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Elk bagged by Moorhead cop likely to set new record

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A Moorhead police investigator is trying to figure out where to display a full head mount of an elk that he shot earlier this fall. It's going to be a problem to find enough space in his home.

Forum Communications reports that paperwork to be finalized soon likely will certify the bull elk shot by Brad Penas, 45, in Kittson County in September, as the highest-scoring elk ever taken by hunting in Minnesota.

The Boone and Crockett Club, founded by Theodore Roosevelt and others to promote conservation and preserve hunting, has official charts for scoring game. The club also keeps track of hunting records. Randy Dufault, a certified measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club in East Grand Forks, said it’s all but official the 820- pound animal will be the highest-scoring elk ever taken by a Minnesota hunter.

The club requires a 60-day drying period after the taxidermist prepares the rack. When it was measured in late November, it was given an official score of 393 2/8 inches in the typical category for symmetrical antlers. According to Boone and Crockett, the previous record for an elk taken by hunting in Minnesota scored 371 6/8 inches typical. At the time of the hunt, WDAY dumbed down what that means for non-hunters by explaining that it was "...a really, really big elk."

Penas this week said he got an email confirmation from Boone and Crockett that they had received the paperwork from Dufault. Once they’ve reviewed Dufault’s work, the score will become official. Then it's a matter of finding wall space for the trophy.

“We have 5½ feet above the entrance in the foyer area," he wrote in an email. "The problem is that I am guessing (the mount) will take up about 6 feet.”

A story in OutdoorHub noted that Kittson County is legendary among elk hunters, writing that the animals "... were reintroduced to Minnesota in the first half of the twentieth century and thrived especially in Kittson County thanks to a land purchase in 1993 by the Nature Conservancy. Prescribed burns and conservation efforts produced wide stretches of grassland and other habitat well-suited to elk, which led to more healthy animals."

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