Field & Stream Online Editors

The mind-blowing elk archery season of 2003 produced two trophy bulls that are expected to surpass the top slots in Pope and Young’s record books.

Nick Franklin of Phoenix, Arizona, shot what should become new No. 1 nontypical last September 18, near the town of Williams. The bull, nicknamed “Grandpa” by locals, was a huge 8-year-old that roamed Arizona’s Game Management Unit 8 near Flagstaff.

The official dry score was not in at press time, but “Grandpa” boasted a green gross score of 453 inches and a net of 4396/8 inches, overtaking the current P&Y; world record for nontypical American elk, a 4205/8-inch Idaho bull shot in 1981 by Steve Mullin.

The story behind bowhunting celebrity Chuck Adams’ 6×6 Montana bull is being protected like a major state secret. Whether he was on private or public land is not known, but Field & Stream has learned that he shot the animal somewhere on the south side of the Missouri River Breaks, north of Lewistown. The elk’s 412 green score stands to better Adams’ own previous P&Y; No. 1 typical record, which scored 4092/8, taken in Montana in 2000.