PA’s Non-Typical Record Momentum Ranks in B&C’s Top 10
Duane Kramer’s incredible 455-inch bull elk became Pennsylvania’s atypical record of 2020, and now he’s officially landed squarely in the top 10 of the Boone & Crockett Book of Records in that category. During its just-concluded 31st Big Game Awards, a jury certified Kramer’s monster as the No. 6 sire of all time for atypical American elk.
Kramer, an entrepreneur from Bellingham, Washington, won a coveted Pennsylvania bull elk tag in a 2020 Keystone Elk Country Alliance raffle. He was hunting with Elk County Outfitters when he shot the whopper bull with a 7mm Magnum rifle. As impressive as Kramer’s bull was, it wasn’t love at first sight. While most of us think of Rocky Mountain or high desert states when we imagine trophy elk, Pennsylvania has been producing top-notch bulls since it opened its first modern elk seasons in 2001.
In fact, PA now has four sires in the top 20 of B&C’s atypical category. William Zee’s Clearfield County giant, killed in 2011, claims No. 13 with a score of 442-6/8 inches, followed closely by John Shirk’s 2006 bull at No. 15 and a score of 441-6 /8. Untypical Elk #16 is a bull picked up by the PA Game Commission in 2014 at 440-1/8. Only Arizona leads the PA in the top 20 list, with 9 bulls in total . No other state has produced more than two.
In total, PA has a total of 29 entries (20 non-typical and nine typical) of B&C male elk in just over two decades. “Thanks to the conservation efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), and other partners, Pennsylvania elk are thriving,” B&C wrote in a press release. “Chances are the record books didn’t see the last Pennsylvania elk. With proper habitat management and conservation, herds will continue to grow and records will continue to be broken.