Feb 12, 2015

Burlington man bags world record crossbow elk

Albert Henderson of Burlington took a large elk last fall. So large, in fact, it set a record.

Albert Henderson (right) of Burlington, bagged this, the largest elk ever taken with a crossbow, last fall. At left is long time friend and hunting partner Larry Michaels. Courtesy photo

Henderson began his annual archery hunt near Dubois last fall with no idea he'd be encountering a bull for the ages. But by the end of the hunt, Henderson’s efforts would be rewarded with what the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has verified as the largest elk ever taken with a crossbow.

Henderson’s elk was scored at 426 1/8 points on the Safari Club International (SCI) scoring system. SCI maintains records for trophies taken with various weapons including rifle, handgun, muzzleloader, bow and crossbow.

Under the more familiar Boone and Crockett scoring system, Henderson’s elk measured 408 points, easily placing it in the top 5 percent of elk ever entered in the record books. The minimum score to qualify for the Boone and Crockett record book is 375 points. Very few harvested elk make the 375 minimum each year and only a handful of elk exceed 400 points.

“This is an incredible hunting story and we tip our hats to Mr. Henderson,” said Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott.

What makes Henderson’s trophy especially noteworthy is that it was taken on public land on a general license in the Shoshone National Forest.

Henderson was into the fifth day of his hunt and was working to get closer to another good bull when he saw his record book animal with a cow elk. Unable to get the elk to come nearer, he stalked to close the distance to 53 yards and the elk presented a perfect broadside shot.

“This is an incredible hunting story and we tip our hats to Mr. Henderson,” Talbott said.

The elk only traveled a little over 100 yards where he found it dead. Henderson said he has hunted in the area several times and had seen bulls in the 350 class, but nothing that approached the size of his record animal.

He had taken his only other crossbow elk in 2013 after more than 10 years of hunting. Over the years, several of his family members have also bagged elk with a crossbow.

“Wyoming is home to some of the most impressive wildlife in the world, but not everyone gets to see these animals, let alone hunt them,” said the Game and Fish's Talbott. “Now is a great time to start planning to make your own memories in 2015.”

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