and scoring is based on antler size and symmetry. Zee's elk scored 442-6/8 B&C non-typical points, ranking ninth among all non-typical elk in Boone and Crockett records. The antlers are unusually wide, spanning 69 inches. The rack has nine points on the right antler and eight on the left, with antlers tallying 190-3/8 on the right and 188-1/8 on the left, with 47-7/8 inside spread and 29-7/8 in abnormal points.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission issued 57 licenses for the 2011 elk seasons. Fifty-three of the hunters were successful, taking 19 antlered and 34 nonantlered elk. Zee's trophy beats the previous Pennsylvania record taken in 2006 in Clinton County by hunter John Shirk.

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