Archive for the Elk Category

Tree Killed Elk-a different way to harvest a trophy

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America, Other cool stuff on February 10, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Windfall timber has always fascinated me.  A few years ago, I killed an elk on a solo archery hunt.  On my last haul of meat, it got dark and I lost the faint trail through an old stand of timber.  I wasn’t far from my vehicle, but I somehow wandered into a tangle of windfall that I estimated to be a quarter of a mile long.  After a long day of hauling an elk out alone, climbing over windfall every third step just about took the last of my strength.  I must have hit the ground no less than 30 times.  Try getting back to your feet with 60 lbs of meat strapped to your back when you were as tired as I was.  Needless to say, I was cursing my bad luck.  As I was stumbling and falling over downed trees I got to thinking, “Why don’t these things kill stuff.”  I mean, when was the last time you heard of a camper or hiker luckily avoiding a falling tree.  Is that because most trees come down in the winter?  Do people just not spend sufficient time in old growth stands of forest?  Not a big mystery I guess you could say…I was just wonderin’.

Then I was forwarded these photos.  No explanation in the email.  No explanation needed I guess.

Mud Football Great White Hunter Style

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America on January 30, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

These two monarchs put on quite a show.  Enjoy the photo montage-I’m a bit stuck in a rut of posting photo montages right now.

Sheep Lakes — Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

Cary Valerio-My Dream Hunts Winner

Posted in Big Game, Elk, Friends and Family, Guides and Outfitters, North America, Other cool stuff, Outdoor Products and Services with tags on January 29, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I just got off the phone with a buddy Cary Valerio.  He signed up for My Dream Hunts as a referral from The Great White Hunter A couple of Months ago.  I just learned that he just won a $5000 elk hunt with Eagle Spirit Outfitters in Colorado.  Congratulations Cary!

Here is the email I Cary sent me: 

Ryan,  I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to After just a few months of waiting, I just received notification that I won!!  I won a 5 day fully guided Elk Hunt in NW Colorado.. I just spoke with the guide yesterday afternoon, and everything is set up!!  I can’t believe it.. I’ve never won anything before.. Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful website.. I will now let everyone I know in on this un-believeable secret. And, since I’m so lucky, maybe I’d better go to VEGAS before my luck runs out. Thanks again Ryan.

Cary Valerio

New World Record Bull Elk?

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America, Trophies with tags on January 13, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Has anyone heard verification of the harvest and size of this bull.  If this is accurate, it will pass the famous spyder bull harvested in Utah in 2008.  Here is the description forwarded to me by email: This Elk was killed with a bow in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Montana ) . He green scored 575′ and should net out at about 530′ non typical. He has and unbelievable outside spread of 79′. This is the biggest bull elk ever taken with any weapon.

Skoronski Bull-434 inches of Beautiful

Posted in Big Game, Elk, Guides and Outfitters, guides and outfitters, North America, Trophies, World's Best with tags on December 26, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Utah has replaced Arizona as the big bull Mecca for world class rocky mountain elk.  In 2006 one particularly trememdous specimen was harvested by Ron Skoronski and his legendary guide Doyle Moss and his Mossback Team.  This bull is a typical 6×6 who scores a remarkable 434 inches Boone and Crocket.  Possibly the largest 6×6 ever harvested, this old boy is Mr. Skoronski’s second 400 class bull elk.  An amazing feat by itself.

Special thanks to Doyle Moss for use of the photo.  For more photos of this exceptional animal visit  If a 400 class bull is your goal and you have the financial means to buy one of those coveted conservation tags at auction, Doyle and his team are your best bet for harvesting the trophy of a lifetime. The money goes to conservation of these beautiful animals.  In 2006 alone, Doyle and his crew harvested 8 bulls over 400 inches and several more just shy of that magical mark.

Two Bulls Lock Horns…For Good

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America, Other cool stuff with tags on November 14, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks Wade for the forward of this story which appears to come out of the AP-the full article is included below:

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It’s not all checking hunting and fishing licenses. Sometimes the issues are bigger. Like when a Nevada game warden was handed the chore of figuring out how to separate two bull elk who locked horns while sparring and couldn’t untangle themselves.

