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Kentucky reintroduced elk to the state between 1997 and 2002. More than 1,500 elk were brought in from seven midwestern states, bringing bugling back to the Bluegrass State for the first time since the 1840’s.

In the intervening years, elk herds have grown to include as many as 10,000 animals across 16 counties.

The previous state record was set in 2009 when Terrell Royalty shot his 372 6/8-inch bull. That animal was bested Oct. 3, 2015, when David Giles shot his elk during the rifle season.

Giles used a .300 Win. Mag. to shoot 322 yards. After the mandatory 60-day drying period, Giles’ bull scored 377 5/8 inches Boone and Crockett.

Both bulls were taken in Knotts County.