The Final Tale of a Super Bull

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The Grand Forks Herald has a story posted about Ryan Muirhead and a massive bull that he and others rescued. Days later the bull succumbed to its injuries and Ryan was allowed to claim the bull. Ryan took the bull to a taxidermist and was green scored at a staggering 456 4/8.

Ryan and a couple of deer hunting buddies were driving the back roads of Kittson County on Dec. 12 — the last morning of Minnesota’s muzzleloader deer season — when they came across a spectacle of nature they’ll never forget. There in the snow, just a few yards off the road, was a bull elk lying on its back, its massive antlers mired 8 to 10 inches into muddy ground that still wasn’t frozen, despite an air temperature of 25 below zero.


jim boyd's picture

Absolutely stunned. The

Absolutely stunned.

The antlers along do that.

OK back up... it was in Minnesota, I do not even think of Minnesota when I think of elk - although I am new to the scene...

OK now I am stunned that it was that big AND that it came from Minnesota.

I comment the Muirheads for their vigil and their desire to either help or eventually possess the animal... and they did get it in the end.

I am delighted that they will get this trophy and what better place for it to hang than in a 22' catheral ceilinged room?

I think the DNR did the right thing... they investigated, took samples, made the right decisions and then walked away.

Great work on their part...

I just wonder if the old bull did not hurt himself in some unkown way when he tried to cross the road... in a way that was not apparent to the regular folks on the scene and to the DNR folks that did the inspection of the beast.

And a beast he is... 450" + of antler and a spot in the top ten of all time - that is a stunning elk if there every was one.

That is like someone finding the # 5 whitetail of all time laying in a ditch... it would make headlines all over the world.

I often wonder why whitetails seem to get top billing of the antlered animals - maybe it is because they are so widespread??

I am a whitetail nut that is on the edge of becoming an elk convert... the massive size of the animals, the incredible racks - and then you couple that with the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains (which is what I think if when I think elk) and this seems a no brainer.

Great story with an incredibly great ending.

Good work for the Muirheads and BHG - loved the story!


Ca_Vermonster's picture

That's both a sad, but very

That's both a sad, but very nice story.  That is one TREMENDOUS bull!!!!!!

It was commendable to see them try to save it.  I know in other threads I have mentioned that I might let nature take it's course, BUT I mentioned if it was a man made cause (fencing), that I could understand helping out. 

Also, it is great to see the DNR working with those concerned hunters and citizens out there instead of doubting them.  Too many times you hear guys whining and complaining about the Fish and Game agencies of various states and how rude they are and unprofesssional, always thinking they are anti-hunter.

Personally, I think the complainers are people who have had some run-in with them while they were doing something that was not on the up and up.  I have never had anything but positive dealings with F&G.

It will be interesting to see how the antlers turn out.  That thing should be on display somewhere in Minnesota.  Great trophy!!!!  And, one last thing.... HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!  13 1/8 inches circumference????? Wow!!!

GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is truly an awesome

That is truly an awesome bull.  Sad to see a great animal go like that.  Nice to see the local DNR deal with the gentleman that was interested in the elk.  Nice to hear that he was not only interested in the antlers but the meat.  I am sure that the meat may not be all that good due to the fact that the bull was under tremendous strees for atleast 48 hours before he died.  Would like to see the mount once they get it done.

jaybe's picture

Big Bull!

That is one huge bull!

I didn't know they grew them that big in Minnesota either. If you think about it though, the whitetails of the northern climes grow very big, and they say it's so they can survive the frigid winters. Perhaps the same holds true for the elk.

Michigan has a sustainable elk herd, too, and we do get some pretty nice ones here.

Kudos to these folks for their concern. Glad they got the rack for their trouble.