If you haven't been able to coax any jaw-dropper bull elk into the range of your rifle, then go to them.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is finishing its 2008 Great Elk Tour with three dates in Utah and Nevada. Giant bull elk from California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming are featured in the traveling taxidermy exhibit.
Expected stops include:
• Oct. 26-Nov. 9 Professional Bull Riders show, Las Vegas.
• Nov. 14-16, Sportsman's Warehouse, St. George, Utah.
• Dec. 4-13 National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas.
The tour features these six elk:
1. California's world record tule elk
Outscoring the old record by 14 inches, this awesome bull was found dead in 2005 on a private ranch in the Mendocino National Forest in northern California. Biologists aged the bull at 6 years and scored it at 379.
2. Idaho non-typical antlers
Kevin Calaway watched this bull for three years before drawing a tag to hunt it in 1997. When he finally found the bull, he watched it spar for 10 minutes with another giant. The bull was taken in Jefferson County and scored 385.
3. Montana non-typical antlers
This bull, scoring 429 1/8, was a Montana state record when taken in 1971 on public land in Granite County. Taken by John Luthje, the mount was donated to the Elk Foundation from the Luthje estate.
4. North Dakota typical antlers
This is the largest bull ever taken in North Dakota by a woman. Shanon Erbele hunted for three weeks before seeing her first elk. This bull, scoring 368 1/8, was taken in Golden Valley County.
5. Utah non-typical sheds
Gary Red, a longtime shed hunter in Utah, found this magnificent set of sheds in 2004, scoring 432. These are probably the largest sheds ever found in Utah.
6. Wyoming typical sheds
This impressive set of sheds scoring 404 (spread estimated) was found in spring 2007 in Park County. Shane Roemmich found the first antler, then spent six days before locating the second antler three-fourths of a mile away.