Two Bulls Tangled

The saga began Nov. 21 when a rancher in Reese River Valley spotted the two elk. By the following day, the animals were gone and the rancher assumed they had separated.

A week later, according to Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist Tom Donham, the rancher was out looking for some of his cows and saw the elk again. This time, he called the wildlife department and Donham, game warden Brian Eller and Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Bryson Code headed out to see what they could do. When they reached Indian Valley , south of Austin , it was Nov. 29, one week after the elk were first seen.
two bulls tangled-closeup

‘When we arrived where the rancher had last seen them, we found them pretty quickly. They were both lying on the ground and one of them was in a very uncomfortable-looking position with his head directly above the others head and his nose pointing straight up to the sky,’ Donham said. Eller said he wondered if they had survived their ordeal.

‘Once we found out they were alive, I was hoping they couldn’t move and would stay where they were. That didn’t happen. When they ran off, I was hoping they could not go very far. That didn’t happen either,’ he said.
Two Bulls Tangled-above
The elk may have been sparring at the outset, but Donham and Eller say they used teamwork to run for nearly a mile to evade the newcomers. ‘It looked like they had been doing it all their lives; serious cooperation if I’ve ever seen it,’ Donham said.

After two unsuccessful attempts, Donham was able to get a tranquilizer dart into one of the elk. With one down, the other could not run, but was also partially tranquilized in order to separate the two
Eller and Code helped hold the elk down while Donham used a hand saw to remove part of an antler from one of them.
Trying to help out

‘As soon as they were apart, the bull that hadn’t gotten a full dose jumped to his feet and Bryson, Brian and I quickly gave him all the room he wanted. He went off about 30 yards and lay down for about 10 minutes before finally walking up the hill and over the ridge, none the worse for wear,’ Donham said. The other elk was treated with antibiotics and eventually walked off as well, after the tranquilizer had worn off.

‘If these two bulls had not been discovered, and we had never gotten the call, they more than likely would have both died. Watching the bulls walk away, and knowing that we likely saved them from a slow death was definitely one of those moments that makes this job rewarding.’

Ginormous Bull Elk-New Mexico

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America on October 27, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

9x9 New Mexico Monster

What a brute.  This New Mexico Bull has 9 points on each side and apparently scored a remarkable 443.  What an amazing resurgence of monster bull elk coming of the west.  Check out the length of those brow tines!

Monster Bull Elk-out of the Yukon

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America on October 20, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

This tremendous bull elk was taken out of Yukon-which is not known for its elk herds.  With gross score of over 450, this is truly a world class animal.  Congratulations to Al Klassen, a sheep guide who has guided many clients to their own trophies.  Thanks to Emily for the forward!

Al Klassen-1

Al Klassen-3

Al Klassen-2

Walter Tate and his Bull

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America on October 11, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

75 year old Walter Tate is of the age to know what a trophy of a lifetime means.  His officially scored 403 bull elk harvested in 2006 fits the category nicely.  Guided by Montana outfitter Mark Baumeister of Mark’s Montana Trophy Hunts, Mr. Tate was willing to harvest any mature specimen. When this grand old bull entered the picture, he was given an opportunity on the bull of a lifetime.  A true 400 class, 7×7 with exceptional mainbeams, this bull is one for the ages.  Congratulations Walter and Mark.  Visit Mark’s Montana trophy hunt home page on the web

Walter Tate-403 Gross 7x7

Here is a slightly higher view of this tremendous bull elk.

Walter Tate big bull

Mark thanks for the updated photos.  Here is one last perspective-see the length of the tines in relation to Walter body.  What a tremendous animal.

Walter Tate-Mark's Montana Hunts

Kelly’s Monarch-State Record for one Lucky Lady

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America on October 1, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Kelly-thank you for use of your great story.  If you have been putting in for a coveted lottery tag-you may not want to read on.  Kelly’s elk gross scores an incredible 408 inches and is the largest bull ever taken by a woman in the state of Utah.  For more pictures and to read Kelly’s story click on the picture below.

Kelly's State Record Bull

Thanks again to Kelly and Emily for the great pictures and a one-of-a-kind story.