Duane Kramer’s unimaginable 455-inch bull elk grew to become Pennsylvania’s nontypical document again in 2020, and now it has formally landed squarely within the Boone & Crockett document e book’s prime 10 in that class. Throughout its lately accomplished thirty first Massive Sport Awards interval, a judges’ panel certified Kramer’s behemoth because the No. 6 bull all-time for nontypical American elk.
Kramer, a contractor from Bellingham, Washington, gained a coveted Pennsylvania bull elk tag in a raffle held by the Keystone Elk Nation Alliance in 2020. He was looking with Elk County Outfitters when he downed the whopper bull with a 7mm Magnum rifle. As spectacular as Kramer’s bull is, it was no lightning strike. Whereas most of us consider Rocky-Mountain or high-desert states when imaging trophy elk, Pennsylvania has been producing top-end bulls because it opened its first fashionable elk seasons in 2001.
The truth is, PA now has 4 bulls within the prime 20 of B&C’s nontypical class. William Zee’s Clearfield County large, killed in 2011, claims the thirteenth spot with a 442-6/8-inch rating, adopted carefully by John Shirk’s 2006 bull at No. 15 and a rating of 441-6/8. The No. 16 nontypical elk is a picked-up bull owned by the PA Sport Fee in 2014, at 440-1/8. Solely Arizona tops PA within the Prime 20 checklist, with 9 bulls whole. No different state has produced greater than two.
All instructed, PA has a complete of 29 (20 nontypical and 9 typical) B&C bull elk entries in simply over twenty years. “Due to conservation efforts by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the Rocky Mountain Elk Basis (RMEF), and different companions, Pennsylvania’s elk are thriving,” write B&C in a press release. “Likelihood is good that the document books haven’t seen the final of Pennsylvania’s elk. With correct administration and habitat conservation, the herds there’ll proceed to develop and information will proceed to be damaged.“