Elk Hunter Stumbles Across Plesiosaur

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Invariably the sheer number of hunters hitting the great outdoors uncovers some unusual items every fall. This fall a Montana elk hunter was lucky enough to stumble across the fossil remains of a carnivore from 75 million years ago.

The Daily Mail has a story about David Bradt and his unusual find.

David Bradt, who was hunting elk, stumbled on the largely intact fossilised remains of a plesiosaur in Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, in Montana, U.S. Mr Bradt, who manages a guest ranch in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, said: 'At first I didn't realise what I was looking at. 'Then I realised it wasn't just an interesting piece of rock, I was looking at a rib. I was awestruck.'


hawkeye270's picture

So did he get an elk or

So did he get an elk or what... ha. Now that is quite the find. I know a lot of guys who love hunting for arrowheads and other relics so I think their head's would explode if they found something like this. I used to love digging for dinosaur bones when I was little and so that would be a dream come true to stumble upon a rib that was bigger than me. I am still waiting for my chance to discover something crazy like that. I guess I need to start terrorizing my mom again by digging 5 foot deep holes in her back yard like I used to do. She is really going to be confused when she comes home to me home for Thanksgiving break taking a shovel to the lawn but hey... a man's got to do what a man's got to do! Wish me luck haha.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

That would be an awesome

That would be an awesome find.  Not too many guys go elk hunting and come home with a dinosaur.  Congrats to the lguy for finding it.  Will be interesting to see what happens and what is left when they begin to dig it out.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

I am kind of curious what

I am kind of curious what this guy will get out of it.  It appears he was on federal land, so technically, it belongs to the government, I believe.  If so, maybe they will at least let him name it, or name it after him.

CVC's picture

Yeah, it sounds like the feds

Yeah, it sounds like the feds took control of it already so I don't think the guy will get it or anything monetary, but having it named after him would be cool.  So would a little plaque stating it was found by him if it was displayed in a museum.

Wonder how much something like that is actually worth?  Saw some little plant and insect fossils sell for $1200 on pawn stars so i bet this would be worth mucho dinero.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, I just did some quick

Well, I just did some quick searching on google.  Just the teeth alone are from $175 to $250.  I found one whole fossil, 6 feet long, and it's actually a REPLICA and it's $1000 starting bid.  I gotta believe a 12 foot fossil, if it's original and mostly fully intact, has to bring a boatload more money.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Call me a kid, but this is

Call me a kid, but this is still one of my fascinations.  I love history, and relic hunting.  I love looking for arrowheads, and any type of old thing I can.  The one thing I have never done is look for fossils, but I always say that if I win the lottery, it's one thing I would take a couple of weeks to do.  I'd book a trip to the Black Hills or somewhere else in the middle of the country and volunteer with a project, or just find access and start looking on my own.  I agree with you though CVC, don't know if I would recognize them right away or not.

Also Tornado chasing.  Would love to do that.  Great story!!!

CVC's picture

Talk about "shed" hunting. 

Talk about "shed" hunting.  Wow, what a find.  From looking at the pictures I am not sure I would have realized it was a fossil.  I am glad he found it and that it will be recovered.  I find old fossils a fascinating look into our past.