bull elk taken this season
surpass Bedford womans mark
FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 2006) Trimble Countys
Rita Tharp lost her place at the top of Kentuckys elk harvest
record books. Two new state records for bull elk were set this past
season, surpassing the Bedford residents old record of 310 3/8.
Cummins (left) of Mt. Vernon, Ky.,
watches as elk biologist Charlie Logsdon
(right) and wildlife technician Travis Neal (center) measure the
from the record bull.
Paul Cummins of Mt. Vernon, Ky., now holds the record
for a typical elk for a bull he took Oct. 1. The bulls antlers
scored 319 6/8 in the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system after being
officially measured Dec. 15 at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentuckys other bull elk record is now held by Matthew Train
Hall of Middlesboro, Ky. Halls bull, which had non-typical antlers,
scored 320 2/8 in the Boone and Crockett Club system after being measured
alongside the Cummins antlers Dec. 15. Hall took the bull Oct. 1.
A non-typical antler rack has two or more tines growing from the same
location on the main antler beam. A typical rack has only one tine growing
from the same location. The Boone and Crockett Club system is based
on the length, symmetry and mass of the antlers.
Kentucky has not previously recognized a non-typical record for elk.
Department officials decided to begin doing so because the antlers on
Halls bull were far larger than any non-typical antlers recorded
Photos of both hunters with their record elk antlers are posted on the
departments Internet site at fw.ky.gov.
Cummins, a veteran elk hunter, was one of 100 people drawn this year
for a quota elk hunt in Kentucky. His hunt occurred in Knott County.
Cummins said the quality of his Kentucky elk hunt was better than his
experiences in the western United States.
Weve never taken one this big anywhere else, he explained.
Theres no comparison of hunting out West and hunting here.
with his record bull elk.
Hall, who took his bull in Bell County, is a first-time
elk hunter. He believes the records established this year will fall
in 2006. Both of these records will be broken, he said.
Ive already seen a bigger bull than these the other day.
Only two of the 50 bull elk hunters drawn for the 2005 quota hunt have
not taken a bull. Department officials are not aware of a hunter taking
a bull with bigger antlers than those harvested by Cummins and Hall.
The state also issued 50 permits for cow elk for this years drawn
Kentucky began its elk restoration project in Eastern Kentucky in 1997.
Biologists estimate the state now has more than 5,000 free-ranging elk.
Limited hunting for elk began in 2001.
That both of our new state record bulls were born right here in
Kentucky is a testament to the success of Kentuckys elk restoration
program, said Tina Brunjes, the departments elk and big
game coordinator. These are the caliber of animals that folks
can expect to hunt in Kentucky in the future.
Quota hunt applications for the 2006 elk
hunt are now available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold,
online at fw.ky.gov
or by calling 1-877-598-2401. It costs $10 to apply. In 2006, Kentucky
will issue 200 elk permits through its quota hunt drawing.
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