B & C Confirms New World Record Elk

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Jan. 7, 2009

Most U.S. hunters and anglers say they are more likely to buy products from
companies that support wildlife and fisheries conservation efforts, according
to a recent online survey conducted by the country’s leading company
specializing in tracking outdoor industry trends. You’ll also read about how a
popular dessert may be used to control an invasive species, and about the new
Boone and Crockett World Record bull elk!

B&C Confirms New World Record Elk
The so-called "spider bull," taken in Utah by hunter Denny Austad in
September 2008, has been confirmed as the new Boone & Crockett World

Last week, a B&C panel determined a final score of 478-5/8 non-typical,
93 inches above the B&C minimum score for non-typical American elk, and
13-plus inches larger than the previous world record.

With official data dating back to 1830, with a gross score of 499-3/8 inches,
it is the only elk on record that came close to reaching the 500-inch mark!

Denny Austad and his world record non-typical elk.

The giant bull has 9 points on the left antler and 14 points on the right.
The larger antler has a base circumference exceeding nine inches! The bull’s
final score of 478-5/8 inches included an incredible 140 inches of abnormal

Austad, of Ammon, Idaho, hunted the Monroe Mountain District in
south-central Utah on Sept. 30, 2008, killing the bull with a rifle he designed. He hunted for 13 days before connecting with the trophy, dubbed
"spider bull" for its unique antler configuration.

Companies’ Conservation Efforts Pay Dividends
According to Florida-based Southwick and Associates, hunters and anglers also
perceive specific firms as being particularly strong in their support for

In separate November 2008 surveys (one for hunters and the other for
anglers), respondents were asked if they would be more or less likely to buy
from companies that support conservation of wildlife and fisheries resources. A
significant 67 percent of hunters and 52 percent of anglers said they were
"much more likely" to buy products from conservation-supporting
companies. Additionally, 22 percent of hunters and 29 percent of anglers said
they were "slightly more likely" to buy products from such companies.

Only 7 percent of hunters and 14 percent of anglers stated that companies’
support for conservation had no influence either way on their purchasing

"These results show that clear majorities of both hunters and anglers
are positively influenced in their purchasing decisions by companies’ perceived
efforts in support of wildlife and fisheries conservation," said the
survey’s author, Rob Southwick of Southwick Associates.

The survey also indicated that hunters and anglers perceive specific
companies as being supporters of conservation efforts. In the separate surveys,
hunters were asked which listed companies they felt contributed to hunting and
wildlife conservation, and anglers were asked which listed companies they felt
contributed to fishing and fisheries conservation. The top five brands among
responding hunter and anglers were:

– Chevy Trucks: hunters 16 percent, anglers 15 percent;

– Budweiser: hunters 13 percent, anglers 12 percent;

– Polaris: hunters 12 percent, anglers 8 percent;

– Ford: hunters 10 percent, anglers 8 percent;

– Yamaha: hunters 8.5 percent, anglers 10.5 percent.

J.R. Absher

New York Recruits 15,000 Young Hunters
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reported its
preliminary results from the 2008 hunting season last week, indicating that
more than 15,000 youngsters aged 14 and 15 participated in big-game hunting in the
state under a new law aimed at recruiting new hunters.

The new law was promoted as part of the Families Afield initiative, a
cooperative effort of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild
Turkey Federation, and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Records indicate that 15,651 14- and 15-year-olds harvested 3,679 deer.

"The junior big-game license has proven extremely popular," DEC
Commissioner Pete Grannis said. "We were very excited to see so many young
hunters afield, and we have received many letters and e-mails from parents and
enthusiastic hunters about their experiences this year."

Just Desserts For Invasive Yellowstone Fish
With the aid of a federal grant, fishery researchers in Montana have come up
with a variety of scientific and highly technical options to determine the most
expedient method for eliminating invasive lake trout from Yellowstone National

Al Zale, leader of the Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at Montana
State University in Bozeman, suggests the use of ultrasound, microwaves, and
electro shocking to help protect the native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake
from the illegally introduced, non-native fish.

Another less technical possibility is Jell-O, Zale said.

The researcher said, and his collaborators believe, the gelatin substance
could effectively smother the eggs of lake trout during the late fall spawning
season and prevent them from hatching. Past telemetry studies would help direct
the Jell-O Application Brigade to the primary lake trout nesting areas of the
park’s largest body of water.

If the gelatin method is chosen for use in the project, Zale said the
research team would probably recommend the unflavored and colorless kind. So
don’t worry about seeing red and green Jell-O squares straight out of the Furr’s
Cafeteria dessert shelf resting atop of a mound of fish eggs.

Quote Of The Week
"Duck hunting gives a man a chance to see the loneliest places … blinds
washed by a rolling surf, blue and gold autumn marshes … a rice field in the
rain, flooded pin-oak forests or any remote river delta. In duck hunting the
scene is as important as the shooting."
-Erwin Bauer
“The Duck Hunter’s Bible,” 1965

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the
outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at

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One Response to “B & C Confirms New World Record Elk”

  1. David Vaughn

    This world record is exactly why the poachers in the earlier article from PA need to feel the pain.