Measurers present at the Special Panel (L to R) Heath Dreger, Bill Deyo, Joyce Lorenz, Mike Halirewich, and P&Y Records Committee member, Pat McKenzie. With a confirmed final score of 449 4/8”, O’Shea’s bull is the new P&Y World Record. This bull surpasses the previous world record by 7 4/8”.
According the O’Shea the bull was first located in September of 2017. “Routine examinations of trail cameras rendered interesting snapshots of the nocturnal 8 x 7 bull elk. As of yet it had not been seen in other hunts or scouting trips, and interest only grew as time went on like this. The few pictures caught by camera served only as teasers, you had to but look at the photos to realize the massive potential of this animal.”
Shawn finally caught up the bull in the fall of 2020. Shawn recalled, “On the 13th (September), I heard him fighting with another bull and tried to get in close, only to be halted by the dark. Hoping to get a glance the next morning, I set out and was once again treated to a no show. The evening hike in proved promising at first due to an abundance of fresh bull rut activity. Once in place, I tried a few locator calls with no responses. I then set up in a ground blind near a frequently used trail with fresh sign. Eventually the bull appeared to my left at only 30 yards, seemingly planning his next move. He stood for 3 to 5 minutes, with the wind in my favor. In a compromising position, I waited until a draw would not spook the bull. He then closed the gap to 18 yards, and I was able to draw and make the shot count.”
This amazing bull will be invited for display at the Pope and Young Convention in Reno, NV. The convention will run from July 14-17, 2021, with the awards dinner and presentation on Saturday, July 17th.
Question for the measurers.......On a Yellowstone elk, the crowned points are scored as Nontypical points (I’m assuming). On Rosies, crowning is much more prevalent. Are crowned points scored differently on Rosies than on a Yellowstone?
Roosevelt elk commonly grow crown points (points on or above the royal point (G4). They are added to the score without symmetry deductions. Any abnormal point below the G4 are deducted, as there is currently no non-typical category for Roosevelt elk.
American Elk have a typical and nontypical category. For typical, any/all abnormal points (or ‘crown points’) are deducted from the finale net typical frame. For non-typical American elk, the typical frame is measured (with symmetry deductions) and then the abnormal points are added to the typical frame. Abnormal points can grow at any location on the antlers.