The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's 2011 Great Elk Tour, themed “Great Elk Need Great Habitat,” is appearing across the U.S. this year.
Right now, the tour is scheduled to appear in Montana June 23-26 at the Headwaters Country Jam in Three Forks and July 8-10 at Kalispell's Sportsman's Ski Haus. Tour schedules, photos and other details are updated frequently at www.greatelktour.org.
“Massive antlers are a product of age, genetics and habitat, but unfortunately quality habitat is disappearing all across elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.
The 2011 tour features six monster bulls from five different states:
Arizona-net score: 442-3/8 B&C typical — After several days of tracking this bull, locally nicknamed “Mr. Big” in the San Carlos area, hunter Dan Agnew finally got a shot following a half-mile run at 6,000 feet in 80-degree temperatures. Gross score: 454-6/8 B&C typical.
Arizona-net score: 413-2/8 B&C nontypical — During the late 2008 rifle season, hunter Roger Dandy shot this giant nontypical bull on public land. The bull stands as the 13th largest nontypical bull of all time. Gross score: 435-2/8 B&C typical.
Colorado-net score: 410-3/8 B&C nontypical (approx.) — These Colorado sheds were the find of a lifetime and some of the biggest ever found in the state. The bull was later seen on game-trail cameras and many believe it is still in the area. Gross score: 422-5/8 B&C nontypical (approx.).
Montana-net score: 388-6/8 B&C typical — Dave Bymaster shot this bull on Block Management land in Montana on Oct. 30, 2008. It was the hunter's first elk, taken after five arduous days of hunting. Gross score: 393-5/8 B&C typical.
Nevada-net score: 415-0/8 B&C typical (approx.) — On July 31, 2009, Tyson Nelson found an elk shed while scouting for deer. The antler matched a shed found months earlier by another local resident, who graciously gave that antler to Nelson to complete the set.
Wyoming-net score: 407-0/8 B&C typical — Chris Renner harvested this massive nontypical bull on public land during the general hunting season. The bull ranks in the top 10 ever taken in Wyoming. These massive antlers weigh approximately 42 pounds each. Gross score: 420-0/8 B&C typical.