A 400 bull elk is a tough trophy to come by. They are few and far between.
Some states produce a few 400 bull elk (gross) every year, but Idaho is not usually one of those. Recently, one of my good friends sent me a text with a photo in it of his cousin. The title of the text was “Brock’s bull elk gross 408 1/8 net 398 3/8 green”. I just about fell out of my chair. I’m sworn to secrecy on the location, but this is a legit Idaho 400 bull elk and while he’s not going to net over 400, he’s still a HUGE bull. Especially in Idaho.
I believe that harvesting a 400 net (typical) bull elk is one of the hardest benchmarks to reach. A look at the facts will confirm this.
- Top three bull elk recorded in the 22nd Boone and Crockett Big Game Awards, 1992-1994, are as follows:
1st 395 0/8 Arizona
2nd 393 4/8 Nevada
3rd 390 2/8 Arizona
- Top three bull elk recorded in the 23rd Boone and Crockett Big Game Awards, 1995-1997, are as follows:
1st 398 7/8 Arizona
2nd 397 1/8 Nevada
3rd 396 6/8 Arizona
- Top three bull elk recorded in the 24th Boone and Crockett Big Game Awards, 1998-2000, are as follows:
1st 425 3/8 Nevada-State Record and #6 all time
2nd 397 5/8 New Mexico
3rd 397 3/8 Arizona
As you can see from these recording periods, it is very rare to take a net 400 elk. In contrast there would be several bulls that would gross score over 400, but on average, a big typical bull will have approximately 10 to 15 points deduction. In order to get a net 400, more than likely, you will have to take a bull that would have a gross score of 412 points or better. Brock’s bull just about makes it, but not quite. A true trophy though and will go down as one of the largest elk ever taken in Idaho. While we do have some incredible elk hunting in Idaho, shooting a bull like this is not very likely… in any state for that matter. Congratulations Brock.