We all know Moose as large, majestic creatures, but just how large is the largest moose? Recently, a bull moose was verified by the Boone and Crockett Club as the new World’s Record for the largest antlers ever recorded for the Alaska-Yukon moose subspecies. The record measured out at 263-5/8 Boone and Crockett points. How does this look exactly? Enormous. The antlers measure 75-5/8 inches at the greatest spread and the left side comes to a total of 17 points. Even after a lifetime of moose hunting, the hunter who nabbed the giant bull moose, Heinz E. Naef of Dawson City, said he was shocked and in awe as the gigantic moose maneuvered his hulking antlers through the thick bush.
Since 1906, Boone and Crockett’s trophy data has been used as a means to measure the success of conservation programs. The system takes into account the antlers, horn size and symmetry. These are your primary indicators of an outstanding habitat, longevity of a species, sustainable harvest objectives and other variables that indicate sound wildlife management.
“Congratulations to Yukon Territory’s wildlife conservation agency, Environment Yukon, on succeeding in the many factors that go into ensuring healthy populations of moose,” said Eldon L. “Buck” Buckner, Vice President of Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North America Big Game Division.
Naef carried a .303 British with open sights and Winchester ammunition. Naef never intended on getting a trophy moose. His original intention was to get a good amount of winter meat. It’s pretty clear that Naef accomplished his mission, as he ended up with 1,250 pounds of moose meat. That’s moose burgers for a year, folks. The antlers were removed with a chainsaw and Naef did not even keep the cape for a shoulder mount.
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