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 five 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 elk are taken each year that make the 375 minimum. Annually, only a handful of elk are taken in all elk states that exceed 400 points.
“This is an incredible hunting story and we tip our hats to Mr. Henderson. 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 Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott. “Now is a great time to start planning to make your own memories in 2015.”
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 that was with a cow. Unable to get the elk to come closer he stalked to close the distance to 53 yards when the elk presented a perfect broadside shot. The elk only traveled a little over 100 yards where he found it dead.
Henderson said he has hunted in the area a number of times and had seen bulls in the 350 class, but nothing that approached the size of his record animal. He had bagged 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.