Kentucky May Have New State Records for Elk

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It's all but official. Both state records – typical and non-typical – apparently fell during the opening weekend of the 2006 Kentucky bull elk season.

Franklin D. Scott, 60, of Garrett, Ky., took a massive 7 x 7 Knott County bull Sunday morning whose gross green score in the upper 370s is almost five feet larger than the current typical Kentucky state record held by Paul Cummins of Rockcastle County at 319 6/8 taken last season.

Andrew Kidd, 37, of Stearns in McCreary County, took an 7 x 8 Perry County bull Saturday morning. Its lower 340s green score gross tops the current non-typical state record held by Mathew Hall at 320 2/8 by about two feet, also taken last season.

Green scores (measurements taken in the first few hours of harvest) are preliminary only. Official measurements can be done and scores are officially recorded after 60 days.

Both elk were taken on at-large tags and were part of the 200 opportunities to hunt Kentucky elk awarded in the nationwide lottery earlier this year. The two new potential state records spotlighted opening weekend of only the sixth bull elk hunting season since Kentucky’s elk restoration project began in December 1997. The first state record typical, taken in 2001 by Jimmy Garrett of Louisville, netted out at just under 300 inches and stood for two years. But it has fallen each year since.

Scott's bull drew a huge crowd at the weigh-in station at the Hazard Walmart that gathered to watch the scale settle on 725 pounds for the 6-year-old bull. He said hunted and called to the bull Saturday evening on the Knott-Floyd mining job where he worked for years prior to retirement, but it refused to show itself. He returned Sunday morning to the mountain's top. This time when he called, it followed a number of cows into the open. He took it with a 100-yard shot.

Kidd's bull fell, the result of a 276-yard shot from his Remington .30-06 on the reclaimed Lost Mountain mine in Perry County.

"This is great," said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Big Game Coordinator Dr. Tina Brunjes of Scott's bull. "The fact that his animal is on the young side of a Boone and Crockett Club listing is evidence of the abundance and quality of Kentucky's elk habitiat."