The Biggest Typical and Non-Typical Bull Elk of All Time

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Which of These Legendary Elk Are Your Favorite?

No. 1 Typical: The Winters Bull

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The No. 1 typical of all time, taken by Alonzo Winters in the White Mountains, is a true monarch. It’s a feat anytime you get a bull over 400 inches. But this guy tagged a typical bull elk that topped 440. The long curling points on this bull are flat out incredible. So incredible, that it’s the most recent bull on the top three typical list. The other two came blazing out of the 1800s and held their ground ever since.

Score: 442 5/8 inches

Hunter: Alonzo Winters

Location: White Mountains, Arizona

Date: 1968

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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No. 2 Typical: The Plute Bull

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2 | No. 2 Typical: The Plute Bull

Here’s a giant bull. This big fella has super-long beams with giant tine length. John Plute had to have been proud when he brought down this Dark Canyon, Colorado, giant. Of course, we’d ask him about it but the bull was killed in 1899. This animal has held this record for that long. (And was No. 1 until 1968.)

Score: 442 3/8 inches

Hunter: John Plute

Location: Dark Canyon, Colorado

Date: 1899

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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No. 3 Typical: The Mystery Bull

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3 | No. 3 Typical: The Mystery Bull

The photo might not be much, but the bull sure is. This bull, sliding in at No. 3 and rounding out the typical list, comes with a good bit of mystery. We don’t know who killed this huge elk. But we do know it was taken in the Big Horn Mountains in 1890. It’s an iconic bull, to say the least.

Score: 441 6/8 inches

Hunter: Unknown

Location: Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

Date: 1890

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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No. 1 Non-Typical: The Austad Bull

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4 | No. 1 Non-Typical: The Austad Bull

Moving on to the non-typical category, we find ourselves looking at some truly giant bull elk. However, unlike with whitetails and mule deer, there isn’t a huge score gap between the top typical and non-typical elk. Only about 36 inches separate the No. 1 typical and non-typical entries. Also worth noting — the top non-typical entries are all fairly modern, as opposed to the typical entries.

The Austad bull, taken in 2008, was a true giant. As you can see in the photo, it’s an incredible bull. What really stands out about this specimen is the mass. It has it. That and about 20-some points to go with it.

Score: 478 5/8 inches

Hunter: Denny Austad

Location: Piute County, Utah

Date: 2008

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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No. 2 Non-Typical: The BC Bull

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5 | No. 2 Non-Typical: The BC Bull

The British Columbia bull, found dead around Upper Arrow Lake, is the eldest of the top three non-typical entries. But this bull has it all. Long beams. Long tines. Good mass. There’s nothing to complain about with this elk. It’s the very definition of a Booner.

Score: 465 2/8 inches

Hunter: Picked Up

Location: Upper Arrow Lake, BC

Date: 1994

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

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No. 3 Non-Typical: The Montana Bull

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6 | No. 3 Non-Typical: The Montana Bull

Another “picked up” bull, this stud from Kittson County, Montana, exhibits some long, curling beams and points. Not to mention it has a bunch of them. Only three inches separate this bull from the No. 2 spot. The competition is fierce, eh? Much respect for the top three entries in both the typical and non-typical bull elk categories.

Score: 462 2/8 inches

Hunter: Picked Up

Location: Kittson County, Montana

Date: 2010

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett

Also, make sure you check out the top typical and non-typical white-tailed deer of all time.

Editor's Note: This was originally published April 27, 2017.

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Record book animals are hard to come by. Especially the greatest ones. It seems the truly giant ones only come every few decades. Coincidence? I don’t think so. They’re just that tough to find.

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Think all elk look the same? Think again. The top-three typical and non-typical bulls in the Boone & Crockett records are all unique critters. Similar to whitetails, they have their own fingerprint in the headgear they carry.

If you’re into big bulls, check out the following gallery courtesy of the Boone & Crockett Trophy Search. You’ll see the biggest ones ever killed or found dead by man. Some of the photos might have that vintage look to them (some of these bulls are from the late 1800s and early 1900s), but they’re no less captivating.

Let us know what your favorite is from each category in the comments below.

Bonus Reads: The Top 5 States for Boone & Crockett Elk | 15 Bull Elk Screaming in Your Face