A possible new world record elk has been shot in Montana. (Photos from the Boone and Crockett Club Facebook page.)

(MTN News-MISSOULA) Officials with the Boone & Crockett Club and the Pope & Young Club say a Montana hunter may have bagged a new world record elk.

In a press release on the club’s Facebook page, the group said the elk had a green score measurement of 429-6/8 net and 448-4/8 gross.

The current Pope & Young Club’s World’s Record typical American elk, taken in Arizona in 2005, scored 412-1/8 points.

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“This bull may well be the largest typical American elk taken in the last 48 years,” said Justin Spring, Boone & Crockett’s Director of Big Game Records.

The elk was taken by a resident hunter on a solo hunt early in the archery season.

It took the hunter, who at this time prefers to remain anonymous, a couple of days to pack the bull out.

He then took the bull to a taxidermist and “a rough score confirmed it was time to call an experienced Boone and Crockett Official Measurer.”

The antlers need to dry for 60 days before an official score can be made, the release states.