I know he's domestic, but is he even and elk? Check out his neck. It's all tan. Most elk have a very black neck, at least along the spine. Also his horns are very red. Maybe some foreign genetics, red stag or something like that?
This is a "Manitoba" elk. Shot on a quebec fenced farm. I believe this is a true Eastern elk blood line. The Manitobas were aparently very large horned. Any Red Deer I saw in Scotland had antlers like a big mulie buck.
The quandary of all hunters is how do I give myself the best chance to take home a trophy animal after shelling out hundreds of dollars for that coveted tag in another state. I face this issue this year with an Antelope tag in Colorado. Now I know that Antelope should be the easiest tag to fill in NorthWest Colorado. They are everywhere, but how do we give ourselves the best chance to take home that one animal that eludes everyone else. My advice, first and foremost, is don't shoot your...