A 400 inch bull elk is a tough trophy to come by. They are few and far between.
Some states produce a few bulls that gross over 400 inches 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 an Idaho 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 an elk that will net over 400. 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.